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13-year olds who Fled their Homes in Abuja “to work for sometime” in Lagos Reunited with their Parents



The teenagers

Two 13-year old boys, who fled their homes in Abuja have been rescued by operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command.

The teenagers, Chidubem and Chinedu, were rescued by the RRS operatives on Monday morning after alighting from an Abuja bus at Ojodu-Berger, Lagos.

The teenagers were sighted by the officers wandering around Ojodu-Berger before they were invited for questioning.

The children had lied to the officers during interrogations that they were kidnapped and blindfolded before they were driven to Lagos by their abductors.

They added that they escaped from their abductors while they (the abductors) were sleeping under the bridge.

The officers moved the boys to the RRS Headquarters, where an investigation into their kidnapping was launched immediately.

While the investigations were on, officers suspected the children were lying about the kidnapping story. Their parents, who have been looking for the boys in Abuja since Sunday, May 14, 2017, were shocked when contacted that their children were in custody of Rapid Response Squad, Lagos.

It took three days of questioning before, Chidubem opened up that him and Chinedu connived to leave Abuja because of the poor states of their parents.

According to Chidubem;

We noticed that our parents were suffering in order to take of care us. We decided to come to Lagos and work for sometime. Whatever we were able to raise in six months, we would handover to our parents for them to start business.

We realised that the hardship was too much and that we will be helping them if we leave our families in Abuja in search of better opportunities in Lagos.

I brought my N4,200 savings while Chinedu added N500 as transport fare to Lagos. We were already in Lagos before we realised that we were simply being stupid. We were wandering about when the officer invited us for questioning.

The Commander, Rapid Response Squad, ACP Olatunji Disu, who received the parents of the teenagers on the fifth day of being in the Command’s custody, appealed to parents and guardians to monitor and take good care of their wards.

The boys were re-united and released to their parents on Friday after they had promised not to repeat their actions again.


  1. Chizi

    May 21, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Chai, God will see them through

  2. Darius

    May 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I was moved to tears reading this. Their action was borne out of the desire to help their parents and alleviate their sufferings. Poverty can caused someone to make a spur-of-the-monent decision. It’s good to know they had savings though; it’s good to save for a rainy day.

    These kids are too young to start thinking about being providers. The government needs to create opportunities so people can work and earn a decent living. There is hardship in the land, and the only antidote to poverty is education. Education always breaks the shackles of poverty.

    • Jules

      May 22, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Education rarely helps with poverty alleviation in this country… Connection does!
      You finish school and search for a job endlessly. Then you are advised to learn a skill or trade. Pray tell, is it the same struggling parents that will raise funds needed for that? Amidst struggling to train younger siblings.
      Now to connection, 10 – 20% of my classmates got employed immediately after we completed NYSC 8 years ago, all thanks to connection. As much as I tried to get in those companies they were working (dropping CVs here and there plus sending unsolicited applications), all came to nought.
      Nigeria is not easy!

  3. nne

    May 21, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    This made me cry. The kids meant well and may God bless them and take them home safe.

    • T-niyen

      May 21, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Nne me too

  4. TheDon

    May 21, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Those of you shedding tears for the boys and being emotional because they wanted to work and give their money to their patents, please save your tears because these kids are just lying. In my line of work, I deal with this type of kids every time. When you catch them in a lie, they come up with another. If the police guys didn’t care to grill them enough, they would have stuck to their story of kidnapping and you guys would be shedding tears for that too. They are just being mischievous. Probably a result of bad parenting.

  5. Nakoms

    May 22, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Trust the Ndigbo spirit with its can do mentality. You can tell the day from the morning; these boys will go far!!

  6. gentleman in alberta

    May 22, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Is there a way we can all support this family in any small way?

  7. tola

    May 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

    i love their hustling spirit, but this is too risky.

  8. Anonymous

    May 22, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I cried reading this. My younger bro and i planned to leave home before we where 10 so we could find work to help our mama who was struggling to pay rent, school fees and other bills for 4 children. My prayer for these boys is that God will enable their parents to send to to school or learn a trade that can mould them into responsible adults. Fast forward 2016, i bought an suv and built a house for my parents. Life can be hard and cruel but with hardwork, prayers and perseverance nothing is impossible.

  9. Someone Naughty

    May 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Is there any contact information that can be shared for people to help out. This story is very heart breaking

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