7th December, 2021
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has expressed displeasure with the fact that all the children found dead inside a car in the Badagry area of Lagos State were Muslims.
The group said it suspects foul play and has therefore called on the police to carry out a thorough investigation.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, 7th December 2021 by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The statement reads:
“Reports say eight children died inside a parked Honda Pilot Jeep marked AAA 157 BD on Sunday, 5th December 2021. The car was inside a fenced house in Adelayo Street, Jah-Michael area of Olorunda, Badagry.
“We have every reason to be suspicious for three major reasons. One, the ages of the children have been put between 4 and 9. We can understand if all of them were under four or under five years but we expect them to be able to open a car door with a nine-year-old among them.
“Two, why would so many children enter inside a single car? Why not two or three? The back seat must have been overloaded if they packed themselves there. We need to find out if any of them was found on the front seat. We suspect foul play particularly if the bodies were found both on the front and back seats. We must also find out if they entered through both doors at the back, left and right. We must then wonder if someone did not hold them hostage and later forced them to enter the car.
“Three, the report that the children were foaming in the mouth is another angle. Did someone first poison them and later dumped them inside the car? It is a possibility.
“We are disturbed by the fact that all the children were Muslims returning from an Arabic school: Zainab, Tayib, Farida, Mahmoud, Yakub, Wahab, Aisha and the granddaughter of one Saliat Kazeem who is the owner of the house. So many promising children losing their lives in such suspicious circumstances has thrown us into deep grief. Our hearts bleed. We pray that Allah grants the parents the fortitude to bear the loss.
“MURIC charges the police to carry out a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the children. It is too good to be true.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Suru Avoseh, Commissioner, Lagos State Civil Service Commission, had rebuffed any foul play.
He told NAN that the abandoned car where the children were found belonged to a retired LASU staff who is now late.
According to him, the car was forced open by one of the children who was the grandchild of the owner.
He said: “The other seven kids are children of Bureau De Change Operators living in the community. The children forced the door of the vehicle opened, entered and closed the door.
“No ventilation and nobody knew something was wrong and they suffocated and died. It wasn’t a kidnapping incident or any foul play by anyone. It is unfortunate,” he said.
In another development, Dr. Tunde Bakare, the Medical Director, Badagry General Hospital, told NAN that the children were brought dead to the hospital.
“While we told them to leave them so that we could carry out autopsy one Moslem cleric that followed them disagreed with our staff and said burial should not exceed Saturday.
“Unfortunately, the Police that brought the corpse supported the cleric so we had to release the corpses to them.”