The discovery of three siblings dead inside their landlord’s Toyota RAV4 caused tangible tension in the Imota neighborhood of Ikorodu, Lagos.
The victims, Uche (3), Marvelous (5), and Lazarus (8), all children of one Mr. Osondu, were reportedly playing within the compound when they entered the SUV and suffocated.
On Tuesday, May 23, at around 11 a.m., a witness claimed the kids were playing with their cousin Blessing (11), within the compound, before getting into the RAV4.
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No one, he added, could explain why Blessing, the oldest, didn’t get in the car and didn’t call for help when she saw the situation her cousins had been trapped inside the car.
Some neighbours said Blessing failed to raise alarm out of fear of being flogged for venturing into the area.
Eyes Of Lagos gathered that a mob descended on the landlord and beat him until he was rescued by policemen.
Spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the incident, said that the Officer in Charge (O/C) Police Family Support Unit (FSU) got a distress call from anonymous callers of a suspected Sudden and Unnatural Death (SUD) by suffocation of under-aged children.
He said a patrol team and FSU personnel moved to the scene where they met a crowd that besieged the residence of one Moses in Ikorodu. Eyes Of Lagos reports,
“The father of the deceased children said he was from Izii community in Ebonyi State and a tenant at the aforementioned address. The children were playing with their cousin, one Blessing Hyacinth, a girl of about 11 years, a foster daughter to Mr Osondu, at about 11am inside the landlord’s RAV4 SUV parked in a fenced and gated compound,” the PPRO stated.
“One of them inadvertently pressed the central lock button of the vehicle and it ended up locking the trio till they got suffocated. The three children were taken to the Ikorodu General Hospital where they were confirmed dead by medics and their corpses deposited at the hospital’s mortuary for autopsy in the presence of their father.”
“The landlord was brought to the station for protective custody and the RAV4 SUV was taken to the station for safekeeping too,” he added.
Meanwhile, Don-prof Kesh, from Ebonyi State, shared a photo of the girl in a Facebook post on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, who he mourned.