My life at thirty
taken from the court straight to ikoyi prison, i started counting down to two weeks from the first day i got there, there were different section of prisoners inside Ikoyi prison, there was section for foreign nationals, sections for criminals were there too while they have section for bankers that committed financial crimes. There i met my colleagues both old and young, everybody narrating one story or the other.
After a week i arrived at the prison and i was expecting to go to court the following Wednesday, my sister came to visit me at the prison when she broke the news to me that we won’t be going to court the following week again that magistrate court judges are on indefinite strike because of some demands from government or their agency. “so, when will they call off the strike i asked”, we don’t know ooo we are praying to God to them them resolve the issue on time.
She left that day and i was devastated, i started thinking and the usual headache i used to have way back then was back again. There was this headache i used to have that whenever it started, it always worry me but i always use paracetamol or anti malaria drug to cure it and it will go the following day. Another thing was that over the last one year plus i had started losing my hair and i was becoming bald but i never see it as anything as there were so many guys even below my age that already had bald hair.
The headache had started again and i believe it was from the news i just heard, did i forget to add that over the past 6 month or so, i use to urinate so often, during the night, i can urinate more than 5 times. Days was going into weeks and the strike was not called off, they eventually called off the strike after like six weeks and that means i have already spend close to two months inside the cell.
I was happy when my sister tell me that hearing for my bail application has been fixed, the day arrived and that was after spending more than two month at the cell, the judge later granted me bail to the sum of N10million naira and a surety in like sum, i was asked to be remanded at ikoyi prison pending when my bail condition will be met. I was happy that at least i will be free in a matter of days or so but how is my parent going to raise N10million.
I had over N3million naira in one of my personal account with another bank, i asked them to help me call my account officer so that i can talk to her that i will be issuing a transfer instruction to my sister that she should help me attend to it as a matter of urgency, i told them that i have two properties, one in sango, two virgin lands in Ilorin town and the other in Tanke, i asked them to sell one of it which i know one alone worth up to N15million naira.my dad said getting a surety was not really a problem that he will sort that out, my sister said i was seriously looking lean, who wont look lean after spending two months in prison.
I started counting days waiting for my parent or sister to come but none of them was forth coming, weeks, one month and two month even the trial date they gave me at the court was just approaching, i was in the prison this early Monday morning when they called me out, there was my sister, my parent and another lawyer entirely waiting for me, they said my bail conditions have been met and i can go home now to start preparing for my trial.
I was looking extra ordinarily lean, I asked why it took them so long before coming to get me out of the prison and my dad drop the bombshell. He said they were able to get the money from the bank with the help of my account officer even though it was difficult initially but it was a surprised when they got to my house and met some people in the house who said your house has been sold to them by one Mrs Adejoke, she sold off all your properties, your main house, the one in sango and Tanke including the virgin lands..
The only option we had left was the hostel in Offa that you built for us that we should be using the house rent to eat, we hand to sell it off for 6million naira, your sister’s husband gave us N700k and we sourced for the remaining N300k. I fainted immediately.
I woke up, i asked where i was and i was told that i was in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, i asked what happened to me and they told me it has been two weeks i was unconscious. They gave me the good news that the bank has drop charges against me because they were able to apprehend the IT guy in the office who said it was some guys that installed a software on his system and instructed him to just put any of the bank network cable into his laptop, he said he didn’t know what they wanted to do with it but they promised him N1million naira if he was able to deliver which he did and they paid him the money, the funniest thing was that those guys that sent him have travelled out of the country. I was told the bank has withdrawn my service from their employment too, i was happy because at least am not going back to the prison.
I asked when i will be going home and i was surprised when my father started preaching for me again saying i will need to be strong and be a man, this time around, you don’t need to think about any other thing rather how you will get better, after running series of test on you, it was discovered that you have untreated syphilis for over a very long period of time which has affected your kidney and you will be needing transplant later on and the fact that you also have a partial stroke…. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I saw my sister Nimat whipping me with a cane and after flogging me for close to an hour and blood coming out of my body, she started chasing me up and down with cutlass, i was running away from her as i didn’t know where the strength was coming for, all i heard her saying while chasing me was “i told you i will hunt you down” “i told you”, i was pleading with her but she was still chasing me then i fell down on the floor, the moment she wanted to cut me with the cutlass, i shouted mo ku oooo (Am dead ooo)..