A lot had changed since that incident that took place between Femi, Rita and those strange men. Femi had succeeded in changing the currency to naira. He purchased a new apartment that was lavishly furnished with a lifestyle of comfort. He was sitting in the sitting room with Rita as they were making plans for their wedding when suddenly some men came inside their sitting room. They were putting on police uniforms.
“Who are you and what do you want?” Femiasked nervously.
“Good question,” one of the men replied. I guess you are Femi.
“YesI’mFemi,” he repliedhastily.
“We are from the Nigeria police force, Abraka division. You are under arrest for laundering counterfeitedcurrency. Take him away,” commanded the police officer.
“What!” Rita shouted.
They took him away despite his fiancée plea.They also confiscated the house and other property whichthey have purchased.
After a one week, Rita borrowed some money and she hired a lawyer, who defended him in the court of law. Hewas eventually grantedbail, as he pleaded not guilty. Life inside the police cell was hell. It was an awful experience for him.They went home together and he began to narrate his ordealand maltreatment in the police cell.
“Look at what those wicked policemen did to you. This is unfair and wicked.” She bemoaned.
“I don’t blame them;I blame those thieves that gave us fake dollar notes. Leawoneniyankòriti o daraninuwọngbogboaye(May those people never see good in their entire life)”
“I don’t understand what you just said in your language.” Rita complained.
“I’m swearing for those fools, I don’t blame them. I blame us.
“What do you mean by that?” She asked hastily.
“It is our excessive cravings that made us to lose our money and I almost went to jail if not God.” He said and heaved a sign of relieve and then he continued.
“Who would ever expect that even an educated lady like you can fall for such a cheap sucker game?”
“Haba!” Anybody can fall for such enticement and besides I am not a graduate,” she confessed.
“What do you mean by that?” Femi asked hastily.
“Please forgive me.I lied to you,”she said in a low shy tone.
“Phew! Shebreathed heavily. I left school during my second year of study because my father was broke.”
“I don’t believe you. Your father is a rich man.”
“Indeed!” she shook her head sorrowfully.
“I was in a very expensive private university studying Accounting, when my father suddenly lost his job. So he was not having enough money to sponsor me and my brother who is schooling in Ghana until I had to drop out so he can focus on my brother`seducation.” she explained.
“Bravo!Therefore, you have been telling me lies. I believed you because you taught me almost everything I know today. This is not good. You are very intelligent. I want you to go back to school and finish your education,” he declared and swallowed−hard.
“Well!I am sorry. As for me, I’m not going back school anymore.”She responded.
“Why dear?” He asked hastily.
“Because I need to raise back the money we have lost. I agree with you that it was because of greed and ignorance that is why we lost our life savings. Therefore, I want you to pursue your dream of going back to school. I will try to rebuild your business while you are at school.” She declared calmly.
“You have spoken well.This was exactly what was running through my mind on our way back from the police station but I also want you to come with me.”
“Where are you going?”She asked
“I am going to Ekiti state.”He responded.
“What are you going to do there?”
“I have an old man to visit over there. I know it may sound funny but this ill−luck and business failureis abnormal.There must be an evil hand trying to turn things against us.” He Prophesied.
“So you haven’t changed still?” She asked rhetorically.
“Visiting a native doctor won`t bring back our hard earned money but it will make us spend more money. I don’t believe in such fetish things.”
“Well! I alreadymade up my mind. I will also start a farm over there, in order to raise money to enroll myself in one of the schools over there, so that I can participate on this year forthcoming WAEC or NECOExamination,” he declared.
“Bah!that`s a total waste of time. Femi, I have told you several times to continue trustingGod. Things will definitely change for the better. No one knows tomorrow.” She advised
“Yes indeed! Kosisiẹniti o mọọla(No one knows tomorrow) That is why I am going back to the village to raise money through farming to pursue knowledge.I n lọpadasiabule(I’m going back to the village).Olorunbukun fun o(God bless you oh). Nevertheless, as for me I am going to consult ‘Ifa’. You have always been there for me. Actually, I am going tomorrow. A man ought to carry his own cross.” He declared.
“Alright!” She affirmed.
“Feel free, if you insist on going. I will do my best to support you.”She said.
“No you have already done your best. What I need from you now is to help me manage the business well so we can pay back the Creditors.” He begged wearing a remorseful look.
“Ihụnanyam (my love), I will feel sad without you here with me.”
“Don’tworry; I will always visit from time to time. Pleasedo not allow those men that drive big flashy cars to deceive you. I’m your true love,”he said jokily.
“Yeah,Iwon’t. Excuse me,let me heat some water for you to take your bath. I will back in some few minutes.” she got up.
She left her room and went outside on her balcony to put water on the kerosene stove for him.