ALEXANDER AKOTO ADJEI
(Nii Dromo The Mortuary Man)
The tears my mum shed at the police station when she arrived made my spirit very weak.
The way things were going, Mr Narh had to intervene by sending my mother out of the police station because my fellow inmates and the police officers didn’t like visitors who came and shed tears at the station.
For good twelve days I was still behind bars without being taken to court, and all this while I kept asking Mr Narh what was going on because no one was saying anything to me.
Also, I had not seen or heard from Barrister Dede Tetteh since the last time she came to interrogate me at this very place.
Mr Narh told me that my lawyer was involved in a car accident and that she was now recuperating from a slight injury she sustained and that she was not leaving any stone unturned so I should just be patient with her for now.
Mr Narh didn’t even leave the station before some men and a lady came to the station.
I overhead them mentioning my name to the officer at the counter that they wanted to see me.
They were given the opportunity to do so and when they came closer to me their leader told me that they were from the Human Rights and Administrative Justice and that one Barrister Dede Tetteh called them in to look into my case.
My face beamed and I saw the light of hope shining over me but what nearly turned my happiness down was when the leader said they weren’t there to grant me bail but rather they were here to see to it that I was arraigned before court immediately without any further delay.
And so, I should pray hard for the judge who would preside on the issue to have mercy on me and grant me bail.
They told me that they wanted to go and see the commander and the crime officer in charge of the case and that they would be back to see me before they finally left the police station.
About five minutes later Ken, Sammy and Tilly also came to the police station.
When they got there, Sammy started insulting me and pointed me out to Tilly that “this is the pig who raped you! I promise you that he will stay behind bars all the rest of his life!”
As he was throwing threats into the air, I heard a female voice behind them ordering him to shut up since he was not the judge to accuse me of being guilty or not.
They all turned and it was no one but my lawyer.
She further told Sammy that if he had not driven carelessly under the influence of alcohol, Tilly wouldn’t have pass passed out for her to be brought to the mortuary, and I wouldn’t have been tempted to take the advantage to sleep with her.
She for the first time revealed the big secret to the three of them that if they cared to know I was in a relationship with Tilly even before she travelled to the UK.
With this revelation Ken dropped his phone that he was holding because what he heard was so shocking that the current that passed through him could generate power for a hospital to use for a whole month.
He looked at his sister and then turned to look at me.
I believe Sammy would have wished that what he heard was just a hearsay but hey it was the only truth that had been hidden under the sun for a very long time.
Sammy quickly walked pass my lawyer and Ken followed him leaving Tilly motionless.
Barrister Dede Tetteh went to her and told her in plain language that if she was still alive and strong, she should be very grateful and thankful to me because I was the reason why she was still counted among the living.
She kept looking at Barrister Dede Tetteh as if she had been hypnotised without even uttering a word to anyone.
The next thing we all saw was Tilly throwing up and running to the exit of the police station.
My lawyer smiled whilst she shook her head as she came close to me.
I asked if she was now feeling better because I was just informed that she was involved in an accident and she told me that she would only feel or get better when I was granted bail or I was acquitted and discharged as a free man.
Before she left my presence, she said “CONGRATULATIONS” to me and I still did not understand why she made that comment towards me.
The congratulatory message Barrister Dede Tetteh left behind kept ringing in my head over and over.
What was she congratulating me about?
The more I taught about it the greater I became confused.
Later, my mother brought food for me to eat and this time she looked a bit radiant and cheerful that she engaged me even in some chats.
She told me she had informed the man of God who saved me from the hands of death when that man wanted to end my life and the prophet said everything that was happening was the doing of God.
In the sight of man Joseph was a common slave but later God saw in him a prime minister.
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison but later rose to become the president of his country.
So, before something good could be developed or designed it must first be destroyed before the dream could materialize.
This was the message the prophet sent to me through my mum.
He told me through my mum that I shouldn’t feel bad or allow my emotions to beat me down not for even a second because everything that happened back there fell in line with God’s plans for my brighter future.
With this message I got a renewed spirit to carry on with the battle ahead of me.
The slogan, “THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S” came into mind and I smiled at myself.
Later, the crime officer together with my lawyer came to inform me that I would be appearing in court the following day God willing.
And so, I should get myself ready very early in the morning so he could convey me to the court early.
My lawyer told me not to worry because everything would be just fine.
One thing that I liked about my lawyer was that she was very confident and articulated in everything she did and said that even though we had not appeared in court before I had hope in her that she could get me out of this mess.
In my head I had plans to reward her if she took me out from this place because she had really sacrificed a lot for me.
I knew if it were to be some other person I was going to get made up stories simply because he or she had been involved in an accident but for my lawyer her story was different even though she had a neckband on supporting her neck for the accident she had earlier on she still rendered her services diligently.
And again before she left my presence she repeated her “CONGRATULATIONS” message.
Since I couldn’t relate to what exactly she meant I also smiled about the statement and went to lie down at my little corner inside the cell.
That evening when my mum brought my supper I told her about me being taken to court early tomorrow morning so she should get me a nice dress from my closet when coming over the next day and she should please also get the information across to Mr Narh who was now like a father to me.
After I finished eating, I gave the bowls back to her and before she left, she engaged me in a short prayer before leaving.
To me the time from that evening to daybreak was the longest night ever because I couldn’t sleep the whole of that night.
I prayed over and over and over till I even became short of words towards God.
Being confined to one small place where you could only sit or lie down at one small place, be deprived of what to eat, drink and wear was one difficult thing to do.
If you were lucky and your family members, friends and loved ones came to visit you often then that meant you wouldn’t lack what you would eat so you would be doing the “ADIDAS” thing which was you ate and slept.
But if luck was not on your side and no one came to visit you that meant if someone didn’t share his food or drinks with you then you were going to live on an empty stomach because the police officers didn’t care about anyone inside the cell.
The only hope you might have was when you had money on you with the police officers taking charge of it for you.
When someone came to visit an inmate you might plead with that person to buy you food outside the yard.
Well that was by the way as darkness gave way for daylight to creep in, I showered quickly and went to sit in my small corner waiting for my mum to bring my dress and for the officer handling my case to come and take me to court.
All this happened later and I was sent to court.
Honestly, when the officer took me out of the cell I nearly fell down because the outside world looked very bright to me compared to the dark world I had been kept for weeks.
I also noticed my colour had become a bit brighter than it was before even though I wasn’t applying any body lotion on my body when I bathed.
We got to the court very early to see many media personnel waiting for my arrival and before we got down from the car I saw Barrister Dede Tetteh granting an interview to some of the media people who probably approached her.
When she saw me being ushered into the court room handcuffed, she followed us and came to sit next to me.
She was smiling for a reason I still didn’t know.
I asked her and she told me she was just happy she would be defending me for the first time at court. The judge eventually walked in and the entire people in the room stood up until she sat down before we resumed our seats.
The court clerk started calling the case and they were attended to one after the other, as my case was called the officer took the handcuffs from my wrists and I was directed to stand in the witness box and as I turned I saw Sammy and about eight different lawyers seated opposite my lawyer.
The court clerk asked me what language I would like to use as the case was about to commence, I chose English and after he asked me of what I wanted to swear with before the case officially started.
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I chose the holy Bible and after I was done swearing the prosecutor stood up and read out the reason why I was standing in the witness box and my charges to everyone present and myself.
After he was done my lawyer stood up and introduced herself and the chambers she came from.
Later the plaintiff’s lawyer stood up introduced himself and his fellow colleagues to the court and before anything was said my lawyer asked for the police report from the CID department but the judge told her the report wasn’t ready so she adjourned the case to two weeks’ time and failed to grant me bail and also ordered for me to be kept in police custody till my next court day.
Hmmmmmmmm is there hope for Nii Dromo at the moment looking at the case and the number of lawyers the plaintiff has invited over to court? Time is the only thing having answers to the future but definitely we will know what will happen next later in the evening
I am Akoto Adjei Alexander, a Christian. A product of Abetifi Presbyterian Senior High School, Abetifi-Kwahu. I am in my late 20’s and the last born of the boys my parent brought to earth. Basically, I am a fiction/scriptwriter who loves to write about nature and the realities of life. I do a little of Graphics Design, I do MC’ing of events somethings, a Motivational Speaker and a Relationship Talk Expert
To be continued. …………………….. #Yeb3toasi
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