RRS rescues boys fleeing from Abuja, reunites them with parents
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command last week rescued two teenagers fleeing from home in Abuja and re-united them with their parents at the weekend.
The teenagers, Chidubem Amaechi, 13, and Chinedu Onyebuchi, 13, were rescued by RRS operatives on Monday morning after alighting from an Abuja bus at Ojodu Berger, in Lagos.
The teenagers were sighted by the officers wandering around Ojodu-Berger before they were invited for interrogation.
They had initially 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 were sleeping under the bridge before Ogun–Lagos long bridge.
The officers later moved the boys to the RRS headquarters, where an investigation into their alleged kidnapping was launched.
While the investigations progressed, 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, were shocked when contacted that their children were in the custody of the RRS in Lagos.
It took three days of questioning before Amaechi opened up that he and Onyebuchi connived to leave Abuja because of the poor state of their parents.
According to Amaechi, “we noticed that our parents were suffering in order to take care of us. We decided to come to Lagos and work for some time. What we planned is that whatever we are able to raise in six months, we would handover to our parents for them to start business.
“We realized that the hardship was too much and we would be helping them if we leave our families in Abuja in search of better opportunities in Lagos,” he said.
Amaechi added: “I brought my N4,200 savings while Chinedu added N500 to pay our 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 RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu, who received the parents of the teenagers on the fifth day of being in custody in his office, 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.