Pupils Report Themselves To police After Running Away From Home
Three pupils of Wisdom Child International School, Borokiri, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have reported themselves to the police after running away from home.
The three pupils were identified as; Naomi, Faith and Sarah – allegedly told the police that they ran away as a result of maltreatment they went through in the hands of their stepmother.
It was also gathered that the pupils, aged between 13 and 16, are siblings who lived with their stepmother in Borkiri area of the state.
The pupils had reportedly left home for school on Tuesday, the 21st of November and had fled their home to a former neighbour’s house in Mile 3.
Speaking to news correspondents concerning the disappearance of the pupils over the telephone, the headteacher of the school said that the pupils had been living with their stepmother, who remained unnamed since their parents got divorced.
He said that the pupils had earlier complained at the school about being maltreated by their stepmother, adding that the management had intervened in the matter after the complaint.
The headteacher, who spoke preferring to remain anonymous, said: “The problem was from the home. The children were staying with their stepmother. It was actually as a result of maltreatment that they ran from home.
“They always complained about the stepmother, who came to tell us that one of them was stubborn and wayward. We tried to advise them to manage the situation but unfortunately it degenerated to this point, which is embarrassing to the school.
“They ran away from home under the guise that they were coming to school and diverted to Mile 3 to stay with their former neighbour. The matter had already been reported to the police and some people must have told them that the police were looking for them. So, they went to report themselves to the police. We initially thought it was a case of kidnapping.”
The head teacher said the police thereafter arrested the stepmother for child abuse, adding that the children were with the police.
“Their father is not always at home. He is two weeks away at work and some days at home,” he added.
The incident, as well as the arrest of the stepmother of the pupils was confirmed by the Public Relations Officer for the Rivers State Police Department, Mr Nnamdi Omoni.
He said, “The children were being maltreated by their stepmother and they decided to leave her custody. They went to a church, where they were for some time. The stepmother is helping us with investigations and we are doing our best to give the children justice.”