NIGER: Two children burn to death in mysterious house fire


Tragedy struck in the Anguwar Dawaki area of Suleja, Niger state when two children identified as Suraiya, 7, and Habib, 9, were burnt to death after a mysterious fire gutted their home.

Reports say the father of the two children; Alhassan Jibirin Yanji is receiving treatment at a hospital in Suleja after sustaining various degrees of burns in attempt to rescue his children.

According to a resident Bashir Ibrahim, who spoke to Daily Trust, the two children were sleeping in their room, while their father was sleeping in his bedroom, when he woke up to discover that the entire house was filled with thick smoke in the early hours of Friday, April 2, at about 3am.

“Strangely, there was no electricity in the entire Dawaki area as of the time the fire incident happened so one was yet to know the cause of the fire.” the resident said, adding that no valuables were retrieved from the house and the victims’ mother was not at home.


The fire incident was also confirmed by Alhaji Abdullahi Maje, the Chaiman of Suleja local government council, who said that investigation was ongoing to ascertain the immediate and remote cause of the inferno.


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