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2 Feb 2017


Mr.Badmus looked like he had been starved for d past one month. He still could not believe
that he had been set free to go.

He was brought out of prison & was given a good meal of fried rice & chicken which he
ate like a mad man. He had been beside himself with fright thinking of the trial which was
Wednesday & how he had no hope of escaping undeserved punishments which was certain to be either death by hanging or
firing squad. He looked at d inspector who had so badly disgraced him a week ago & wanted to put a gun to his heart & pull d trigger. He devoured his food & when he was through, he looked at d
inspector & said,

“Now, my name is shattered, what are u going to do about it? I could sue u, u know?
The inspector laughed at d threat,
“u want to sue me? Do u think I don’t know about
how you sent people to kidnap ur daughter for ur selfish interests? You could spend years
in prison for doing that, d murderer told us everything in confession”, he said.

The blood drained from Mr Badmus’ eyes & he looked older than his actual age. He
started pleading with inspector sule who said that he would
behave as if he did not hear anything if he left that place in peace.

Mr. Badmus left d police
station with just one purpose, to finish Belina. He had been given
one thousand Naira by d
inspector in order for him to get around, after taking d keys of
his apartment he set out. He got to his street in no time &
everyone’s eyes were on him. He quickened his steps but even
children were whispering then
all of a sudden, he heard a road prophet call him, “young man”.
He quickened his steps but d voice came harder & frightening,

“Don’t u dare walk out on a prophet young man, it is dangerous”. He had heard of d power behind prophets & was
scared of them actually. He stopped for his dear life & faced d prophet. He was an old man & was having problem
standing upright.
“Yes, baba”, he said
“Hmmm, listen to d voice of God my son so that u would not regret ur actions. u have it in mind to do something evil & God has asked me to warn u against it. Things would still
go well for u & ur former glory would be restored, if u obey my words. That child u
blame 4 ur misfortunes is not to blame but u are to blame.
U maltreated that child when she was young not knowing that
little children have guardian angels who are just there to fight
on their behalf. It is what u sow that u reap my son. If u try to carry out what is in ur
heart,u would not succeed & might not live to tell d tale.
Obey God &u would be
honored”,d old man said in a shaky voice & was gone immediately leaving Mr Badmus

Mr Badmus stood poised and too
stunned to move a muscle. He
could not fathom how that old
man had been able to read his
mind. He would have thought
that the old man was hired if he
had told a single soul about his
escapade but no, he hadn’t even
said it aloud with his mouth and
here was a prophet telling him
everything to his face.
He was finally able to leave that
spot five minutes after the
prophet’s departure and before
he knew it, he was face to face
with his entrance door. He
battled with the door for some
seconds and when he finally
opened the door, a very big rat
ran out of the door. He jumped
out of the way, his heart
palpitating wildly. He stayed there
for some seconds to recover
himself and after that, he went
in, and just as he was about to
sit down tiredly on his couch, he
sited a dead cockroach right on
the chair and he flew away

He left the cockroach on the chair
cos he was too tired and went to
seat on another couch. Every little
thing just seemed to frighten
him and he felt that the words of
the prophet were taking toll. He
looked back at his life again, how
he had been a ladies man, and
how he had lost his dad and his
ability to reproduce to a car
crash. He thought about how he
met his late wife Linda and how
she had given birth to Belina and
became more beautiful
afterwards. He thought about
how Belina had been exceedingly
beautiful that even the nurses
could not take their eyes off her
then they had praised him for
being the father. He remembered
his maltreatments then which
grew worse immediately the
finances dropped. He had to
admit that the downturn in his
finances started immediately he
started maltreating Belina.
He negotiated his options; if he decides to forgo the words of
the prophet by going after Belina’s life, he might be caught by the police and be hanged but if he would not be caught, he would have to go out of Lagos or
even out of Nigeria. Following the prophet’s warnings to him would be the best thing, he
thought finally because there was still a guarantee of having
cash again and no matter what had happened, he was not tired of life yet.
He sighed repentantly and went to his bedroom mirror and saw a sight that looked so unlike him and he decided to go to the chemist nearby for medical care before he set out to look for Belina.

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