The Coffin Maker Episode 24

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Commander

(answers the call in a harsh tone) Whoever you are am not ready for you stupid games and if you don’t take care I will track you down and deal mercilessly with you for these foolish games you are playing with me this afternoon. Are you mad?

Caller

Hey, easy!!! Is that how you relate to people who call you without finding out who is on the other side of the phone? Calm down!!!

Commander

(hearing the voice and realising it’s a male voice) Oh am sorry for my harsh words, someone has been playing pranks with me this afternoon on the telephone and I taught she was the same person calling. Please accept my apology and identity yourself to me since I have a lot on my desk to work on this afternoon.

Caller

I’m surprised you can’t make my voice out but all the same, this is your brother from another mother, Opana “the rough boy”.

Commander

Oh, my brother, sorry about that but as am talking to you now am very hot this afternoon so am not thinking straight.

Caller

Is that so my brother?

Commander

Yes ooo, the regional commander is on my neck to get a particular report on his desk before the end of the day and a stupid boy also assaulted my niece badly so it has gotten my mind very hot and I promise to deal with that boy ruthlessly.

Caller

Well I called you because of ……..

Commander

(cuts in rudely) My brother, I hope you are not coming to demand money from me this afternoon because the truth is that, the last money left in my accounts was what I gave out to you the other day.

Caller

Hmmmm, my call is on a different agenda this afternoon so keep calm and listen to me. Am calling on behalf of that stupid boy you just referred to some seconds ago.

Commander

Please my brother stay out of this and don’t involve yourself in this matter because that boy needs to be taught a big lesson. I want him to go through pains and misery for what he stupidly did to my niece.

Caller

My brother, I wish I could stay out of this matter but I can’t. That foolish boy happens to be my only son and I can’t sit and watch him go through the plans you have in mind for him, I didn’t know Agnes was your niece and am…..

Commander

Hold it there my brother, so even if I wasn’t related to that girl did your stupid son had to assault her that bad? Do you know how bad he has deformed my little girl? We shouldn’t be even having this discussion in the first place because the more I talk about it, the more evil intentions find it way to my mind.

Caller

So, in other words, what at you trying to insinuate? No am not getting you over here right now, the truth is that my son foolishly out of his youthful exuberance and joblessness took a stupid step which I’m not proud of, that is why am calling you to kindly rescue him because at least when you wronged my family and I, my son was the only person pleading on your behalf for me not to make that issue a top-class issue. You owe me a lot of favours so I won’t plead with you to reconsider your decision but a word should be enough for the wise.

Commander

Are you threatening me?

Opana

My brother is neither a threat nor request, I will call it free advice and don’t forget we have an outstanding deal that I can choose to either play by the rules or I do what I want. Mind you the media houses always want a mouth- watering headline to publish on the front page of their graphics.

Commander

You know this is blackmail and it is not fair. If releasing your son will let sleeping dogs lie and foster unity between us, I will grant your wish and release your son right away. Hope you are okay with that?

Caller

(laughing) I knew I could count on you my brother, ah you scratch my back I scratch your back then we are all happy. I will pass by one of these days so we sit and break bottles for this wonderful union. Let me leave you to continue with your busy day activities but kindly release my son now because his mother and your sex partner daughter of mine are waiting for him outside the charge office. Have a blissful day (ends call)

Commander

(very furious) this nonsense must stop, am I the only big man in town who slept with an underage girl? This man is using his head and mind against me, this case could have also enriched my pocket but look at me now, I didn’t even get a cedi out of it. A stitch in time saves nine and I know what to do to get myself out of this mess.

The commander calls the officer in charge of the case to immediately release the suspect they have in their custody.

Commander

Sergeant Kwaku Duah release that foolish boy who assaulted my niece right this moment from our custody and I mean right now.

Sergeant Kwaku Duah

But sir we even haven’t taken his statement yet and I plan to deal with him drastically for what he…

Commander

I didn’t ask for your views or opinion, I gave an order and I expect it to take effect right this moment so make that move now before I come out of my office.

Sergeant Kwaku Duah

But sir why this sudden change of plans because you are the same person who instructed me to go hard on that boy without fear or favour.

Commander

I hate people who challenge my orders, I gave you an order to detain him unlawfully and now am ordering you to release him now before hell breaks loose and you are there asking me unnecessary questions. If you love your job then silently do as I say because a call just came from above which can cause a big problem for us.

Sergeant Kwaku Duah

If you say so I will release him immediately.

Commander

You better do that before I walk out of my office. I don’t want any trouble in my last days in this office.

Sergeant Kwaku Duah moves to the charge office and opens the cell for Michael Ansah to walk out freely.

Sergeant Kwaku Duah

You are a very lucky guy, my boss for no reason has ordered for your immediate release which I don’t understand but am only following orders from him. My eyes are fixed tightly on you and if you dare touch any lady again in or around this town, I will personally throw you into jail. Leave this place before I slap your fucking face.

Michael Ansah walks out of the charge office to meet his mum and sister sitting and hoping for an intervention to take place for his release to take effect.

Akua Yankey

(wipes her face) Kwaku Mike, is that you? How did you get out from their cell?

Michael Ansah

Mummy, I just don’t know how it happened, I was just inside the cell and the officer handling the case came to open the door for me and ordered me to leave the charge office before he beats the living hell out of me. I just don’t know how it happened but I will call it a miracle.

Akua Yankey

Indeed the mercies of the Lord endureth forever. Father God, I don’t know how I will thank you enough, you keep blessing my family with mindblowing things which makes me so speechless most of the time. I and my household remains…….. (phone rings)

Caller

Akua have they released our son?

Akua Yankey

Yes they just released him all of a sudden and we were wondering who was behind this fast liberation for my son.

Caller

Well, I’m the one who made that possible so you guys should move to the house as am coming over right away and woman talk to your son like a mother does to her children because this will be the first and last time I will stand in for him in a police-related matter. Children of his age are making their parents proud and not rather compounding their problems for them. See you guys later in the house, I have decided to journey back home now.

Akua Yankey

Okay my dear thanks for not turning your back on us even though you are a man of your words.

Bernice Ansah

Mummy, what is going on? Was that papa trying to find out what was going on?

Akua Yankey

Yes, it was him, my dear, he called to find out if truly your brother had been released because he pulled some strings and your brother was released just like that. Let’s hurry up home since the sky isn’t looking friendly and for you, Kwaku Mike take a hard lesson from what happened today.

Michael Ansah

Mummy, I need not be told, I have learnt my lessons due to what I encountered inside there. I won’t even wish what I encountered there to even my enemy and from henceforth if someone threatens to engage me in a police-related matter I will run for cover.

Akua Yankey

Its all in your hands my son, now what do we even do to the food and drink your sister went to buy for you?

Michael Ansah

Oh give me that so I hand it over to my primary school mate I met inside there. His story is the worse story I have ever heard and he has really suffered in this world at his tender age.

Michael Ansah gave the food and drink to his friend and later rushed home with his family members and in no time the rain descends heavily so that the Christmas harmattan could show it’s existence. The rain came down for hours without even reducing its pressure and eventually the wind was blowing violently whiles the thunder strike was massive and rampant. Later the lights went off and in a short time Opana knocked on the door and when the door was opened and he got into the room the lights came back but his family members screamed out of shock with what their eyes saw……..

What did the family members of Opana see that made them scared?

Tbc