“Mallam Adamu sannu o”i greeted the hausa man who sold beef close to my shop,
as I unlocked my shop.
I came to shop late because I went to Eniola’s school to pay her school fees.
David hasn’t showed up, its almost a week now. So Bola was actually right, he
meant no harm.
I sighed, as I dusted the provisions.
Only God knows how my parents are for now. Maybe Baami has forgotten about
“Iya Eniola welldone o”Tola’s mother greeted me.
“I came to buy some soup material o.”She announced sitting on a stool.
“Ah Ahn! Mummy Tola, you should have just given me the money while I was
coming to shop this morning now…”I said with concern.
“No problem o!”she replied looking around.
“Errrm, shey you know Iya sikira?”she asked
when she had the surity no one would hear us.
Mummy Tola the Amebo! I smiled to myself.
“Ehn now.”

“Toh! The woman is in trouble now o”she made a face.
“Yes o! You know she’s having 15 children ba? Toh, the husband don impregnate
that corper wey dey their compound o”she
“Ehn? How did that happen?”I asked holding my chest.
“How did that happen? Hehehehehe, na how e take dey happen, na im com
happen”she laughed.
“Wonders shall never end o”I clapped my hands in gossip fashion.
“Errm, mummy, what do you wanna buy now?”I quicky said, in order to stop her
from bringing up another topic.
She look disappointed”I wanted to tell you how Iya Demola killed her husband’s
son”she said with a frown
“Ah Ahn, leave that one till I come back home in the evening”I laughed.
“Are u chasing me away ni?”she feigned annoyance.
“Noooo, haba! My shop is your own too now..”that was how I got rid of back-
biting that morning.
That afternoon, I was sipping garri when I saw Tola running towards the shop, her
feet was bare save the socks.
“Mummy o, Mummy Eniola oooo”she wailed throwing herself on the cemented
frontage of my shop.
“Tola, ki lode? What happened?”I asked holding her.

“It’s Eniola oo”she wailed the more.
My heart skipped, my hands became shaky…
“What happened to my baby?”my lips quiverred.
“She ….she…she…was…she…is…yeeeeee!”Tola cried the more.
Tears filled my eyes
“Talk to me Tola please…where’s she?”
“some people catch her o…they put her inside motor and drove away”she managed
to explain
“Yeeeee! Haaaaa! My daughter o!”
my daughter has been kidnapped…I raved like mad.
I threw myself on the flow, rolling from left to right and vice versa.
“My God o! Eniola ooooo!Haaaaaa! Moti ku ooo! Baami ooo…E gba mi ooo”I
screamed and wailed.
A crowd gathered , with alot of Ohhs and ahhs!
I jumped up, about to run to Eniola’s school, when someone gripped my hands…
I turned sharply with tear stained eyes.
“David..”I whispered
I remembered his last words, maybe he abducted my daughter.
“David where did you take my daughter to?
Where is baby?”I wailed shaking him vigorously.

“Give back my Jewel”I shook Him some more.
“I want my baby…give her back!”I wailed.
“I…calm down Teju, please.”david said soothingly
“What happiness do you derive in wrecking my life? You’re always intrested in
stealing my joy”.. I lamented letting him go.
“I didn’t take her!”he wore a painful look.
I searched his eyes, somehow I believed him, but I wasn’t too sure.
“But you…”I started to say.
“Come.”he pulled me into the shop. The crowd began to disperse.
“Baby, you have to stop crying, calm down please.”he tried to make me sit down.
“Stop telling me to calm down!”I yelled.
“okay..”he sighed.
“Can we go to the police now…to report the issue?”he said patiently.
He helped me lock the shop, before leading me to his car, Tola was with us too.

At the station, David gave the statement’s and all.
“What’s your relationship with the girl?”a police inspector asked.
“She is my daughter.”David replied stressing the word ‘my’
.He stole a glance at me, maybe he was
expecting me to shout him down again, but I was too tired to do that.
David drove me home, I wept all the way.

Bola was waiting at my door, she hugged me and we wept together.

That night was a terrible one, full of lament and tears.
David had to leave cos I won’t let him spend the night at my place. He begged
Bola to stay with me, promising to come back the next morning.
“Bola? Do you think I was born to suffer?”I tapped Bola who was dozing off.
“stop talking like that, ehn, please.”Bola looked worried and tired.
I sighed, and walked towards Eniola’s picture that was hanging on the wall. She
was all smiles.
“My lil’ princess…”I began.
“where ever you are, remember mummy loves you..and I’m missing you
now..you’re precious to me..”I ran my hand over the
“Please Eniola, come back to mummy”I whispered gently, wiping a tear.
“Teju…whats this now? Stop crying, she’d be fine.”Bola pulled me away from the
My phone rang., I squinted at the strange number.
“Hello Tejumola”a male voice replied from the other end.
“Yea, who am I speaking with?”I asked quitely.
The caller laughed cruelly
“Teju- Teju…you mean say you no recognise my voice?”he laughed again.

“No, please, who are you?”I asked in faint
“ah ahn! Okay na Akpan dey talk. Madam Lina gateman..remember”he replied.
I was shocked, how did he get my Lina ne number? What was he calling me for?

“Hello..Akpan…”my voice trailed off.
“I just call make I inform you say your pikin dey with me…you dey hear
ko?”Akpan said with ease.
I clutched my stomach.
“your pikin dey for my hand o, anything me like, me fit do am, remeber wetin you
do me ko?”he chuckled wickedly.
“Akpan..please…I..I’m…”I gave up trying to speak.
He laughed some more, before cutting the call.
“Hello? Hellloo?”
no response.
I slumped to the floor..I’m doomed
“Teju..what’s wrong? Are you okay?”Bola
held me
“Akpan has my child.”was I could whisper before every thing blacked out.