Romoke Episode 17
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“I can’t believe this Ezinne, I trusted you but you
betrayed me. at least you should have thought about
my innocent child before you wanted selling her off to
ritualists, God in heaven will judge you”. She wiped her
tears and curdled her baby. She wasn’t sure if God was
avenging Blessing’s death but she deserved it, spiff had
called her that night to inform her about Ezinne’s
mischief with her baby and how him and his boys had
caught her before she could sell off the baby. She
thanked spiff with her eyes which was still bringing out
more tears. The earlier she gives her child a new life,
the better for her she thought.
“Martha dear, I will do anything for you ” spiff patted her
and looked round the bush they were in, he gestured to
one of his boys to keep his eyes around the bush area
to ensure that no one was watching them.
” you should know that no one will do anything for free
in this life, so it’s not my fault I tried selling the baby”
Ezinne pouted, she cleaned her sweaty face and faced
Martha. She was not sober about what she did and she
was ready for anything that would happen. Martha
turned and started to walk away from them, spiff
followed her and whispered to her.
“so what should we do about her, should I order my
boys to throw her into the lagoon? ” he squinted his
eyes and rubbed his hairy chest which was revealed as
a result of the black singlet he wore. Martha shrugged,
hugging her baby closer to herself, the world has taught
her to be wicked and the reward for a friend that
betrays is death, she eyed her friend disgustingly and
“kill her, if she lives she might harm my child ” spiff
grinned and called one of his boys and whispered to
him, the boy noted and walked to the other boys. Spiff
continued walking out of the bush with Martha until
they heard ezinne’s shout, he smiled knowing fully well
what he had sent his boys to do. They continued
walking until spiff whispered to her ear that he wanted
to answer the call of nature in the Bush. He held his
buttocks with his left hand and hurried inside the Bush
leaving Martha standing alone on the path. He had
barely removed his boxer when he heard a distant cry of
plea. At first he thought he was hallucinating until
Martha called out to him.
“Spiff! did you hear that? ” Spiff grunted and wore his
trouser back, they heard another cry again
” please I beg you, don’t kill my babyyy” the voice said
again. Martha’s eyes widened, she shook. A woman like
her was in danger, they are going to hurt her child she
thought. She shook spiff’s arm.
“please let’s go and check on her, please” she shielded
her sleeping child with the baby’s shawl and walked
towards the woman’s voice. Spiff gritted his teeth, he
understood Martha’s sudden care to rescue a woman
and her child but now was not the time as he felt his
stomach rumble and tore a sharp pain round his body.
He just has to answer to the call of nature,
“Martha, just give me 5 minutes ” he said and
disappeared into the Bush.
Patrick instructed three other police men to be at alert
and stand inside the house as he was expecting
Theophilus. He had take the wine to the lab and it was
tested poisonous and since he was the one that gave
Mrs Sarah a drink then he must have poisoned it and
probably, he must have leased with Dara to kill her
mother. He shrugged and wore his jalabia, now he had
lied to Theophilus that he was a rich hausa man with
fleet of cars and he needs a mechanic to service them.
He rubbed his mouthstache, after this he would go and
thank his friend Musa the gatekeeper. He walked
towards the gate as soon as he heard a knock on the
“Goodafternoon sir, I hope am not late. ” Theophilus
rubbed his head, after he gets his money from this
Alhaji, he would travel immediately because he wasn’t
safe any longer in this country he thought. blessing was
almost killed, the killer had mistakingly shot their
pregnant neighbours who is currently at the hospital
receiving treatment. He knew he was the killer’s target
and he would leave before the killer finds him.
“no, walahi you are not late. Come and start work
immediately ” Patrick led him towards the house and
three policemen came out immediately, Theophilus was
shocked he turned to Patrick who in turn said
” you are under arrest for the murder of Mrs Sarah
Davis “. He started wailing at the top of his voice
” I didn’t kill her o! I didn’t kill my sugar MaMa” he
continued wailing until he was pushed into the truck by
the police and they sped off lean Patrick who also do to
see Musa for the last time.
He bought drinks for Musa who continued drinking, and
blabbering gibberish. He played a hausa song on his
small tape recorder and danced to it until he got tired.
“hepty man, why are you moody or is your oga
disturbing you” Musa went in and brought something in
a small black leather.
“see my hepty friend, put this in your oga’s drink he will
just sleep, and he will never wake up to disturb you and
na you go inherit their property” he gave a long throaty
laugh and Patrick kept looking at him, this is serious he
thought as he asked Musa a question
“Musa, u don use am before? “
” yes now, I put am inside one wine for my madam.. “
he paused and looked around, he whispered into
Patrick’s ear, and immediately he stood up with his
eyes almost poping out of its socket.
To Be Continued
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