Lara wept as her mother was led into the
dock, alongside Deji. Deji had to use crutches
because of her leg. Lara looked around the
court room, Tony was sitting beside her
holding baby Ngozi, Tony’s parents were
present, her father’s relatives-Baba Lagbaja
and co were there for her. Even her rescuers,
Shina and his wife Ronke were present.
“stop crying” Tony held her.
She pushed him away, he expected her to stop
crying, when her mother was about to be
Everybody rose when the Judge walked in
except Lara, she was too weak to stand.
The judge was a female, Lara watched with
keen interest as she spoke. Her father had
wanted her to become a lawyer, but there she
was without even a secondary school
certificate -courtesy of her mother.
She was deep in her thoughts when she heard
the call to the first witness, she was to go and
witness against her friend and mother, she felt
reluctant. Tony nudged her.
She stood before the court, she told them her
ordeal, carefully skipping every part that
involved her mother.
Tony gave her an unsatisfied look as she sat
She looked away, what does he expect, she
still loved her mum.
The next witness was called, Lara looked up
sharply she heard a familiar voice.
“My name is Bayo Olayemi”
Bayo? Lara gasped. She hadn’t seen nor heard
from him ever since he raided her home.
“I was paid by Funke to rob OmoLara’s home,
and To Molest her.” Bayo concluded.
Tony nudged Lara the fifteenth time, she
glared at him.
“Look” he whispered.
She looked up
“Sophia!” she said in a fierce whisper.
Lara wept all through Sophia’s statement, she
hardly heard a word.
“Please listen,” Tony told her when the Judge
was to give the sentence.
Bayo was sentenced three years, for
attempted rape and robbery.
Sophia twelve months, for arranging Lara’s
Deji was sentenced for life, with hard labour.
Funke too was sentenced life imprisonment
with HARD labour.
“No no no!” Lara jumped up.
“My mother is innocent!” she wailed
Tony held unto her firmly.
“Leave me!” she pushed him away, rushing
towards her mother.
“Don’t take my mother away, she’s innocent o!”
she screamed as the police barred her way.
She passed out as her mother was led into the
“Sorry sweerie” Tony wiped Lara’s tears with a
He sat beside her on the bed.
“You have to stop crying, you should be happy
now, all will be fine.”
“It won’t be fine!…life won’t be the same
again without my mother…she is all I have.”
“Its alright” tony patted her.
“Remember, I’m here for you, our baby is
here…my parents are here…we’re gonna be
one big family, ” he said in a cool voice..
“Big happy family?” she searched his eyes.
” yea baby! A big happy family, with little or no
enemies.” Tony smiled at her.
“Sure!” Lara managed a smile as she hugged
He was right, she’ll have a happy life after all,
no more selfish mother, Sophia out of the way,
Deji cleared; there’s nothing more to fear.
Her FAITH in God made her dream a reality.
She had faith that her husband would turn to
good, that she would have a child despite his
impotency, that she would not die when she
She couldn’t help but to thank God for his
love, her faith in God turned her once
meaningless life into a meaningful one.
God’s love and grace was unquantifiable.
learn to have faith in God and God alone, in
every moment of your life.