After leaving khadijat’s mother’s house,
Dayo had gone back to the market to
continue his Alabaru job. When night fell, he
went to an uncompleted building where he
usually slept, just a few distances from the
market. He had slept deeply and was
already dreaming of his mother, it was his
favourite dream. He always made sure that
he thought of his mother alone, as he laid
his head on the hard floor of the
uncompleted building and stared at the
starry night sky.
On this night, after devouring the agidi
jollof he bought from the market, he laid to
sleep, and as usual was dreaming of his
mother when he was startled awake by thud
of feet. He got up to a sitting position and
tried to see through the darkness, the
people intruding his sleeping place. When
he could not see anything, he stood up and
tiptoed towards the sound of voices, and
listened. He heard the voices of men and
from their conversation, he could gather
that they were planning to rob a house.
“Oh my God, they are armed robbers! If they
see me here, they might kill me” he thought
as he squatted behind the wall. But he did
not squat for long when he tried to adjust
and hit a tin lying by the side. The noise of
the rolling tin pierced the still night, and
the voices stopped. Then Dayo heard
someone say that, they were not alone.
“Come out now and I might spare you,
remain hidden and when I find you, I shall
kill you” he heard a coarse voice say. Dayo
was not ready to take chances with his life,
so he jumped out and prostrated in front of
the gang of thieves.
Dayo: “Please spare my life, I am an
orphan” he cried. He was asked to stand up
and he stared into the scariest eyes he had
ever seen in his eleven years of living. The
leader of the robbery gang was called
Stone, and this was because no matter how
many shots was fired into him, it didn’t
Stone: “What did you hear?” he asked,
looking at the boy who had disturbed their
timeline. They were supposed to be across
the street in the lemon painted house where
the head of women in the market lived.
Dayo: “I did not hear anything, please spare
my life I am an orphan, I have no one in this
world, I have nothing other than my
mother’s dream. Please don’t kill me, I fled
from death in Lagos to Oshogbo, please
don’t kill me” he cried.
Stone: “Pitiful. If we don’t kill you, we must
take you with us, and to earn your keep, you
have to prove your usefulness”
Dayo: “I will do anything you want” he said
anxiously, shivering in the plastic boot he
scavenged from the dustbin.
Stone: “You see that lemon house” he said
pointing to the dimly lit house across the
street, “You will go there and bang on the
gate until someone comes to the gate. Oya,
move” he said and pushed Dayo out of the
uncompleted building. They went with him
and hid in the shrubs around the house,
while Dayo walked with shaky legs to the
front gate. He knew what he was about to
do was wrong, but he was faced with no
other choice. He couldn’t risk that the guns
in their hands were filled with bullets.
Tania stayed in the hospital because the
doctor said she was over stressing herself
and needed to be on bed rest for a week.
She had Skyby at her beck and call, but
unknown to her, Skyby had recorded the
encounter between Bella and Tania, where
she confessed to trying to kill Dayo, and
wanting to kill Bella. So, she was still on
the hospital bed, trying to call her husband,
Damilola when policemen walked into her
Tania: “Officers, how can I help you?” she
asked, her voice shook to register her fear.
She quickly hung up on her husband, whom
she was about to call.
Police man: “You are under arrest for
intentionally endangering the life of a
minor, with the intention to kill and the
attempted murder of Bella” the police said
and read her rights to her.