Now in the police station, Kadir has the photo of Meenarh in his hands, staring at it with smiles on his face. The policemen who brought him in did not find it difficult to, he had obeyed them the moment they told him why his attention was needed at the station. The investigator does not force him to speak; an instruction from Hajiya Jemilah, he hands him the paper and pen, and then asks him to write a statement.
Kadir: “Must I write this shit? Why don’t I speak instead?”
Police: “We are following instructions here. But if you wan talk, suit yourself”
Kadir: “I also demand a video coverage”
Police: “Yes, we are being covered, go ahead Mr. Man and save us some time ”
Kadir: “Meenarh came to me, and she was like, ‘Kaydee, I’m tired of this place. I want to go out, meet people, have fun’, and I’m like, sure, we can go out anytime you want, buh she be like ‘my sister won’t let me’, and I be like, you don’t have to let her know…and so we planned it…yea”
Police: “Ok, what did you plan with the deceased?”
Kadir: ‘She told me that she was supposed to attend training in Lagos, which was later cancelled. I told her to make it happen; I arranged for her to stay at my place, she was supposed to stay for two weeks. But that son of a bitch took her home and murdered the innocent girl. He should pay mehn!”
Police; ‘Is it true that you both buried the body behind his house? What finally happened to the body? That is what we want to know.”
Kadir: “Not really. Mike is so dumb, he was scared like a jelly fish, with the help of a friend, her body was dug and sent somewhere else.”
Police: “Do I need to ask you who the friend is again? Time is not on our side!”
Kadir: “I won’t talk until I see my brother” he announces and turns Meenarh’s picture to the other side
There was no other way to handle the case than to respect Kadir’s wishes, “maybe it would lead us to the murderer”, the investigator thinks within himself. Few hours later, Uncle Karim arrives the station, he is given the opportunity to have a private chat with his brother.
Kadir: “Get me out of this jungle, else I’ll talk. I can’t even breathe some fresh air, can’t you see I’m looking pale? He whispers
Uncle Karim: “Father was right about you! You are such a mistake. I got businesses to attend to, I wouldn’t want Jemilah to know I’m involved in this. Just keep your mouth shut and I’ll think of what to do. And you need to be here for some days…so I can think of what to do. It is not my fault that you childishly decided to help your big mouthed friend with the body”
Kadir: “Hmm…You are the mistake! I can’t spend the night here, get me out of here you bastard! I will fuck u up, bro.” he threatens as Uncle Karim stands up, waving his baba riga.
Police: “Stop right there, Sir. You are under arrest for the murder of Meenarh Bashir Yaqub…” He stops Uncle Karim by the door…their conversation was being recorded.
After being told by her private investigator that her husband has confessed to the murder, Jemilah develops a sudden fever; she suddenly loses her sense of speech. With the help of her driver, she is being taken to the hospital.
Doctor: “…Madam, can you hear me? You have what we call ‘high fever’, gradually, you will start to talk, but you need to take it easy on yourself. I have prescribed some medication for you…And congratulations, the pregnancy test came positive”
The doctor’s voice keeps ringing in her head, she tries to talk as she touches her stomach but she is unable to; then her attention is diverted to the television, she knows the media is now aware of the scandal, but not completely. During Uncle Karim’s confession, he had asked for a private chat with his wife, where he told her why he murdered her sister;
Uncle Karim: “I know you will hate me for this. But your sister wanted to explore, she kept seducing me whenever you were away. I did not know how to resist her, you know she looks exactly like you. On the day she died, I had seen her, she told me she was pregnant, I did not know how you will take the news, she threatened to tell you…Baby na, I did not want to lose you. I sent one of my boys to follow her and beat her so she can lose the baby, but somehow, she wanted to call someone and the guy did what he had to do. I rushed to Mike’s house the following morning to see if she survived, but I had gotten there late; she was already dead.
I can tell the law anything they want to hear, because my status is tarnished already, I may be here till I die, but I want to tell you this because you deserve to live a free life-your anger pushed you, you burnt your sister into ashes! I couldn’t stop you. Go and have your life elsewhere, and never mention this to anyone.”
As she watches the news recap from one TV station to another, she cries continuously. She regrets her actions; her anger has led her to burn her own little sister, how is she going to live the rest of her life?
Days after, Uncle Karim’s arrest, Jamilah is seen packing her things, she intends to leave to an unknown destination to go start life afresh. She pauses as whispering coming from the door draws her attention, a knock follows after,
Jemilah: “Who could that be?” she says to herself, waits for a second as the knock comes again, “Who’s that?” walks towards the door, her heart misses a beat as three policemen are at the door, “ how can I help you? And who are yo…” she manages to say hiding the tension surging within but the senior cuts in,
Senior Officer: “.. we are looking for Mrs. Jamilah Abdulkarim, ma!”
Jemilah: “Yes? How may I help you?”
Jemilah is arrested by the police for the murder of Alfa, “How did they find out” she asks herself as they arrive at the police station. She discovers that someone had seen her while shooting the Alfa, a young man who had gone to empty his bowels close to Alfa’s abode, had captured the murder with his Techno Camon C5 and ran to the nearest police station to make a case.
Jemilah: “I’m finished!” she squeezes herself to a corner of the cell tears dripping down her cheeks, the cell has a smell of a mixture of urine and excreta. The women in the cell taunt her and she is visibly shaking as she awaits judgment.
The court passes judgment on Uncle Karim, Jemilah, Kadir and Mike;Judge hits the gavel and passes judgments on the suspects, Uncle Karim is sentenced to death by hanging; Jamilah is given ten years imprisonment, Kadir and Mike are given two years with hard labour.
Mike’s Mother breaks down with paralysis as she hears the news of Mike’s imprisonment. And while in prison Jamilah remembers she is pregnant,
Jemilah: “I now have a reason to smile again. I pray it’s a girl; it would be Meenarh coming back. I’ll make it up to you, dear sister!” she caresses her belly and sobs.
…. THE END (stay tuned for Another Interesting Story Today **Smiles) – Did you learn something interesting? Please Share your views at the comments below!
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