EPISODE 18: GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY?
The knock on the door was very annoying. Where was everyone? Ever since the will was read, itâ€™s been a mess.
The bang on the door continued. I got there just in time to see Taiwo open the door.
â€œAre you Shalewa Benson?â€
â€œNot, sheâ€™s my sisterâ€ Taiwo answered the men at the door.
â€œIâ€™m Shalewaâ€ I answered
â€œMiss Shalewa Benson, you are wanted for questioning in our station for the murder of Mr. Gbolahan Williamsâ€
Taiwo looked at me and shouted â€œmummyâ€ she ran to get Iya Shalewa.
I couldnâ€™t even think right. What? How?.
â€œCan I at least change into something decent?â€ I looked at myself in my bumshort and hello kitty tank top
â€œNoâ€ the men grabbed me
â€œHold on a secondâ€¦Taiwoâ€ I tried to get away from them.
They dragged me out of the compound into a black Volvo and screamed out to Taiwo who had run out; I could see Iya Shalewa running out too.
â€œYou can come to falomo station if you want to see your sisterâ€
They zoomed off. Oh my God!
There was me, a round table, a lady inspector and this tall inspector. The only light was the one that shone down my head. Here I was, in a cell for the murder of Gbolahan Williams, A.K.A Willie Willie.
â€œI was in my house; I came in at about that time and went straight to bedâ€
â€œWho was with you, who can attest to your whereabout?â€
â€œMy mother and sistersâ€ I swallowed. With the tug of war about the will, would this people I mentioned protect me? This is what happened with the will;
Barrister Tochukwu had come to the house accompanied by my Aunt Nike after close of work. She had gone to him and demanded that the will be read.
His reason for delay could not be explained, it was my fatherâ€™s wish to see that a part of the will be concealed until a certain time. He showed us a letter to prove this.
Apparently, it involved some other people and his interest was being protected by some assigned professionals with a drawn contract under the supervision of Barrister Tochukwu.
My father had left me our house in Ikoyi, the one we all lived in. He had a flat in 1004 and he left that to the twins. He had died with some millions of naira left in his account; he shared it amongst the twins and me, 50 percent for me and 50 for the twins. He also shared his shares the same way amongst us. He asked Aunty Nike and me to oversee the outcome of the un-read will when it was ready. He left Iya Shalewa a letter. She didnâ€™t open it.
The house in Magodo went to me with a letter to accompany it. He had 4 no. of flats in Ikeja, one flat was for me, one for Iya Shalewa, the two for the twins. It was a wrap after this, the twins were speechless.
Kehinde started to shout â€œhow can he leave most of this things to Shalewa, mummy, this is so unfair, daddy left you only a flat and a letter? He should have left it all to her na, after she killed himâ€¦this is so unfairâ€¦I always knew you were his favouriteâ€ she stood up â€œthank God mummy didnâ€™t pick you as her favourite, maybe you would have killed her tooâ€
I laughed at her childishness and got up to leave â€œwell, itâ€™s hard for a woman who isnâ€™t really a childâ€™s mother to pick another womanâ€™s child over her ownâ€
â€œHa, Shalewaâ€ aunty Nike shouted.
I saw Iya Shalewa open her mouth. The twins looked at each other in complete confusion.
With this,I excused myself and Â went to get ready for Femiâ€™s soiree. Iyalaya wan mehn!
They let me go. They checked my alibi with my family and they attested to it. I picked up my phone and called Femi.
â€œBaby, where are you?â€ I asked
He was all messed up. He couldnâ€™t talk. His mum was on her way from the states. I felt a pang of guiltâ€¦if onlyâ€¦if I had notâ€¦
I started to cry.
â€œTell me where you are Femi, I need to talk to you, I need to see youâ€.
â€œNot now Shalewa, I canâ€™tâ€
And with this, he hung up.
Omoyeniâ€™s call came in immediately he hung up.
â€œShalewa, what is going on, Taiwo called meâ€
I confessed everything to Omoyeni.
â€œDonâ€™t repeat anything you said to me to anyone, Iâ€™ll see you in a bitâ€
Taiwo had come to pick me. We drove home in silence. I arrived to see Iya Shalewa waiting at the door. Aunty Nike had called 100 times. Iâ€™m not exaggerating. She had returned to Akure.
I wish I had notâ€¦I couldnâ€™t stop myself from crying.
â€œShalewaâ€ iya shalewa called out.
I wept like a child.
â€œIâ€™m sorryâ€ she said â€œI tried to be the best mother, I tried not to let you notice, until your father died, I blamed you for itâ€¦â€ She started to cry.
I wasnâ€™t in the right frame of mind so I couldnâ€™t listen to her, was this a ploy to get everything dad left me? I walked away into my room and started to try Femi again.
I picked up my car keys and drove to his house.
Miss Agedoâ€™s car was parked outside.
I stood by the gate and rang the bell, his gateman told me he didnâ€™t want to see anyone.
â€œBut you let her inâ€ I said pointing to Miss Agedoâ€™s car.
He closed the gate and left me staring at the high walls.
I went back into my car and waited for a while. I saw Femi come out holding Miss Agedoâ€™s hand. The tall inspector was with them. I bent down and waited for them to disappear. I started to panic. Should I run?
I went back home to pack some things. The twins and Iya Shalewa sat quietly as if someone had died.
â€œWhat is it?â€ I asked
â€œI looked back to see the inspector and 2 policemen sitting on the dining table.
â€œShalewa Benson, you are under arrest for the murder of Gbolahan Williams, anything you say will be used against you in the courtâ€.