David’s side of the story;
As narrated by David
At exactly 7am, I picked up Chinedu and
together we headed to the teaching hospital to
You can’t imagine how anxious and nervous I
was that moment. The guilt all over me was
severe. I was very much responsible for
putting the young girl in danger. I equally
couldn’t help but pray for Nora and her baby
to be safe at least till I return from the
journey. I felt they were the next target.
Chinedu was the first to break the silence
between us as he slowly narrated how he tried
to reach Jessica on phone the previous day.
‘’I kept trying her phone numbers all through
yesterday but couldn’t get to her. You can’t
imagine how scared I was. I couldn’t even
sleep and early this morning a girl answered
her phone as I called, breaking the unfortunate
news to me ’’ he slowly narrated.
‘’This Edwin is something else, I can’t believe
he went that far’’ I breathed with regret as my
thoughts centered on Nora and my son.
We finally arrived at the hospital to see the
poor girl very much unconscious. A young guy
quickly approached us, thinking we were her
‘’hello, Good morning; my name is Stanley, the
student leader for all students living within the
******* community’’ he introduced politely.
‘’You are Jessica’s brothers?’’ he asked
‘’not really but we are like family to her. Of
course we will pay the bills and take charge of
everything. So tell us what actually happened
to her?’’ Chinedu quickly chipped in, taking
over the conversation while I silently listened
‘’yesterday evening, about three cult boys
broke into her room with the aim of robbing
and raping her. Surprisingly she fought them
off like a tigress, resisting their every move.
As they struggled, she bravely shouted, risking
her life in the process and leaving the guys
with no other option than to try beating her to
death, perhaps in an effort to shut her up.
Luckily her screams caused a big uproar
within the neighborhood, which mobilized
every student. We all bravely came out to
confront the hoodlums. But unfortunately they
escaped before we could get to her room. Our
action saved her life and till now no one can
tell how they escaped.’’ He narrated.
‘’but can you identify the people behind the
attack?’’ Chinedu asked pointedly. The young
man quickly drew back..
‘’no I can’t identify them. I didn’t see them’’ he
‘’listen young man. I was once a student like
you. Back then we knew all the cultists even
though we never associated with them. As a
student leader, I’m very sure you know most
of them’’ Chinedu quickly pointed out, while
the boy frowned.
‘’To be sincere I really don’t know if the boys
that did this to her, are the cultists living
within our neighborhood. But even if it is so,
most of them are not students. Some are
touts, claiming to be students. A whole lot of
them have been there before we even moved
into the neighborhood. The country’s election
is just around the corner and that kind of
made them more active than they used to be
in the past. They are now very rich and noisy
and no one dares confront them. Even if you
try to get them arrested, they won’t spend a
night in police custody before coming back for
your head. All we do is simply to avoid them
and I think the girl must have done something
to provoke such treatment because they hardly
disturb any student living within the
neighborhood. I have to confess that they
hardly terrorize us unless maybe one way or
the other you did something to get their
attention’’ he explained nervously.
‘’How about the guy called Edwin?. I presume
he is one of the cult leaders? How much do
you know him?’’ i asked breathlessly, quickly
describing Edwin’s look. The boy instantly
‘’Yes he is one of the leaders and equally very
rich. He is very powerful within and outside
the campus. He even has people outside the
state. He claims to be a student but he isn’t
and the school authorities are really keeping a
blind eye on his activities’’ he answered
‘’you know what?. I want you to discreetly
spread this message. Tell anyone who cares
that we are willing to pay fifty thousand naira
just for information on how to find Edwin.
Yes we are serious’’ Chinedu slowly offered,
leaving the young man totally stunned..
I equally was surprised with Chinedu’s offer
because we never discussed anything about it
and I couldn’t help but wonder if he was
actually doing it for me or for the girl who just
Nevertheless his plan was a good one and
within a week, a guy offered to tell us
everything about Edwin.
Anyway that’s a story for another day .
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