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Five Children Die In Abandoned Car In Niger

The Niger State Police Command has confirmed the deaths of five children who accidentally locked themselves on Sunday, in an abandoned vehicle in Gurara Albishir, a neighbourhood of Minna, the state capital.

New Telegraph learned that the children’s parents searched for them from 11 a.m. until they were discovered dead at about 4 p.m. The bodies of the children, ages five to thirteen, were found in the abandoned automobile.

An eyewitness from the area, Mallam Muhammed, stated, “This tragic incident came to us as a rude shock. Imagine losing five children within a few hours! It is painful. They got locked up while playing in the car without knowing and nobody knew they were there for hours.

“May Allah grant us especially the families the fortitude to bear this painful and sad loss. We never expected this.

“The five deceased children comprised of four girls and a boy. Three of them were from one family and only three belonged to their parents. The other two were children of two different families including the owner of the abandoned car.”


It was gathered that the automobile had been abandoned by the owner for about two years now.

SP Wasiu Abiodun, PPRO, who confirmed the occurrence in Minna on Monday stated that the incident was reported at Kpakungu Division.

He further explained that the children were discovered in a Honda Civic with the registration number GO 778 ABC in the Albishiri neighbourhood of Minna.

“They were found to have suffocated in the vehicle, while their bodies were later removed by the various parents, as Police visited the scene”, he said.

Abiodun said that the owner of the vehicle has been summoned for interrogation as the tragic incident is being investigated.

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