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Two Missing Toddlers Found Dead in Lagos after 39 Days



Two toddlers aged three years-old who were declared missing on 25th January 2013 have been found dead in an abandoned vehicle on the premises of a building next to theirs on Taike Street, Ketu, Lagos State.

The kids  Toheeb Adedokun and Tajudeen Falilu were suspected to have been kidnapped by their family as well as the Police before the discovery of their remains on Monday.

The vehicle in which they were found in, a Honda Pilot Sports Utility Vehicle was used as collateral for a bank loan. The Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide told Punch that the corpses were discovered by bank officials, who had gone to redeem the vehicle.

On Monday, at about 4:30pm, one Phillip Odi in company with Julius Odetola, both of whom are employees of Berachah Microfinance Bank, reported that on the same day, they received a text message from Macdonabi Jones Enterprise Limited, a customer of the bank, who pledged his Honda Pilot as collateral. The bank employees said on reaching the house located at 20 Taike Street, where the vehicle was parked, they discovered the corpses of the two children.

However, according to a police theory, the children went into the vehicle but were trapped inside, causing them to suffocate.

When a Punch correspondent visited the children’s parents, he learnt that the occupants of the house where the corpses were found had fled for fear of being attacked.

A woman in the neighborhood who identified herself as Iya Basira said, “How could two corpses be in a compound for over a month and no one smelt any odour? We looked for these children for weeks and even the occupants of that building were aware that the children were missing.”

The parents of the toddlers and other members of the family said they plan on pursuing the case to a logical conclusion. One of the toddlers, Toheeb’s mother, Adijat, told Punch that the death of the children was controversial because on the day they went missing, the said vehicle was not parked in the compound.

Photo Credit: Punch

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. aiphee

    March 6, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Wonders will neva cease to end,May God comfort the families of these children.

  2. Amebo

    March 6, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Oh God ave mercy on us!!wt is this world turning into??

  3. Ade

    March 6, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I remember a case about 5 years ago where the kids were locked in a car trunk right across the street from their house, police, volunteers, everyone was out looking to no avail. It wasn’t until the neighbour needed to change a flat & went to take the spanner out of the trunk did he see the bodies. Cameras were even rolling at the time, it was terrible!


    March 6, 2013 at 4:05 am

    It’s a sad world we live in where children are being killed and raped with impunity. In the words of Shakespeare, “Hell is empty, the devils are here”

  5. Blogger

    March 6, 2013 at 5:09 am


  6. gh_Mikie

    March 6, 2013 at 5:11 am

    God please let justice prevail and reveal the murderers of those innocent babies.

  7. Na wa

    March 6, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Only God knows what those kids must have gone through,chei.The people responsible will surely suffer from their generation to another.


    March 6, 2013 at 5:18 am

    A very sad story..God pls protect our kids in Jesus name.

  9. R

    March 6, 2013 at 6:03 am

    What?? God comfort the families

  10. cindy

    March 6, 2013 at 6:37 am

    This is so sad…RIP kids

  11. faith

    March 6, 2013 at 6:57 am

    ONly God knows what really happened…rest in peace children…SMH

  12. sleek-lady

    March 6, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Na wa oh….. So sad. May their souls RIP. Amen

  13. Berry Dakara

    March 6, 2013 at 8:19 am

    This is awful 🙁

  14. pynk

    March 6, 2013 at 8:27 am

    This is so heartbreaking. May these little children RIP.

  15. kikelomo

    March 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

    May God give the parents the fortitude to bear the loss…n may their souls rest in perfect peace….Amen

  16. Lisa

    March 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

    God please protect our kids and give us the grace to take care of them until they old enough to take care of themselves

  17. cathy

    March 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

    mercy!!! sighs

  18. loveth O.

    March 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Only God knows what went wrong, God protect us all AMEN

  19. whocares

    March 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    This is realllly sad. I cant for the life of me just figure out what has happened. did the neighbours know? and to think they were just right next to home. thats the worst bit of it for me.. *sigh*.. also in what part of this article did the writer say anything about the children getting raped? the comment about rape was just so random and misleading.

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