The Coffin Maker Episode 50

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Opana stepped out of his house and remembered to call his son and check up on him as he didn’t get the opportunity to talk to him the previous night.

On phone:

Michael Ansah

Hello papa, good morning.

Opana

Good morning, my son, how are you doing this morning? How is the capital city of the country too?

Michael Ansah

I’m very fine, papa and everything is very okay here in Accra as most people have left their houses to their workplaces.

Opana

Honestly, because I didn’t hear from you as you got to Accra yesterday I didn’t sleep the whole of last night ooo.

Michael Ansah

Ah papa, I’m not that small boy you knew some years ago, I’m now a big boy and a rich man in the making.

Opana

Hahahaha, I love what I’m hearing, I believe you are comfortable at your friend’s end?

Michael Ansah

(lying to make his father okay) Papa to use the word comfortable is understatement. I regret not coming over all this while. Anyway how is my little sister doing?

Opana

Well, I can’t say anything for now but I’m rushing to see an estate developer to buy my portions of land and palm plantation so I can raise enough money for her to be flown abroad for her surgery.

Michael Ansah

Flown abroad? Is her injury that bad?

Opana

Hmmmmm, my son, I’m afraid your sister might lose her brain if she is not operated upon and the surgery can’t be done here in Ghana. She has to be flown to either South Africa or America. That is the reason why I’m going to sell my portions of land and palm plantation.

Michael Ansah

It is well papa, let me leave you so that you may proceed with what you are doing. I will be calling you from time to time to check up on you and the rest of the family members. I wish you the best of luck in your exploits papa and please if anything pops up for me to return home don’t hesitate to notify me.

Opana

Don’t worry my son, please concentrate on the purpose for travelling to the city. We will talk later so take care of yourself and stay out of trouble. (call ends)

Michael Ansah

(speaks to himself) It is very good I didn’t inform papa about my injury and the crisis I got myself in, he would have been very worried and would’ve asked me to come back home.

Opana

(talking to himself) It is good I didn’t state the exact problem to Kwaku Mike about his sister’s health if not he would have been disturbed and could even offer to come back home. I will try my best to hide everything serious away from him now, I don’t want him to have a divided attention on the purpose of him going to the city.

Opana on his way to see the estate developer heard someone calling him from behind so he stoppped to see who was calling him because the voice of the person didn’t sound familiar to him.

Opana

Yes how may I help you?

Unknown Person

(panting for breath) Ah good morning sir, I have been chasing and calling your name from afar but it seems you didn’t hear me.

Opana

Yessss please be fast with your reason for stopping me.

Unknown Person

Mmmm, sir as you are already aware, you haven’t performed your needed ritual.

Opana

Did you say ritual? I don’t remember going to any shrine, fetish priest or engaging myself in anything that required sacrifice or ritual.

Unknown Person

(scratching his head) Sir as you know, when you win lotto you have to give something to the agent who you stake the lotto from, and as you are already aware, you have done no such thing so I am here to bring it to your notice that I’m still waiting for you.

Opana

Oh Jesus Christ, the son of virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus, Joseph the carpenter like me, please grant me the spirit of patience and tolerance. Mr man look at me very well, do I look like a fool or an imbecile? When you drove away the fool, was it behind my house that you caught him erh? I’m trying very hard to control my temper so be a life saver to yourself and get out of my sight before I do something nasty over here.

Unknown Person

But sir what wrong did I do or what wrong thing did I say? Please I only came in peace to get my little share of the money you won from the lotto you staked from me some days back.

Opana

Were you expecting to get something from me after what you did to me? My friend, do you see how hard and ugly my palms are? If you don’t leave my sight this very moment I will slap you with my sandpaper palms and you will get bruises on your stupid face. Don’t try to be my enemy of progress this morning because I am in a very good mood. We are done talking.

Unknown Person

But sir you know what you are doing is not good and how you are treating me isn’t fair.

Opana

If you think and know I’m not treating you fairly, kindly go to the police station and file a complaint against me, it is because of issues like this that place was built. Have a nice day.

Opana leaves the lotto agent and stops a taxi which will convey him to the estate developers place.

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Back at the city, Kwaku Mike had gotten to the place where his friend is to pick him up and he is overwhelmed with joy to see his friend already waiting for him at the place. He pays the driver off and gives his friend a warm embrace. He tells his friend to stop a car so they move to his end right away because the dress he was wearing was a danger to their safety and that on getting to his house he would tell him everything he needed to know.

At the Hospital:

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

Doc I’m trying very hard not to get angry because if I do this place can’t contain both of us. Someone should tell me something that will calm me down or else…

Mrs Adu-Tettey

Honey please take it easy and be calm. Patience conquers mountains, so just be calm and let us listen to what the hospital management has to say to us.

Doctor

Brigadier, I will entreat you to be patient for us to try and get answers to the puzzle before us. Matron you made mention of someone who would be of help to us so let us know what you have under your sleeves.

Matron

Doctor please before I say anything I would like everyone to follow me to the private ward that young man was occupying. I will…

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

What is the need going to that place since the young man is no longer there? If it was a note he left behind kindly go and get it for us and stop giving that unnecessary excuse that will make me much more annoyed than I am already.

Mrs Adu-Tettey

Baby please calm down. Give the woman the opportunity to express herself better. Who knows what is over there?

Matron

Thank you very much madam, please as I was saying earlier on, kindly follow me to the young man’s private ward first.

They all move into the elevator and walk to the private ward when they got out of the elevator. Before they entered the private ward they saw someone lying on the hospital bed.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

Were you trying to play pranks on us madam? Isn’t he the one lying down there on the bed?

Matron

Sir, he is not the one. That is the nurse who was appointed to monitor his condition.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

So, what is he doing on his bed?

Matron

That is the reason why I brought you here, I equally don’t know why he is on that bed. I have been calling him to wake up from the bed but he bluntly refused to heed to my calls.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

Oh really? We shall see very soon (brings his phone out and calls Captain Awude in together with five of his men)

Captain Awude

(walks in with his men) Sir you summoned me here with the boys, anything the problem?

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

Get that fool from the bed and give him some VIP treatment.

Captain Awude

With pleasure sir, Corporal Akakpo you and your men pull that idiot from the bed and hold him in angles, I will give him some strokes to knows who he is joking with.

Doctor

No you can’t do that sir, please wait a minute.

Captain Awude

Hey, hold him well and don’t let the doctor come any closer to us. We don’t want any interference from him.

Captain Awude gave the male nurse some stroke of lashes with a rope he had in his hand but the male nurse wasn’t responding to the beatings that were being unleashed on him, the doctor screamed for them to stop immediately if they didn’t want to lose the male nurse. Captain Awude saw the sense in what the doctor said so he stopped beating him.

Doctor

Brigadier if you watched the nurse closely you would have realised that he is very drowsy. I suspect foul play in his condition. Matron when did you see the nurse in this state?

Matron

I saw him like this when I brought that police detective who came here to write down the patient’s statement.

Mrs Adu-Tettey

A police detective? Honey please did you inform the police about the young man?

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

No my dear, I never spoke to any police officer so I’m equally surprised with what I just heard from the matron. Something is not just right here.

I have a feeling that the person who came here claiming to be a police officer is part of the bad people. Doctor, I saw some CCTV cameras inside the hospital can you please take us to your computer monitoring room? One of my men is a computer genius and he can retrieve any information we want from your system.

Doctor

I’m sorry to say that our CCTV cameras are no longer functioning, they broke down some months ago. We called some technicians to work on it but it only worked for days and went off again.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

So, what is wrong with the institutions or companies in this country? Almost all of you have the same problem. What is the purpose of mounting a CCTV camera if it doesn’t work? I’m very disappointed by your poor services.

Doctor

I’m very sorry for this problem but as it stands our only source for any information will come from this young man who is in a drowsy state. Matron, please get me these medicines from the pharmacy (hands over a prescription form to the matron with some medicines written on it)

TBC