7yr-old boy die inside car booth in Ilorin
A male child of seven years has been reported dead inside the
booth of her mother’s Toyota Corolla car while playing hide and
seek game with his sibling at the Government Reservation Area
(GRA) Ilorin, ROYAL NEWS reports.
It was gathered that the incident happened at about 3pm on a hot Wednesday afternoon.
Sources said that parents of the victim, who were abroad, had
before embarking on the trip, made an arrangement with a relation
to pick and drop the children to and from school.
“He the (uncle) had on this fateful day dropped the children at
home after school. He dropped the car key at the dining table and
left for his home. Only for the victim to have allegedly picked up the
key, went inside the booth, slammed the door against himself until
he was brought out dead.”
“The younger one who is about 2 years of age lacked the
understanding of the implications of what his senior brother had
He nevertheless took a search party organised to look for
the victim to the car and pointed to the booth babbling.
Although the victim was gasping for breath when he was brought out of the booth after about three hours, he was nevertheless confirmed dead on arrival at a nearest hospital,” the source said.
When the news of the death got to the parents who were due in
Nigeria next week, they were expectedly shattered but summoned
up courage asking closed members of their family in Nigeria to
give the victim a befitting burial according to Islamic rites.
Speaking on the incident, the public relations officer of the Kwara
state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, said that the incident had
not been officially reported.
But the Acting Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA) in the state, Segun Adeyemi confirmed the incident urging parents with vehicles to keep their car keys from the reach of their children and wards to prevent a recurrence.
Adeyemi said a calamity was averted by his team few days ago.
When a mother allegedly left her three children inside her car as
she went for shopping in one of the popular shopping malls in
According to him, the three children had accidentally wounded up
the glasses of the car as they were shouting for help inside a
scorching sun sweating profusely.
The NOA boss added, “We had to force open one of the doors of
the car and rescued the children this fateful day. Parents should be
more careful so that they will not lose their children this sad way.”
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