Judge: “Due to the flight risk which the defendant poses, bail is denied, the defendant will be remanded in prison throughout the trial. This is my judgment”.
Obianuju: “Emeka, don’t let them take me away, please” she cried, but Emeka just stood helpless.
Unknown to them, Amelia had bribed the judge who was a close associate of her father before his death; they had agreed that no matter what happened Obianuju must remain in prison, so the judge already had her judgment before she heard the case. Emeka came out with his lawyer and there was Amelia standing before them with a smirk on her lips.
Amelia: “If you ask me, I’d say she is better off in prison, if she is free, one can never know what will happen to her”
Emeka: “What are you saying to me right now?”
Amelia: “I am saying, remember our deal, stay away from her or I will kill her. In prison, anything can happen, if I have the power to influence a judgment, think of what a little hundreds of thousands, given to prison wardens will do” She said and kissed Emeka on the lips before sashaying away.
Ulysses touched by the way Emeka had spoken decided to visit a church and hear more, he was tired of the way things were going in his life, he had wealth but he couldn’t find happiness, he thought it was the death of his friend that caused his depression, but now his friend is alive, but he was still depressed. Waking up in the morning was a big job for him, he felt like he was carrying a heavy load.
Ulysses: “Save me Lord” he cried one morning. The Lord ministered to his heart and he went out looking for a church. He drove through the streets, until he saw a church, the building of the church looked ordinary, not like the beautiful auditoriums he saw on television, but the voice within was clear when it urged him to go inside. He parked by the curb and went into the church.
Congregation (singing): “Oluwa joo, wa gbe mi soke…” Ulysses sat at the back and joined them in singing. After a while, he found himself praying, when no one had thought him to pray.
Ulysses: “Oh Lord my Father, lift me up from this pit of sin wherein I have fallen, I cannot go on with this life if you will not come into it. I feel the weight of my sin on my shoulders, all the babies that have been aborted because of me, all the people I have dealt unkindly with, please Father forgive me and take me into your family”. While he was praying, the church workers came and held him, they took him forward, to the front of the congregation.
Congregation (singing): “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…”
After the service, he was sitting down when he saw Yvonne walk up to him; she had a pleasant smile he had not seen on her for a long time.
Yvonne: “Surprise finding you here. How was service?”
Ulysses: “It was great, I am happy to be a member of His fold” he said beaming at her
Yvonne: “I am happy the Lord has found you just as He found me” They sat down right there and began to talk, catching up on the time they had been apart. They were both happy Emeka was alive, but sad that Charles was dead, they had liked him because when they deserted Obianuju, he was there for her. Worst of all, was the fact that Obianuju was in jail. Ulysses asked her out on a date, Yvonne accepted and they went their separate way.
Two days later, Ulysses took Yvonne to the Sailors Restaurant and bar, for their dinner date. After eating calamari, they were having ice cream for dessert when Yvonne screamed.
In prison, Obianuju was not finding life easy, she was mocked and booed at, picked on by other inmates, she kept to herself, crying and hurting.
Obianuju: “I succumb, just kill me, Ohamiri” she said in despair. Ohamiri appeared at that moment laughing hysterically.
Ohamiri: “Bow to me now, bow to me and I will spare you, acknowledge that I am your goddess, that I own you and you are my slave” Obianuju was speechless, she just sobbed, at that point, she didn’t mind being struck dead, the pain and heartache was too much. For her sake Charles was dead, she didn’t deserve to live anymore, she just cried.
Meanwhile, Emeka had a stirring in his spirit to pray, he felt like Obianuju was in trouble. He started to pray.
Emeka: “Oh Lord my God, your child is here, asking you to fight on behalf of Obianuju, let your grace which has found me just as I am, be sufficient for her, let my strength carry her too, do not forsake her in this moment of need. Any powers fighting against her let them succumb to your will in the name of Jesus.” He prayed.
Right there in prison, fire enveloped Obianuju, she could not see it, but Ohamiri could see it, her face knotted into a furious scowl and she let out a loud roar before disappearing into thin air. Obianuju lifted her head and Ohamiri was gone, she cried the more, so defeated was she, that she began to say:
Obianuju: “Who will save me, God, are you there, will you save me?”
A small still voice: “I will save you, come to me, you are my child. Before you were in your mother’s womb, I knew you. My plans for you are of good, not of evil, open your heart to me” A song she had heard sometime on the road, while she was driving, began to sing in her heart (Someone’s knocking at the door). Then a group of three young ladies came into her cell, they were from the Scripture Union, they were on prisons outreach.
Preacher: “Do not despair my sister, you may feel like the whole world is coming to an end, but help is on the way. Remember Paul and Silas, they prayed and the prison gates were opened. God can bring you out of these walls, he who set the captives free will restore your freedom” After which, they began to pray, they led her to ask for forgiveness and acknowledge Christ as her personal Lord and savior. Obianuju cried with a loud voice and said:
Obianuju: “Do you still need this vessel Lord? I am broken, used and filthy, you deserve more than I have, can you use this vessel” The answer came in her heart “I will make you whole again” Peace descended on her and she was calm. The ladies knew what had transpired and they broke into songs of praises. It was like the prison walls were shaken, literally.
Emeka washed his hands off her case so as to get Amelia off Obianuju, he would rather not be with her, than have her killed. But he did not abandon her completely; he had his lawyer take over her case. The lawyer went to the prosecutor and demanded for an autopsy to be carried on Charles’ body. As usual, Amelia found about the move and went ahead to bribe the forensic pathologist to give a false result that Charles had died of poisoning so that they would say Obianuju poisoned him. Unfortunately, on the day of the autopsy, the pathologist had a family emergency and called in for recuse, the assistant pathologist who had not been bribed took care of the autopsy and the prosecutor was furnished with the result.
Obianuju was in the cell reading the new testament bible she had been given by the SU, she especially loved “John 3:16” she loved that God loved her so much that he gave up the only son he had. She was still reading the portion when she heard her name called; she rushed to the outer passage where the warden dragged her to the head of prisons’ office, where she saw Emeka’s lawyer and the prosecutor prosecuting her case.
Prosecutor: “Mrs. Udo, you are free to go, the autopsy shows that physically nothing was wrong with Mr Charles, his death was unexplainable but it cannot be pinned on you. Congratulations.
Obianuju raised her eyes to God and shook her head
Obianuju: “It is you Lord, I see you working for my favor. Thank you Lord” she said as tears streamed down her cheeks.
Question: What will be Amelia’s next move, what will be Ohamiri’s next move? Can you guess?
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