Read Story: SEASON 1 EPISODE 43
”mama,this has nothing to do with
”Emmy my son,you know an only
palmnut never get lost in the fire,you are my only son,i dont know what to
believe this days,They told me you
robbed and beated a man”she
paused to wipe the tears flowing
down her eyes,In all my twenty four
years I havent seen her so Emotional,mama was the type that
never cried,when bad incidents occur
she rather sniffed than cry.
”mama,the man I beated is stanley”
”who is stanley?”she asked.
I sighed and briefly narrated everything to her,by the time I was
through,her mouth was opened in a
”ARU….abomination! You mean
chioma has a hand in your
imprisonment and that she duped you?”
”yes mama,chioma your daughter”I
”that reminds me,did you call chuka
like I said?” i swiftly changed the
topic. ”yes I did,he promised to come at the
house but I didnt see him,i went over
to his place only to be told that he
travelled” travelled My shoulders sanked
i am now the scape goat,others had
fled,leaving me to my plight.
”he was among..infact he was the one
that planned everything” I
mumbled,feeling dejected. Ogechi came to see me the next
day,she brought fruits and jollof rice
in a foodflask,I was surprised to see
her,Infact when I had been told that I
had a female visitor I had assumed it
was chioma my sister,coming to apologise and plead for forgiveness.
she read the shock in my
countenance and smiled quickly.
”I went to the house yesterday and
mama told me everything”she remarked as I lowered my bulk on the
”who and who knows now?”I
asked,my face a mask of worry.
”mama confided in me,am sure am
the only one she told,so how are you doing?”
I shrugged ”fine as you can see,I am
tired of this place,my prayer everyday
is that this people should pardon and
grant me bail” i replied with a helpless
sigh. ”it is well dear,jehovah works in
mighty ways……I brought something
for you” she quietly opened the
shopping bag and brought out the
foodflask,a bunch of
bananas,oranges and watermelon. My eyes were enveloped in tears of
”thanks so much”
”it is nothing,what troubles you,keeps
”I dont know you could go to this length for someone who has treated
you ill off lately”I mumbled.
”haa,dont speak like that,I
understand everything dear,just
And I ate….We were twelve in our cell and i
happened to be the youngest and
the freshest,In all…salimu was the
one i was in good terms with,he
was close to my age and was well built with strong biceps,the only
repulsion i had whenever i was
with him was his mouth odour,it
seems he was born with it and
because of this flaw of his he was
given his own corner of the cell. Unfortunately for me,I was
opportuned to sit beside him
because the small cell was
crowded and had little ventilation.
I had shared the fruits ogechi
brought with my co_convicts and as i was chewing the flesh of the
orange salimu grabbed the my
other share of orange and threw it
into his mouth.
I felt angry,the orange i was
chewing became sour in my mouth and i had to fight myself not to spit
it out on the rough-cemented floor
that had holes that reminded me of
major road potholes.
“so who is this babe that brought
you fruits?”he asked and belched. “just a friend in my congregration”
“so you are really a JW?”
He shooked his head,i had told him
about my story earlier in the day
and he had told me his.I hadnt been prepared for what i had
heard,even now i cant bring myself
to believe it.
Salimu(his nickname) happened to
have a brother that made frequent
business trips to foriegn countries,leaving behind salimu
and his young wife with thier kid.
One thing led to another …salimu
fell in love with his brothers wife
and they started an affair while his
elder brother was away. Unfortunately one day his brother
came back suddenly without
informing his wife or brother,as he
entered the compound on foot,his
wife caught a glimpse of his
shadow and prepared herself. Salimu was having a good time
with the wife,he was about
unbuttöning her gown just as he
always did with her…when the
woman started screaming.
…..his brother banged into the room and the next place he saw
himself was inside the cell.
End of story.
So that was how my friend ended
A sad and sour story isn’t it? On my fifth day in jail i felt like
dying,the cell was stuffed and the
air stanked of unwashed bodies,i
nearly cried out as i couldnt bear it
anylonger,many thoughts chased each other in my mind,what would
become of me? I kept
asking,beads of tears rolled down
my eyes and i clumsily wiped them
“emekus wetin dey worry you?”salimu asked,nudging me.
I sighed helplessly and
unconciously toyed with the two
small ropes on my butterfly
“my man,for how long will i remain here?”i asked.
He smacked his lips.
“o boy is that what you are thinking
“i wonder what you would have done if you were in my shoes,do
you know i have been here for
three months? My brother just
threw me here,bribed the officers
and walked away”
i sighed,biting my nails helplessly.just then I noticed a
warden walking towards our cell,i
my breath and prayed silently.
“who be emeka for here?”the
“na me”i quickly replied,my heart thumping wildly.I soon found myself walking
towards the front hall with the
warden,he darted an angry look at
me and shoved me forward.
He led me to the little office inside
the hall,a huge man sat behind a table,his eyes was focused on a
file ön the desk,he looked up when
“so you are the called emeka? You
are quite lucky that the DPO
changed his mind and decided to grant you bail,if not you would
have celebrated your seventy
years birthday here”the police
officer behind the mahogany desk
remarked with a scrowl on his
chubby face. I remained quiet,shuffling my feets
uncomfortably and wondering what
“oya sign this sharperly” he
pushed a sheet of paper with a pen
I skimmed it and quickly scrawled
my signature at the end of the
“aliyu”the officer called the warden
who quickly came to stand beside
me after a quick salute. “take him to the counter,youngman
you are free to go,but let this
sound as a warning to you and
For the first time in five days i took
a deep breath. “thank you sir”i mumbled as i was
ushered out of his presence.
A wane smile danced on mama
lips as i was led to the waiting
room,i had already put on my shirt
and trouser that had traces of dust on them.
“nnam”she muttered and embraced
“mama it is okay,how is papa and
sabina?”i asked as we walked out
of the station. “fine fine”she replied and sighed.
“hope none of our brethens knew
what happened?”i asked as i
cautiously examined the street.
“apart from oge,i told no one else”
“how come they decided to grant me bail?” i asked the question that
had been ön my mind for long.