14-year-vintage absconds with siblings, turns them to beggars

The whereabouts of a 14-yr-vintage boy, Idris, are nevertheless shrouded in thriller approximately two weeks after he absconded from his father’s residence in Seme, a border city between Lagos and Benin Republic.

Idris turned into said to have fled domestic with his siblings, Musa, 10 and 8-12 months-old Abeeb to Oshodi and grew to become them to beggars.
After spending a few days snoozing at trailer parks, Idris reportedly moved his brothers to Lagos Island to maintain with the begging.

City Round learnt that the boys had been thrown into confusion once they wakened on Tuesday, December 10, and couldn't see Idris again.

It changed into gathered that a few Good Samaritans who noticed them wandering across the CMS place took them to the Adeniji Adele Police Station.

Musa has  speech defect and could simplest hear our correspondent but his more youthful brother, Abeeb, narrated their enjoy to City Round in Yoruba.

He said their aunt who lives with them, one Laba, had desired to punish them for not sweeping the room and Idris absconded with them overdue night to steer clear of the punishment.

Abeeb explained that his brother did not tell them wherein they were heading for and their challenge till they got to Oshodi wherein they began begging.

He stated, “I am from Seme. Idris took us faraway from home one nighttime and took us to Oshodi. We slept round trailer parks and the following day, he took us to Lagos Island. We were all begging for cash to devour. We slept in the front of a shop at night however we awakened one morning and did now not see Idris again. Some human beings now introduced us to the police station.

“It became our aunt referred to as Laba who desired to overcome us that night due to the fact we did no longer sweep the room. That changed into why Idris ran far from home with us. He had fled domestic earlier than. He turned into located some days after and brought lower back domestic.”



Abeeb, who stated his father sells CDs whilst his mother is a hairdresser, stated that he had but to be enrolled in college.

“I changed into going to a youngsters’s elegance before my daddy stopped me,” he brought.
A supply at the police station informed our correspondent on Wednesday that Abeeb and his brother regarded dirty and dishevelled once they have been introduced, noting that they needed to get other garments for them.

He said a few human rights organizations were concerned inside the look for the kids’s mother and father, adding that their mother and father later contacted the station on Tuesday.

The source said, “The mother eventually came on Wednesday nighttime however the kids didn’t want to comply with her initially. She stated they have been residing with their father for many years once they separated. She said the father did now not allow her to take custody of the youngsters.

“They had been observed around CMS on Tuesday, December 10. The more youthful boy changed into the one giving us a few records because his elder brother can not communicate.”

The mom, who spoke to our correspondent at the cellphone, stated she did no longer want to launch the children to her ex-husband after the crumble of their marriage however he forcefully accumulated them.

The woman, who gave her name truely as Josephine, said, “We had to contain the police that point and that they allowed him to go along with the three youngsters. With the little I recognize from my hair dressing work, I might use it to attend to them.”

Women Protection Organisation (WOPO), a non-governmental corporation following up the case, said the institution engaged a few human rights our bodies in Badagry to locate the mother and father.

The Chief Executive Director of WOPO, Mrs Oluwatoyin Towobola, urged the authorities to empower indigent dad and mom so they may take up their obligations. She additionally enjoined parents to keep away from exposing youngsters to anti-social behaviour.

She said, “Parents of indigent children like these need to be empowered by way of the authorities so that they could no longer reveal the kids to all styles of  bad acts along with begging. The mother and father additionally need to soak up their obligations.”

Towobola said that her corporation changed into also on a case of a ten-yr-old female, Grace Godwin, who ran faraway from her aunt for allegedly maltreating her, including that the woman had been taken to the Jakande Police Station, Ajah.

The girl became said to had been brought from Ihamufu, Enugu State, via her aunt who promised to sign up her in a college.

She reportedly fled home due to the fact the aunt ordered her to consume a spoiled soup which she (Godwin) forgot to warm.

Towobola said, “She stated her aunt requested her to devour the soup or she would pour hot water on her. As a end result, she fled the house on December three, 2019. Some human beings saw her wandering on the road on December 12 and took her to Jakande Police Station. She said her mom’s name is Ngozi Godwin and that she is a widow, while her father’s call is Odo Godwin alias Oyoyo.

“According to the female, her mother allowed her to comply with the aunt to Lagos because she promised to take her to highschool. We enjoin her dad and mom to return ahead.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed that the youngsters have been reunited with their mother.
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