Five children have been killed when their home caught fire at Abagbo village
, Takwa Bay Island, Lagos, the police said on Sunday.
The children, Folake Ogundiya, 13, and her eight-year-old sibling, Abigail;
six-year-old Daniel Bakare, Chidima Achomye, two-year-old Nnamdi Achomye
and one-year-old Khadijat were said to have been burnt beyond recognition during the incident,
which occurred last Tuesday.
A statement by police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP),
said the children were locked inside the house by one Suliat, in whose care a mother,
Florence Asoye, left them.
Elkana said Asoye reported the incident around 10:30am on Wednesday, adding that
Suliat was nowhere to be found.
“The woman said she left the children in care of Suliat around 6:30pm so that she
could go to Takwa Bay Jetty.
“She said by the time she returned, her home had been burnt down, adding
that Suliat locked the children in the room and left to unknown destination.
The case is under investigation,” he said.