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Copper John – Season 1 – Episode 4

episode 4

Their hearts saddened as he stepped out of the bush pointing his

gun at them, they recognized him instantly, he was one of Bison’s

men, he made a whistling sound and two other men came out

holding swords, make una no even try run or else I go shoot una

leg comot for una body, the man said in a deadly serious tone, na

una go dey allow make Bison para for us abi? una own don finish

today, he continued, oya in a straight line the second man

ordered harshly, they dared not disobey men with swords and

guns, ironically the lined up according to their height with Becky

in front followed by Joy then John was behind her after him was

Tomiwa then TJ was the last on the queue being the tallest, two

men stood behind them while the other one who was holding the

gun lead the way……………………….. Thousands of kilometers

away, Mr Adeboye was in his sitting room sipping his red wine

from his glass cup, he was a little worried because his only son,

John was expected from Enugu the previous day, he had read in

the morning paper how 9 people were found shot dead in Enugu

state, he had dialled John’s number several times the previous

day and even that morning, it was time to take action, he could

not just sit there and do nothing, just then Kemi his wife came to

the sitting room and greeted him, she seemed less concerned

about John’s whereabouts, he knew she disliked John but he

didn’t know it was up to that extent, he hissed as she walked

away, he stood up, picked his car keys and set out

………………………………………………… John and his friends had walked for

about 15 minutes with their abductors, he had never killed

anybody in his life before but he could swear he was going to kill

these men with the slightest chance he had, they had threatened

their lives enough, he remembered the fighting skills he had been

taught when he was at the NYSC camp ………….. The DPO sat in

his office in deep thought, that morning was not a good one for

him because he just got a call from the commissioner of police

who threatened to sack him if the criminals who killed those 9

people which the TV news and newspaper broadcasted were not

arrested, he had been receiving reports of kidnapping in the

community and now was the time to

act ………………………………. The man who held the gun

suddenly stopped and said ‘my guys wait I wan piss’ , John was

alert, now was his chance, he looked back at TJ who understood

him, using his hand to signal to TJ he counted down with his

fingers 5,4,3 he was ready to die trying 2,1

The birds in the forest flew away at the sound of the gunshot, the

first one was followed by two quick ones, John and his friends

la!d motionless on the ground, John looked up and saw a gun

pointing at his face, he raised his head more to study the person

who had a gun to his face, no shoes, Dane gun and the man had

a sack around his neck, John concluded that he was definitely a

hunter, but at that period his name had been changed from

hunter to hero as he was their saviour, the hunter had shot their

abductors within the blink of an eye, they stood up slowly, John

looked around to check if any of them were hurt, he didn’t know

whether to hug the hunter or prostrate for him, he had rescued

them from the hands of death, they all thanked the hunter for his

help as if he had given them 20 million naira each, the hunter

replied them and said no worry my children, he went on to

narrate how his one of his daughters had been kidnapped by

those wicked men, TJ looked back and saw one of the men

struggling to reach for his gun, with an anger that he had not

shown for a long time, he stamped his foot into the man’s neck,

killing him instantly, they all stared at TJ in awe, except John, he

had seen TJ portray that kind of anger before, the last time he

saw such anger was when TJ was sent out of the examination

hall by one of his lecturers, that time TJ had reacted by breaking

both side mirrors of the lecturer’s car, he knew TJ too well, for

someone who joked most of the time, TJ had a horrible anger no

one would wish to witness, my children where una dey come

from and where una dey go? the hunter asked them, Tomiwa then

narrated their ordeal in the hands of the kidnappers and their

underwater adventure to the hunter who didn’t seem surprised

but just nodded his head slowly and said okay make una follow

me, the didn’t hesitate much, he had just saved their lives and

earned a little trust from them, at least he had just saved their

lives, he lead them through a different path, they walked for 10

minutes and began to wonder where he was taking them to, as if

he was reading their minds, he told them that he was taking them

to his house, from there he would take them to town the

following morning, he introduced himself as Okeke, he was a

hunter as they would have noticed, they walked for another 10

minutes before arriving at the hunter’s house, the house was

made from mud, Tomiwa couldn’t have expected better, as they

approached the house, a young boy ran out and said papa

welcome, he introduced them to his son Obinna, where is ya

mother? he asked the little boy, she has gone to the farm, the boy

replied, just then a beautiful girl who was around 17 years old

came out from the backyard, welcome papa she said softly, the

hunter replied her and introduced them to his first daughter

Chinelo, John saw TJ focusing on the girl like a lion focusing on

its prey, TJ looked at John who gave him a stern look, he knew

John meant hands off, the hunter ordered his daughter to prepare

food for their guest, he then lead them into the house and asked

them to sit down, 20 minutes later Chinelo walked in with their

food, it was Akpu and ogbonna soup with antelope meat, they

started devouring their food immediately it was dropped in front

of them, nothing like forming, even Joy who had never eaten any

Nigerian staple food before eat her akpu like a pro, Tomiwa was

the first to finish his food, they washed their hands and drank

water from a bowl made from calabash, they thanked the hunter

or his hospitality and then they relaxed, they all slept and woke

up 3 hours later, by then the hunter’s wife had returned, she

greeted them and offered them oranges, after they had eaten the

oranges they went out to join the hunter who was by the fireside,

they began to tell tales by the fireside as the moon smiled on

them, they later went inside to sleep, the hunter’s wife offered

them 4 wrappers for them to cover themselves, she apologized

for the shortage as that was all she had, Tomiwa, TJ and Becky

grabbed theirs quickly and went to sleep, leaving one wrapper for

John and Joy, John told Joy to use the wrapper as he could cope

without a wrapper, Joy smiled and suggested they share the

wrapper together, she winked at him and he got the memo, they

la!d side by side under the last wrapper and John put his hand

over her and smiled in his sleep, the girl he loved was in his arms.


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