By Ese Awhotu
The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the death of five children in an inferno that occurred in Abagbo village, Takwa-Bay in Lagos.
The five children who lost their lives in the inferno were locked inside a room in Abagbo village.
The Lagos police spokesperson, Bala Elkana said in a statement on Sunday that the incident which occurred last Tuesday was being investigated following a report it received at the Takwa Bay Police Station.
“Takwa bay Police Station received an information that there was a fire incident at Abagbo Village, Takwa-Bay on August 6 which claimed the lives of five children from the same family.”
The victims were Folake Ogundiya, Abigail Ogundiya, Daniel Bakare, Chidima Achomye, and Khadijat.
The victims were aged thirteen, eight, six, two, and one respectively.
An eye witness said two of the children were burnt beyond recognition.
However, according to the Police statement, Florence Asoye, the mother of the children left them in the care of her neighbour before leaving the house on the day of the incident.
The neighbour, who was identified as Suliat, however, reportedly locked the children in the room and went out.
“The mother of the victims stated that she left home at about 1830hours to Takwa-bay Jetty only to come back to see her room completely razed down by fire.
“She left her children under the care of one Suliat but locked the children in the room and left to an unknown destination.”
When Mrs Asoye returned, she met her room completely burnt and her children dead.