Eight children have been found dead in a locked car parked along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway in Lagos State.
The children were found motionless inside the car, which was on Adelayo street, Jah-Micheal, along the expressway on Saturday.
The children, aged four to six years old, reportedly entered the car and locked themselves in. They were believed to have died due to heat.
According to a source, they were found dead a few hours later, when a parent was looking for one of them.
“The car owner parked his car outside his compound, and his kids, along with their friends, eight of them entered the car, presumably to play. It seems the car child lock was on and the car could only be opened from outside, so they died due to heat. Although, some people believe there’s more to the story,” the source said.
Adekunle Ajisebutu, Lagos police spokesperson, confirmed the incident on Sunday.
“The eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing,” Ajisebutu told TheCable.
“Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.”
The command spokesman also said Hakeem Odumosu, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, has ordered a “thorough and speedy” investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.