The Coffin Maker Episode 32

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Opana and his boys pulled the roofing sheets of Eno Bruwaa down without leaving behind a single sheet on the woman’s roof. One of his apprentices brought a scrap dealer and right in front of Eno Bruwaa, Opana sold the roofing sheetings for an amount of fifty Ghana cedis and gave the money out to his boys for them to go and use it for food for the work they did. Opana went back to his house after he saw his boys off.

Akua Yankey

My love, I saw what you and your boys did and to me, I felt it was not necessary for you to go that mile.

Opana

My dear, you are not feeling well so please go and have some rest. I have had enough of that woman on this compound. I believe it is high time she is taught a lesson in this house. If I said I was ejecting her right now, it was going to take between 3 to 6 months before I throw her out of my own house but with this room without roof, we shall see if she will stay for another day even on this compound.

Akua Yankey

But my dear she is a human being and deserves a little respect and privacy if possible. I’m not in support of this my love.

Opana

I wasn’t expecting your support or endorsement of my actions my dear. Don’t worry your head on a matter that has no value to us, I have already executed my plans and admonishing my plans won’t change anything that has already happened. What I was expecting from you was for you to be asking me how bad my shop was damaged and not this PhD holder of gossip.

Akua Yankey

I had the intention to ask you that question until I saw you pulling down that woman’s roof.

Opana

Well luckily for me and you, it was half of the shop that got burnt so I have instructed the boys to put the shop in place and take pictures of the place.

Akua Yankey

Pictures? Is that necessary at this time? We must rush to the place to see how the place is before the boys take advantage of the situation and ransack your shop.

Opana

Relax woman, don’t worry your head about my shop, everything is under control, my sweet wife. Please prepare Banku and okra stew with big crabs for me, that is what I feel like eating this evening.

Akua Yankey

My love, are you sure you are very okay? Your shop which brings money to this house was gutted fire and you don’t even look bothered at all. You even have an appetite for food, you are full of surprises my dear.

Opana

You worry your head over things that are not necessary my dear. Okay, to calm your nerves down, I want you to know that the shop has been insured and I called them to inform them about the fire. They said they will come and inspect the place tomorrow morning so that is the reason why I told the boys to take pictures of the place.

Akua Yankey

Ah, what a piece of sweet news to hear at this particular time of misfortune. Where is Bernice? Come and take this money and rush to the market and get me some ingredients for okra stew preparation. Today, I will do a very special meal for you that, even when you have eaten to your satisfaction you will still want more.

Meanwhile, at the police station, the commander has received a letter from above that he has been transferred and the letter takes effect the very moment he reads it and sitting before him in his office is the officer who is to succeed him in his office as the new commander. He is not happy that he has been transferred to the national headquarters because he thought he was going to go on retirement at his current post as a district commander.

Back in Opana’s Compound:

There is a loud knock on the door which turns everyone’s attention to the door.

Opana

I hope it is not that disrespectful daughter of that gossip. Bernice, please check who is at the door.

Bernice Ansah

(opens the door and sees armed police officers in uniform standing in front of the door) How may I help you, sir?

Police Officer

Young girl where is your father, is he inside the room? Tell him some police officers are looking for him.

Opana

(screams from the room) Bernice who is that at the door?

Police Officer

It is the police, please come out right this moment.

Akua Yankey

Police? My God not again this time, my dear you see what I told you earlier on. I was having the feeling that your action will bring great repercussion. Please don’t go out there my love, just go and hide in the storeroom so I go out there to face them.

Opana

My dear, can you please calm down? Nothing at all will happen so just relax and I don’t want to hear any word from you again until the police personnel are gone.

Opana walks out to meet the police officers outside his house with full confidence.

Opana

Yes, how may I help you? Because I don’t remember inviting you over to my house.

Police Officer

Sir, you are under arrest for unlawful entry into this young lady’s house and creating a mess over there. Please be warned that anything you say here will be used against you in the court of law and you have the right to an attorney but you can only make that call when we get to the police station.

Opana

Did you use the word “unlawful entry” in this compound of mine? Have you even made a move to that place to ascertain the damage of the place in the first place?

Police Officer

Well a team of officers has been dispatched there to check the place out, so that is not for you to worry. (pulls a handcuff out to put it on Opana’s hand)

Opana

Youngman, are you mad or something? Did you just pull that rusted handcuff on me? What do you think you can do with it? Am I resisting arrest and do you by chance know who you are standing before?

Police Officer

I don’t want to be rude but I’m not sure you are God or the Inspector General of Police. You better keep quiet and move before I bundle you into the car like a thief. I am treating you gently only because you are an elderly person. You think because you are a landlord, you and God are on the same platform. Behave yourself right now before I show you the bad side of me.

Opana

Mmmm, let me see your shoulder first. So you have not even gotten to the rank of an inspector and you are standing in front of me to command me like you are even more than the IGP. God, please give me the spirit of patience if not blood pressure will kill me. And you young lady, the fact that you have taken steps to the police station first doesn’t render you a victor. I love litigation more than an Akyem man. I’m the first Akuapem man who litigated with a Whiteman for him to withdraw his case from the supreme court.

Eno Bruwaa’s Daughter

Then, I’m going to be the first person you’ll lose your first litigation case to. You think we are that weak for you to trample on us just like that. You haven’t seen anything yet.

Akua Yankey

So, why didn’t you come and see me first before you went to the police station, young lady?

Eno Bruwaa’s Daughter

Madam, did your husband see you first before he came to pull our roof down?

Eno Bruwaa

Ask her for me my daughter, the painful part is that he sold the roofing sheets in front of me for an amount of fifty Ghana cedis and shared the money amongst his boys.

Akua Yankey

Herh, so it is true that you don’t respect.

Police Officer

Please enter the car, guys let’s move.

Akua Yankey and her daughter rushed out of the house to pick a taxi to the police station after the police officers left the house with her husband.

Michael later comes to the house to hear that his father has been arrested by the police. He rushes to the house to get money and make a follow-up. As he was leaving the house, he bumps into someone and apologises to the person then he runs to stop a taxi. The person he bumped into starts asking people around who he was and why he was running from the house like a lunatic…

Tbc