Afusat Isiaka, a woman who lost three children in the incident, that happened on Saturday where eight children died inside a black Honda Pilot car parked on Adelayo street, Jah-Michael, along Badagry expressway in Lagos due to heat, said her children were murdered.
She identified her children as Zainab, Abdulwahab, and Yakubu.
According to her, seven of the eight children inside the abandoned car were lifeless when they were brought out of the car, noting that foam-like liquid was coming out of their mouths and nostrils.
Afusat insisted that her 12-year-old daughter could have opened the car if truly they were trapped inside, adding that it was not possible for the children to have died of heat within the period of 2:30 pm to 4 pm.
“Nobody will accept this. We lost seven children (referring to herself and her neighbours). I lost three. I was the one who gave birth to them. The oldest among them is Zainab, 12 years old. Another one would have been five years old this month, and the other one was four,” she said.
“Three children are gone like that. I gave birth to only four. Now, three are gone. They were killed.
“I’m a mother. My children were killed. They killed my children. I was the one who brought them out of the car. Their blood was drained.
“They were dried up when I brought them out of the car. I know my children were killed and dropped inside the car.”
The mother of four narrated the incident, saying some minutes after her children returned from school, they went out to play with her neighbours after they had finished eating.
Around 4 pm, she said she started to look for them because they were not around the house where they usually played with other children.
Some minutes later, she said a woman who sells provisions in a shop attached to the compound where the incident happened, told her that her children were inside the abandoned car.
Kadijat Rabbani, a woman who lost two girls, said she wants the government to investigate the incident.
“I don’t want anybody to beg me. I want the government to investigate this incident. How come they died? How many hours did they spend inside the car that caused their death?”
Rabbani’s children, Farida and Aishat, were aged seven and four, respectively.
Two other siblings who died in the incident are Taye and Idowu Ibrahim, aged five and two, respectively.
The Cable reported that an autopsy was not conducted on the children before they were buried.
Abdullahi Hassan, an uncle to some of the deceased children, said the family was asked to pay N100,000 per child for the hospital to conduct an autopsy.
Hassan said the family could not afford to pay such huge money, adding that it is “un-Islamic” to spend heavily on dead bodies before burial