​Episode 5

John woke up still smiling, it was the best

night sleep he’s had

for a long time, he was sleeping in the

comfort of a girl he loved,

no TJ had his leg over his body when he

slept and he was not

sleeping under any orange tree where ants

crawled on his when

he slept, he stood up and went outside,

leaving his friends who

were still asleep, he went to ease himself

under a tree and went

back to inside to lay beside Joy, he was not

the only one who

had a good night sleep, Joy woke up full of

Joy, it had been

almost a year since she had slept beside a

man whom she liked

and who also liked her too, she knew John

was in love with her,

she loved his warmth and manly presence as


lay……………………. Thousands of miles away

from them

somebody didn’t have a good night sleep, Mr

Adeboye had

traveled to Enugu in search of his son, he

arrived Enugu around

9pm and decided to lodge in an hotel so that

he could start

searching for his son this morning, he rarely

slept for 1 hour the

previous night as thoughts began to occupy

his mind, he hoped

John was safe and sound, maybe he had an

emergency and could

not come home then his phone got spoilt or

stolen, even if his

phone got spoilt or stolen at least he knows

his phone number,

why didn’t he call, he knew John to be a

responsible man, unlike

him, he had failed as a husband to John’s

mother and he was a

bad father to John, John’s mother had left

him when he had

beaten her for the umpteenth time after he

came home drunk

from the club, she packed her bags and left

his house that very

night never to return again, that time John

was just a year and

seven months old, he felt sorry for the boy,

he never had a real

mother to care for him, he went into the

bathroom to have his

bath ……………………………………………… The DPO was

not in a good

mood either, he called his men out, they all

stood at ease before

him as he addressed them, he challenged

them to show why the

police should be trusted, while the people of

the community

should feel safe and to show that they were

more powerful than

the trouble makers, with that he dismissed


Bison had a good night sleep, despite the

events of the last two

days, he had earned about 15 million naira

that week, he had

given his men 100,000 naira for each man or

woman they

brought, now he could buy that range rover

suv like the type that

Chief Dotmann brought two days ago,

business was going on

well, all he had to do was keep on


people…………………. The corpers had taken

their bath at a

stream not far away from the hunter’s

house, they then had their

breakfast of eba and ogbonna soup with

antelope meat, John and

Joy kept making eye contact with each

other, they wanted each

other badly, the hunter came out of his

house carrying his dane

gun, but he was not dressed in his hunter’s

outfit, he told them he

was ready, they were also ready, they were

ready to take the long

walk to freedom

And they started their journey, the hunter’s

daughter was going

with them too as she was going to carry

some of the foodstuff

that her father was going to buy from town,

the corpers were all

happy, finally all their troubles were going to

come to an end, if

they could reach town they were all going to

call their parents, TJ

smiled at his thoughts, if he called his

father, he could go to

extent of sending an helicopter, he father

might not even know

that he’s not in Lagos yet, he was always

busy with his business,

Lagos today and London tomorrow, next

week Johannesburg,

next month Liverpool, well he was already

used to his father not

being around, John too thought about his

father’s reaction, his

father would run to Enugu immediately, he

knew his father would

be worried about him, if his phone had not

been collected by the

kidnappers he would have had over 300

missed calls, his father

does not joke with his only son, Joy didn’t

have any parent or

relative to call, her father and mother both

died in a car accident

in Manchester, that was about 5 years ago, it

was her father’s life

insurance money that was given to her that

she had been using

for her upkeep, she couldn’t inherit her

father’s property yet because he had instructed in his will that his lawyer should not hand any property over to her until she had finished her NYSC, now she was going to Lagos to inherit her father’s property, they walked through the bush path until they finally got to the wide road where Bison’s men had harassed them, but no one was in sight today, they continued walking along the dusty road, John and Joy held hands and she put her head on his shoulder, see gbeke o,TJ thought in his mind, these people love don reach level 2, love ke? He had never really loved any girl, all he had for girls was lust, for him girls come and go, he used them like recharge cards, they walked for 15 minutes when they

began to see more

mud houses, they were closer to town, they

passed through the

small community and alas! They were finally

at the tarred road,

their Joy knew no bounds as the spotted a

call center, they all

ran with their full speed towards the yellow

umbrella leaving the

hunter behind, Chinelo too followed them,

they heard drumming

and cheering not far away from them, as

they approached the

call center, the man that was there was

surprised to see them, he

was trying to tell them something, he could

not speak because he

was dumb, he quickly wrote something on a

paper and gave it to

them, the drumming and cheering became

louder as they saw a

croud approaching them, they were probably


something, John read the paper, “take the

women away, no

woman is allowed to be outside today “,

before they say Phillipe

Coutinho, four men grabbed Joy, Becky and

Chinelo , it turned

into a tussle between them as more men

came to drag the ladies

away, the hunter had just caught up with

them, he had forgotten

that it was the nwayi festival which no

woman was allowed to

come out for that day, any woman who was

caught outside

would become either the king’s wife or

slave, John took a deep breathe, he could not let Joy or Chinelo go like that, their walk to freedom had just become longer.


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