The final *saga*
Tony sat on a couch, his palms supporting his
forehead. Things were difficult. His house was
filled with police men, SSS and what have yoy,
they were brought by Deji to search the
They still believed he had a hand in Lara’s
disappearance. Perhaps because of what he
did to her in the past. He’s full of regret.
Tears clouded his eyes as remembered Lara’s
word back then. She once told him ‘the law of
karma still reigns’.
That law was hunting him down.
Now she disappeared when he needed her
most, when he loved her with all his heart,
“hey! Mr Ritualist, come and open the door to
your study!” Deji squealed at him.
He glared at her, and she returned the look.
He bit his lower lip.
“Abi ko gbo ni? Didn’t you hear what she said?”
“Tony open the door for them.” Ifiora said
quitely. He was looking frail.
“Please don’t tamper with my documents, they
are vital.” Tony told them as he opened the
“Vital ko, bournvita ni! You people should
search every thing jare! Who knows maybe he
has some document for her kidnap.” Deji
ordered the policemen.
“Well, we didn’t see, and couldn’t find anything
suspicious.” the policemen emerged.
“Tony, where did you keep Lara’s remains?”
Deji taunted him.
“We’ll take you with us, till we’re done with our
investigations.” one of the SSS’s said.
“But officer…” Ifiora protested
“Shut up! Gbe enu re soun jare!” Funke
screamed at him.
“please take this ritualist out of here jor! If
possible arrest his parents too.” Deji told the
handcuffed his wrists. They were about to lead
him out, when the door bell rang.
“I sorry oga! Oga make I come see
something.”Adamu- Tony’s gateman walked in
“See what?” Deji eyed him in disdain.
“Hellooo…” Lara cooed as she walked in
holding her baby. Jide and his parents followed
Everybody gaped at her in utter shock, nobody
could speak or move.
“Lara?” Tony’s lips quivered.
“Lara, you!” Deji screamed in horror.
“Yes me!” Lara said handing over her baby to
Amara who was weeping.
“What’s going on here? Why’s everywhere in a
mess?” she looked around her.
“What’s the meaning of that handcuff?” she
asked again, gesturing towards Tony.
“I’m back home baby! Well and alive.” she
kissed him as she removed the hand cuff.
“ah mad! How comes!” Deji couldn’t believe
her eyes yet.
“Not how comes, but how it went.” Lara turned
to face her.
“Officer, you came to arrest my husband? No
no! You are wrong. Let me tell you who my
kidnapper is.” Lara smiled at a police man.
Deji was already making her way towards the
“Hold her!” Lara shouted, just as Deji opened
Deji ran out of the room, with the police men
following, they shot her leg.
“Haaaa! Don’t kill me oo” Deji screamed as
she held her wounded leg
“She was my kidnapper.” Lara announced.
“Its not my
“Its funke o, its funke! Its your mother.”
“My mother?” Lara’s jaw dropped.
She looked around for her mother
Funke shivered, as everybody gaped at her.
“wonderful!” Ifiora exclaimed.
“Did you say wonderful? This is just
unbelievable”. A policeman said, as they
shoved Funke and Deji into a van.
“I’m sorry madam, your mother isn’t above the
law. See you in court.” the police man told
her, before they drove away.
“But she is my mother!” Lara screamed.
“she….she can’t harm me!
Tony held her gently as she wept. His Lara
was back, alive and well, with his child
He collected the baby from his mother, he
hugged and kissed her.
“Thank you” he whispered to Lara
“Thank you for making Baby Ngozi a reality.”
he hugged her.
Lara wept as her mother was led into the
dock, alongside Deji. Deji had to use crutches
because of her leg. Lara looked around the
court room, Tony was sitting beside her
holding baby Ngozi, Tony’s parents were
present, her father’s relatives-Baba Lagbaja
and co were there for her. Even her rescuers,
Shina and his wife Ronke were present.
“stop crying” Tony held her.
She pushed him away, he expected her to stop
crying, when her mother was about to be
Everybody rose when the Judge walked in
except Lara, she was too weak to stand.
The judge was a female, Lara watched with
keen interest as she spoke. Her father had
wanted her to become a lawyer, but there she
was without even a secondary school
certificate -courtesy of her mother.
She was deep in her thoughts when she heard
the call to the first witness, she was to go and
witness against her friend and mother, she felt
reluctant. Tony nudged her.
She stood before the court, she told them her
ordeal, carefully skipping every part that
involved her mother.
Tony gave her an unsatisfied look as she sat
She looked away, what does he expect, she
still loved her mum.
The next witness was called, Lara looked up
sharply she heard a familiar voice.
“My name is Bayo Olayemi”
Bayo? Lara gasped. She hadn’t seen nor heard
from him ever since he raided her home.
“I was paid by Funke to rob OmoLara’s home,
and To Molest her.” Bayo concluded.
Tony nudged Lara the fifteenth time, she
glared at him.
“Look” he whispered.
She looked up
“Sophia!” she said in a fierce whisper.
Lara wept all through Sophia’s statement, she
hardly heard a word.
“Please listen,” Tony told her when the Judge
was to give the sentence.
Bayo was sentenced three years, for
attempted rape and robbery.
Sophia twelve months, for arranging Lara’s
Deji was sentenced for life, with hard labour.
Funke too was sentenced life imprisonment
with HARD labour.
“No no no!” Lara jumped up.
“My mother is innocent!” she wailed
Tony held unto her firmly.
“Leave me!” she pushed him away, rushing
towards her mother.
“Don’t take my mother away, she’s innocent o!”
she screamed as the police barred her way.
She passed out as her mother was led into the
“Sorry sweerie” Tony wiped Lara’s tears with a
He sat beside her on the bed.
“You have to stop crying, you should be happy
now, all will be fine.”
“It won’t be fine!…life won’t be the same
again without my mother…she is all I have.”
“Its alright” tony patted her.
“Remember, I’m here for you, our baby is
here…my parents are here…we’re gonna be
one big family, ” he said in a cool voice..
“Big happy family?” she searched his eyes.
” yea baby! A big happy family, with little or no
enemies.” Tony smiled at her.
“Sure!” Lara managed a smile as she hugged
He was right, she’ll have a happy life after all,
no more selfish mother, Sophia out of the way,
Deji cleared; there’s nothing more to fear.
Her FAITH in God made her dream a reality.
She had faith that her husband would turn to
good, that she would have a child despite his
impotency, that she would not die when she
She couldn’t help but to thank God for his
love, her faith in God turned her once
meaningless life into a meaningful one.
God’s love and grace was unquantifiable.
learn to have faith in God and God alone, in
every moment of your life.