After cleaning my bedroom and bathroom, i tried calling Mary on phone
but she simply choosed to ignore my calls. I was scared and afraid. I
couldn’t eat nor do anything else other than to lie down in my sitting
room, deeply thinking without any solution. Finally by 5:30pm, I rushed
over to Jboy’s apartment, briefing him on the latest development. He
wasn’t a bit moved by my story. “her behaviour isn’t out of the
ordinary. Of course you weren’t expecting her to jump with joy when she
found her baby was gone or real?. Well the best you can do is just to go
over to her house, keep her company and make some sweet promises” he
advised as if it was all easy.

 I shrugged and shut my mouth. It was my
cross to carry and so had to carry it all alone. I drove over to Mary’s
house minutes later, but couldn’t get myself to go inside the apartment.
My conscience wouldn’t allow, and kept flogging me without pity. I sat
in my car for hours without moving an inch. All i did was just to stare
at the old compound, afraid and nervous.
By 7:45pm, I returned to my apartment, prepared dinner and ate hungrily,
washing everything down with two bottles of cold beer.

I felt a little
bit relaxed after. By 10pm i went to bed.
I left for work very early the next day, pushing aside Mary’s image and
everything about her. It was something that i did with a whole lot of
effort. I couldn’t let my conscience to continue flogging me.
At 5:05pm I left office with Chioma and headed to my house. She earlier
had insisted on going home with me, and i had no choice than to do her
bidding. At exactly 5:20pm I slowly parked my car in front of my
apartment, alighted with Chioma who innocently linked her third right
finger with mine as we headed to the hallway leading to my flat.
“i don’t just know why i feel so happy” she murmured excitedly, while i
drew back cautiously as my sensitive eyes spotted three men who were
heading towards us. I quickly sensed danger, but calmed down, appearing
cool. One of them waved, urging us to stop. I obeyed fearfully. Chioma
equally stopped, her eyes fixed on me.
“Are you Mr. Ken?” the man who waved at us asked as they drew close. I
nodded faintly. “You are under Arrest sir” he said politely. The two men
with him quickly closed in on me and…….

 Before i could get myself to say something, I was dragged and thrown
into a waiting police van, while chioma pleaded to them to let me be. It
was very sickening finding myself in such terrible, bitter situation.
My guilty conscience never allowed me say something reasonable.
Chioma was the person who did all the talking, begging and screaming at
the officers to let me be. “for God’s sake, leave the poor man alone. I
beg of you. He is a respectable gentleman. He can come to your station
on his own” she pleaded as they threw me at the back of their van.
“Do you wish to go with us?. That’s the only way we can help. We are
simply carrying out orders” one of them said to her. She looked at me,
breathed Deeply with tears melting her eyes, climbed into the back of
the van and joined me. I couldn’t believe my eyes, i never knew she
loved me that much. “you shouldn’t have” i managed to murmur. “don’t
worry dear. I know you are a very innocent person. If i don’t stick with
you at this moment, then where is the love. I’m your woman and it will
always remain so” she said confidently.
I closed my eyes and prayed for the terrible nightmare to go away. “what
if Mary is behind this outrageous police arrest?. How do i now keep
things away from Chioma” i wondered miserably. We got to the almost
empty police station at exactly 6:20pm. The lady corporal on desk
quickly grabbed my I.D card which one of the officers who arrested me
threw at her. She wrote down my name and some other details from it,
while an ugly looking officer rudely undressed me. This time i weakly
fought and resisted the cold treatment.
Chioma screamed with anger. “what the hell is going on?. I swear i will
bring down this station with a team of lawyers tomorrow. This is
insanity and abuse of my friend’s human rights” she barked at the police
woman as i tried my possible best to avoid being undressed. “you can do
whatever you want madam.

We are only carrying out instructions” she
replied Chioma, quickly taking record of my belongings which were handed
over to her. Before i could argue once again, i found myself inside a
Poorly lit cell. Holding the iron bar, backing and ignoring the seven
guys inside, i shouted at the top of my voice begging to be released.
My behaviour seemed to have irritated my cellmates, because few seconds
later, I felt a terrible thud at the back of my head which sent me
turning to face my new Enemies. By the look on their faces i knew they
were delighted and amused, ready to have fun with me. I knew a great
beating awaited me, but wasn’t ready to yield without a fight.


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