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Man Abandons Children in Ogun State Boarding School for 8 Years




A man abandoned his three children at an Ogun State boarding school for eight years because he couldn’t afford to take care of them.

The man, Segun Adepegba, enrolled the kids at Solid Model College in 2007, promising to come and pick them up after the first school term but he never showed up, Punch reports.

The children are: Seun 14, Seyi, 10; and Titilola, 13.

Sources say the tragic tale started when Adepegba and his wife separated, and the children were left with him. Because of the financial burden of taking care of them by himself with no source of income, he decided to abandon them at the school.

According to the school’s principal, Samuel Ayegbusi, it was the children’s father’s sister that paid the initial school fees of N150,000. However after that, no further tuition payments were made, and the school decided to allow the children to stay enrolled and gave them free housing in the dormitories.

Ayebusi and other school authorities reportedly tried to contact the father numerous times, but got no response.

“Whenever we called him and he realised who was talking on the phone, he would switch off his phones and for the next weeks, the numbers would not be available,” they said.

They would also try to contact his relatives, who would always claim that he was out of the country. On one occasion, some of the relatives revealed that they had given Adepegba money to pay for his children’s tuition fees. However, the money was never paid to the school.

The school teachers say the father’s absence has begun to take a toll on the children’s academic work, and that one of them, had tried to run away on several occasions.

“Although I have a faint memory of my father, I will like to see him. If he comes today, I will ask him why he left us for so long…I don’t care how long he has left us. I just want to see him. I really need to see him,” said Titilola.

Photo Credit: Punch


  1. bruno

    October 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

    dear nigerians, pls having children is not for everyone. its better not to have kids than to bring them into this difficult world to suffer. I cant imagine the trauma this kids are going thru right now. abandoning a child can damage that child for life. pls stop putting pressure on people to get married and start producing babies. im sure their useless father has married again, and has started producing more kids he cant take care of. go to the orphanages in nigeria and ur mouth will drop. abandoned kids everywhere.

    • Femme de l'Avenir

      October 22, 2014 at 11:57 am


  2. Ada

    October 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

    So sad!!! Some parents just don’t get it. God give these kids the strength to face reality. What a failure he is!

  3. thatafricanchic

    October 22, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Very, very sad. I cant imagine how the kids must feel. A very irresponsible father. If I may ask, where is the mother?

  4. fay

    October 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Tears!!! but why?

  5. coke

    October 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    send them to a foster home! simple

    • Idomagirl

      October 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Do we have foster homes here? #seriousquestion

  6. wisest duchess

    October 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I agree with bruno on this! Folks will just be birthing children dey can’t take care of. Mtchew

  7. Ojie Imoloame

    October 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    This is why you should not have kids till you are very sure you can look after them.

  8. leigh

    October 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    1st question: how old was the 10 year old when he was enrolled at a boarding school?
    what happens to the children when schools closes, christmas period etc?
    shameless man, maybe he died a long time ago. it takes a real woman/man to be a parent,

  9. Nikky

    October 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    This right here is why having children is not for everyone. If you are too selfish with your time to be responsible for your own children you should never call yourself a father. I’m so upset by this nonsense.

  10. Idomagirl

    October 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    When we say it is not compulsory to get married and have children our people will start insulting us and tossing bible verses all over the place. Far too many people are producing children they have no plans or means to care for.

  11. Doubra

    October 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    While their father has gone MIA, where is their mother? No info about her? I can’t imagine leaving my kids alone without being sure of where they are and are in good condition. Evil parents from hell! !!. This is really upsetting. We are talking about foster homes what of extended relatives on both sides of the family? This story is somehow

  12. oj

    October 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    the principal of the school is kind o. To have allowed the children stay and continue their education…. God bless those who showed kindness to these children.

    • Ima

      October 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Amen! Amen!! and Amen!!!

  13. jojo

    October 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Where is their mum? looks like he also dropped off a 2 year old? hmmm

    • i no send

      October 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      yes what about their mum? she doesn’t ask about her 3 kids? and yes the story doesn’t make any sense.. how come seyi was 2yrs old and admitted into boarding school?? and during holidays when even teachers go back home where do they keep them?

  14. Taiwo

    October 22, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    One question, where is their mum????? I cant imagine leaving my kids with any man to take care of! if na garri dey, we soak it together. The man though, a special place is reserved in hell for you, same goes for the mother. Rubbish and miserable excuse for parents!!

  15. Lyn

    October 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Kudos to the school authorities, I don’t know many schools that will let those kids stay there and not throw them out on the streets.

    What kind of father does such a thing? Can’t the relatives of the man take it as a collective responsibility to ensure these children are given some sort of home?

  16. Ijebu Boy

    October 23, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Naija is that place where the loser keeps the kids as “punishment”!!! no need for custody hearings cos the first to abandon the kids is the “winner”. i don’t know what i will do if any one tried to take my son away from me. i don’t get these parents.

  17. Nena

    October 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Eight years ago? They enrolled in school at ages 6,2and5? Lol okay ooo

  18. reader

    October 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    There is more to this story than currently reported. So one of the children was a toddler (2 years old) when he was enrolled in a boarding school. Really! what sort of boarding school is that? people are praising the school authorities but I think there is more to this story. And don’t the children have relatives? And mother just didn’t care enough to contact/see her kids. Readers please read this story with a pinch of salt.

  19. sosominta

    November 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    This Adepegba man is so irresponsible. Sowing his wild oats everywhere. He has other children I know that he has not reached out to or takes care of. Now these ones are now discovering through internet that they have half siblings. Such an irresponsible man. His d*** should be cut off.

  20. sosominta

    November 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Also what kind of mother will go through labor pains and abandon her kids. Shame of a woman.

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