The Coffin Maker Episode 23

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Cell Leader

Madam, please stop what you are doing because we the ones inside this place can cry even more than you are doing. The important thing here is for you to get your ward food and also tackle the problem which got him here. If crying brings people out from police cell like some of us will be walking about freely months ago but as it stands, our freedom has been taken away from us by our fellow man.

Bernice Ansah

Mummy what he is saying is very true, let’s try and get in touch with the commander and see how we can resolve this issue amicably. Please officer is the commander in his office?

Officer

I’m sorry the commander is out on official duty and he will be back very soon so you can wait if you don’t mind. Just take a seat in front of the charge office.

Akua Yankey

We don’t mind at all so we will wait for him to arrive. Kwaku Mike, you see what your stupid temper has caused you now? Bernice, take this money and go out there and find something to buy for your brother.

Bernice Ansah

Okay, mummy but please in my absence try and see if you can get in touch with papa to see if he can do anything to resolve this issue.

Akua Yankey

I will do that, hurry up and get the food and water for your brother I believe he is starving and he might be distressed by now.

Bernice Ansah leaves the police station to get her brother something and shortly the commander walks in.

Commander

Sergeant Amo, did anyone come looking for me?

Officer

Not really, sir it is only the guy who molested your niece mother and sister who came to see you.

Commander

Don’t mind them, I don’t have their time yet. That stupid guy has to suffer a bit before I and my family members come to a compromise.

Akua Yankey realising the commander was the man who walked past her a while ago tries to approach him but the commander ignored her and walked into his office without listening to what she had to say. She walked to her seat very confused and in no time Bernice Ansah returns with the food and water she went to buy for her brother, seeing that her mother’s mood had changed she tried to find out what the problem was and before her mother could utter a word her phone rang and looking at the screen it was an unknown number so she answered the call.

On Phone:

Caller

Hello

Akua Yankey

Hello good day, please may I know who is on the line.

Caller

Akua, is everything alright with you because your voice is not sounding pleasing to me at all?

Akua Yankey

Please, may I know who is on the line because I don’t know this number.

Caller

Ah, so can’t you recognise my voice any longer, well is me your husband.

Akua Yankey

Thank God you called but what happened to your phone because I have been calling and it’s not connecting?

Caller

Oh, that is true, my phone fell in a gutter so am now requesting a phone repairer to cut my sim card into a smaller size so I can put it in the phone I seized from Bernice but what is wrong with you because your voice is not sounding right?

Akua Yankey

Hmmm, there is serious trouble ooo!!! The unexpected has happened my love, they have come for him and are not willing to listen to anyone as at now.

Caller

My dear, take your time and explain things to me in plain language. Who has come for who and is not willing to listen to anyone?

Akua Yankey

Agnes went to report the incident that took place earlier on this morning to the police and they came for him as if he was a wanted notorious criminal. I came to the police station to sign for his bail but no one is willing to talk to me.

Caller

I told you point blank before leaving the house that I won’t involve myself in any legal action that young lady takes because your son acted foolishly and the law has caught up with him. He should have known that the laws of this country protect women and that it is absurd for a man to lay his fingers on a woman. Have you gone to see the commander of the police station?

Akua Yankey

I know very well Kofi but please help him out, you can’t turn your back on your only son and I also believe he has learnt his lesson in a very hard way. For the commander, I tried talking to him but he ignored me and my little information I have gathered means that, Agnes is related to him. I mean to say that Agnes is the niece of the commander so the man is really serious and has taken the matter personally.

Caller

Oh really? Then your son is in a deep mess, where is Agnes at the moment and what about the commander also?

Akua Yankey

I believe Agnes has left to the hospital but for the commander, he is in his office. Please do something for my son to come out because my heart is beating fast and if anything bad happens to my son I will kill myself. I want you to do something now and I mean now!!!!

Caller

Woman, shut up, you talk too much sometimes. Did I ask him to go and beat the lady mercilessly in her room? Hmmmm, I will call you back (call drops).

Inside Cell

Michael Ansah

So my guy what brought you here and how long have you been here?

Cell Leader

My brother, I have been here for almost 9months but initially, I was taken to Nsawam Prison where I spent 4years without trial before my lawyer tried his best for me to be brought here. My offence was that I was at the right place at the wrong time, I went to visit my girlfriend who I was planning to marry to apologise to her on some misunderstandings we had the previous day and out of anger, I told her she will see the bad side of me. I entered her room to see her lying down almost lifeless with a knife stabbed in her stomach, I rushed to get the knife out from her stomach and that was when her roommate walked in, she screamed to alert her other hostel mates to come and see the crime I had committed, I tried to defend myself but none of them had the ear to listen to me.

They called the police in and that is how I ended up here without even a proper trial, I was only sent to court once and I was remanded to police custody but the detective handling my case decided to send me to the Nsawam Prison because I failed to give him the money he wanted from me. I have virtually lost everything and my hope now is lost because I don’t know my fate any longer but am ready to embrace anything that comes , my girlfriend was the only important thing to me on this earth as I lost my parents and siblings in a fatal accident.

Michael Ansah

Wooow, your story is very pathetic but what are the police officers doing about it?

Cell Leader

Hahaha, as if they care about me, see now in our country Ghana no one thinks about anyone again ooo, if you don’t have money, you never get the justice we have on our coat of arms, for the freedom you are given about 40% of it but if you make a mistake and its taken away from you that is when you will realise that justice is sold at a very high price. I don’t have any family member alive who will stand to fight for me so am just looking up to the Lord as I know that the battle is the Lord’s.

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Michael Ansah

Hmmmmm, what a country that we live in, no one cares about his fellow being and selfishness is now the order of the day. I hope and pray that a divine intervention comes your way, as you have probably learnt a lot from this case.

Cell Leader

My brother, does someone has to tell me or blow me? I have learnt my lessons in a very hard way that when am angry I should learn how to control my tongue and temper because the bible says the fool is considered wise when he learns how to hold his tongue.

Michael Ansah

Bro, I have also learnt my side of the lesson in a very unique way and I hope I come out clean from this mess very soon without being processed to court because my dad who can play around the clock to get me out from here emphasised categorically that he won’t involve himself in this matter should the lady decide to make any legal move.

Cell Leader

Really? Can he be that callous and irresponsible like that? Ain’t you his only son?

Michael Ansah

Yes am his only son but my dad has got an unresolved issue with me which has turned us in arc rivals all because I diverted my course I read in the university without informing him of that and he only got to know after I completed school.

Cell Leader

Ah, so what is coming from your mouth does it sound pleasing to your ears? You guffed big time and if I were him(your father) I will even throw you out of my house if you are still living under my roof. I am trying to imagine how his face was going to look as he got this bad news from you, my brother you put yourself in your dad’s shoes and imagine how you were going to feel if it was you. You didn’t try at all but let’s all pray for divine intervention on your behalf because if not then you will pay a courtesy visa-free trip to “country no vex” very soon.

Michael Ansah

Where on the continent is that country because I haven’t heard of the name before?

Cell Leader

Hahahaha, that country is in Africa, I mean to say in West Africa and precisely Ghana and the exact location is in the eastern region in a small town called Nsawam and an estate called Nsawam Medium Prison.

Michael Ansah

God forbid, my guy!!! I won’t ever in my life visit that place filled with hoodlums, rapists, armed robbers, fraudsters, harden criminals and social miscreants.

Cell Leader

Mike let me enlighten you on this, is not all the people who are there are criminals as most of us think. Some are there because they were in the right place at the wrong time and couldn’t defend themselves properly. Even some were wrongly accused because they chose to toll the right part of their lives. For instance, lets use my issue as a case study.

At the Commander’s Office:

Commander

(talking to himself) Nonsense you think you can molest my niece and go about freely? I will make ruin and mess up your miserable life for you.

(telephone rings)

Caller

Hello commander, how are you doing?

Commander

I’m fine, may I please know who is on the line because am very busy this afternoon and I have a lot of things to attend to.

Caller

Does it mean you don’t recognise my voice any longer and why are you been hostile this afternoon like that?

Commander

My friend, I told you am very busy so introduce yourself and state your purpose of calling because this is an office line and you don’t expect me to recognise all the voices that I come across daily.

Caller

I’m shocked you claim you don’t recognise this voice after all this while. So it’s true that you have gotten a new lady so you have forgotten all about me if not like you wouldn’t be acting this way towards me.

Commander

Rubbish!!! If you don’t have anything reasonable to say to me then clear off this line because I have important matters to attend to. Mtcheeeeeeew (drops the telephone)

Commander

Nonsense, you call someone and you go about saying foolish things to the person without even introducing yourself properly to the person. This is how you go about putting people into serious troubles. (telephone rings again).

Tbc