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Saved By Sin – Season 1 Episode 8

“No, that’s not mine, I wasn’t involved in any
form of malpractice” Gabriel tried to explain
himself to the attendant. “I wasn’t expecting you
to say you were involved in the first place, we
know your types” the attendant let out a laugh, a
mockery laugh. “You guys will be…..” she was
still saying but Israel who had been quiet all
these while suddenly interrupted her. “Shut up!!!”
Israel shunned her, “He wasn’t involved in it”
Israel shouted at her, she was surprised, was this
not the same Israel who had been treating her
like a Queen before now? What suddenly came
over him? “Gabriel, let’s leave here, I think there
might be a problem somewhere” Israel drew his
friend up. In as much as Gabriel tried to conceal
the tears that were already forming in his eyes,
they still fell. As he walked out that Café that
day, he had tears on his cheeks and he didn’t
bother to wipe them off despite the number of
people staring at him. It was unusual to see a
guy of his age crying in public, those who saw
him continued to stare at him until he was out of
sight, Nigerians. “Israel, believe me, I wasn’t
involved in any form of malpractice” Gabriel said
to his friend the moment they entered his
compound, “I know that Gabriel, I know you were
not involved in it, I think there is a miss up
somewhere which needs to be rectified” Israel
patted him. Together with Israel, Gabriel walked
into the main house, his dad and mom were in
the sitting room discussing. “Why is your face
like that?” his mom asked him getting up slowly
from the couch, “I was accused of malpractice in
my Jamb examination” he said and his Dad
sprang up immediately, “You were accused or
you were involved?” his dad asked him, Gabriel
opened his mouth wide in shock. “That was too
harsh” Mrs. Helen turned to her husband. “Mom
believe me, I wasn’t involved in it, mom please
believe me” Gabriel begged holding his mom’s
hand. “I believe you son, I know you won’t do
such a thing” she rubbed her hand on his head,
“we can’t be so sure “his dad interrupted, “Get
ready, tomorrow, we will both go to jamb office
at Lekki, we will confirm there” he added and
walked away. “I trust you son, I trust you” his
Mom said to him as she walked briskly to the
room to talk to her husband. “Gabriel, I think I
will be going now, take heart bro” Israel patted
him, he had been observing the whole drama all
these while. “Thanks Israel” Gabriel hugged his
friend, “Thank you so much” he added as he
released him and allow him leave. The moment
Israel left the sitting room, Gabriel buried his
hands in his palms and shed hot tears, first, his
girlfriend Nkechi broke up with him and now,
Jamb is accusing him of what he knows nothing
of, it has been a really bad month for him.
Their sitting room wasn’t as furnished as those
of high classed people, but nevertheless it was
very much comfortable. There is a big center
table at the center of the sitting room, it was
surrounded with couches, couches of different
type. There is a small dinning corner in a corner
of the sitting room, it was made up of a plastic
reading table surrounded with four plastic reading
chairs, a typical dining table. An old black and
white television could also be seen in the sitting
room, it got spoilt a long time ago, it was just
there to occupy space. Queen and her mom sat
opposite each other, the only thing separating
them was the center table. “Mama, we have been
staring at each other for the pass ten minutes
now, have you forgotten you called me to have a
word with me?” Queen asked her mother, “I know
I called you” her Mom started, “I want us to talk
about your life” she added. “What is wrong with
my life?” Queen asked her, “Everything is wrong
with your life Queen, is these how other girls of
your age behave?” her mom asked her angrily,
Queen only smiled. “Mama, those other girls
haven’t seen the light” Queen told her mother as
she got up from the red couch, her mother was
sitting on the blue couch. “Queen, come back
here!!” her Mom shouted at her as she made to
walk out of the sitting room, “Mama please, leave
me alone, am sure you also haven’t seen the
light” Queen laughed and exited the sitting room.
She has obviously seen the light.
The journey to Lekki wasn’t meant to be long,
but the traffic and condition of Lagos’s road
made a journey of 30 minutes turn into one of
one hour. “This journey has taken longer than
expected” Mrs. Helen said to no one in particular,
she was with her husband and her son Gabriel,
they were all in her husband’s car heading to
Lekki, to the Jamb office. “I told you not to
follow us, we didn’t force you to come so don’t
complain” her husband smiled, “I must be
involved in anything pertaining my son’s
education” she said patting Gabriel whose head
was tinted backwards, he was lost in thought.
They got to their destination at about 20 minutes
later, the slow manner at which Mrs. Helen
walked out of the car showed that she was
exhausted, Gabriel on his side didn’t look like he
was tired, he was looking vibrant and walking like
he was about to jump on someone for a fight.
After series of questioning by some of the staffs
there, they were finally directed to an Office
occupied by a fat man. “Good morning” Mr.
Jason greeted the fat man, the fat man
murmured some sort of reply. “We are here on an
issue concerning my son, he was accused to be
involved in some sort of malpractice” Mr. Jason
said while the fat man looked up to them for the
first time. “What do you want me to do, if he is
accused of examination malpractice then he
certainly indulged in it” The fat man said. “If I
was involved in examination malpractice, then the
board wouldn’t have uploaded my result for me
to see in the first place, I was just about printing
it out when the notification came up that I was
involved in it” Gabriel explained, the expression
on the man’s face showed he was paying
attention. “What was your Jamb score?” the man
asked him, “320” Gabriel said as he opened his
phone to show the man a screenshot of his
result, he had actually asked Israel to screenshot
it and send it to his phone the previous day when
they had initially checked the result through
Israel’s phone. His parent were shocked, he
never told them he performed so well in the
exam, he only told them he was accused of
malpractice. “I won’t lie to you guys, from what
this boy had said and from this evidence he had
provided, it is obvious that his result was sold”
the man said. Mrs. Helen placed her both hand
on her head, Mr. Jason didn’t react, he only
stared at the man expecting him to continue.
“From what he had said, the result was sold at
the exact time he was about to print out the
result, he only missed by some seconds. That
was why the result first came up and after some
minutes, it showed the notification” the man
explained and Mr. Jason nodded this time, “Is
there any remedy to this?” Mr. Jason asked, the
man nodded slightly and took a quick glance
round his office, he then bent his head towards
them. “You know, this is Nigeria, there is always
a remedy. You can as well buy someone else’s
result” the man laughed, Mr. Jason also laughed
and shook hands with the man, “Now you are
talking” Mr. Jason laughed, “let us proceed with
the transaction” Mr. Jason added still laughing,
“No dad” Gabriel interrupted, “I know how I felt
yesterday, I know how I felt when I was accused
of such despite my hard work, I won’t want any
student to feel the same way” Gabriel said and
got up from the chair. Truly, this is Nigeria,
everybody be criminal.

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