Episode 10: Survival Means
I think I am in labour, Nadia cried!
How can this be happening now of all time; when public hospitals are on strike and we have been robbed of our money, Femi lamented.
Joewie who was planning to return to Niger could not leave them with the situation on ground. He had to escort the guys and Nadia to a near Private hospital for the delivery.
Few minutes after she was admitted into the labour room, the doctor came out and asked; who amongst you is her husband? We are her guardian, they answered simultaneously; please speak to us. This is a CPD case, the doctor said. Her pelvis is abnormally too small to deliver the baby vaginally; we would need to go through a caesarean section, and that will cost you
Whaaaaaaat! that is too exorbitant, Kobi screamed. After so much haggling, the doctor insisted that they made an initial deposit of
N120,000 to begin the operation. They totalled all the money they had including Joewie’s supposed transport fare and all they amounted to was N48,745. We can’t do anything with that amount the doctor said. Keeping the baby for too long in the birth canal is detrimental to both mother and child. If I were you, rather than wasting time haggling a non-negotiable bill, I would be on my way to source for money.
Kobi attempted to contact Kwasi for assistant but his phone wasn’t reachable. The 3 guys began to pace around in different directions wondering what to do next. It was 8pm, and Nadia was in excruciating pain, and losing strength due to the prolonged labour.
Luck or Danger?
Confused, Femi walked to the restroom to relieve himself. In the restroom, an unzipped wallet stuffed with money was lying on the ground. He looked around and he didn’t see anyone. “I will just take this, it’s not a big deal; this must be heaven trying to help us out”, he convinced himself. As he dipped the wallet into his pocket, a giant man grabbed his hand and said in a deep voice “we be blood, thief no dey rob thief”
Abruptly, Femi peed in his pant and began to plead. The giant man patted him and responded; “no worry, I understand. We follow dey d game together”. They had some chat and Femi narrated his story and the reason behind his action. Upon hearing his story, the man responded; I will help you out, just follow me!
He drove Femi to his house which was about 20km away. The living room smelled strongly of alcohol, cigarettes, and hard drugs. Four men were seated closely in it. “Who be this boy wey you carry come, one of them asked”. Don, the colossal man introduced Femi as a new member of their team. Welcome to the Desperado family they said to Femi; you came at the right time.
The Perilous Plan
Don invited him to the meeting and announced; we will be robbing a Microfinance bank at exactly 1am tonight, so pay attention to every details in this meeting so that everything goes smoothly.
“Bank robbery? I’m sorry, but I won’t be able to participate,” Femi responded timidly. However, when he learned that he could earn up to One Million Naira from the deal, he agreed to participate.
Their meeting lasted two hours, during which roles were assigned to each member. Femi’s role was to stand guard by one of the entrances and alert others if there was an alarm. He was shown how to use a rifle and told to shoot at anyone who dared to intrude. They sped off to the bank for the operations at precisely 12:30a.m.
Meanwhile at the hospital, the surgeons had already begun surgery on Nadia, as Joewie was able to loan
N80,000 from his cousin for the operations. As Kobi and Joewie paced around praying for Nadia’s safe delivery, they wondered where Femi had gone for so long. They tried to reach him on phone but he wasn’t responding to their calls. They had no idea that he was in the middle of a perilous operation.
Back to the Act
They were able to disconnect the CCTV and disengage the door with the assistance of the bank’s chief security officer, who was also a member of the criminal team. The operation was supposed to end in 10 minutes, but after 15 minutes, the guys were still stocking money.
Just like we see in African Magic Television, a police van approached the bank out of the blue. As soon as Femi sighted them, he peed in his pant for the second time. Forgetting that it was his responsibility to inform the other member of the team in the event of any alarm, he started running off. As he ran, the cops fired intermittently, and a bullet slide through his left earlobe. The pain was gun-wrenching, and felt like he was dying. He fell to the ground with blood shedding profusely from his earlobe. He managed to hide between two rocks, panting heavily and praying to God not to die or be caught.
Twenty minutes later, he saw the police dragging the other members into their van from the corner he was hiding. Fear gripped him as he watched. “What if they mention my name”, he cried!
Lesson 5: No matter the situation, never consider robbery an option.
Robbery is a violation of morals, the law of the nation, and religious commandments. If you successfully rob once, you will be tempted to rob again, and you will eventually get caught and punished.
One hour had passed since the surgery began; Joewie and Kobi were still pacing around the hospital in fear, praying for Nadia’s safe delivery. Soon the surgeons emerged wiping sweat off their faces. Kobi and Joewie ran towards them in apprehension and asked; how did it go?
Hmmm…the Surgeons sighed, it…….
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