From Desmond Mgboh, Kano
FOUR kids have died of suffocation in a suburb of Kano State after they were found trapped inside a parked vehicle. The tragedy, which had shaken the state, happened at the weekend.
A Deputy Director in the state Fire Service, who was part of the rescue team, told Daily Sun that the kids were found unconscious inside the vehicle, which was parked in Geidam area, but died later after they were rushed to the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital for attention
He said the four of them, all boys, had been missing from the respective homes since the morning of the fateful day but were eventually found trapped inside the parked vehicle at about 5.00pm.
Witnesses said the temperature, which had been very high in the state capital in the last few weeks, contributed to the suffocation of the kids.
Police spokesman in the state, DSP Magaji Musa Majiya, told Daily Sun that the owner of the vehicle reported the matter to the police. According to him, the vehicle was parked by its owner after it developed a battery fault, saying the owner returned later in the day to fix the battery only to find the kids trapped inside his car. It is believed that the four victims, who were aged between three and five, might have entered the parked vehicle but were unable to open the vehicle due to their age.
The police, however, said they were investigating the incident.