is yet to contact Tamuno and while she waits, she visits Akudo. Lady Mosette
also pays Caroline a visit which almost became fatal. Bode and Nkechi are
abducted at gunpoint by two masked men after leaving Caroline’s condo
(Leslie’s house) THE DAY AFTER THE ABDUCTION 7:09am
(Leslie still in her night wear sits on the kitchen island sipping hot
cocoa, while David sits on a stool facing her, sipping hot coffee)
Leslie: (sighs) I have heard you clearly. Do you have anything to say?
David: why are you acting so
strange? We are in this together,
Leslie: of course we are in this
together, which is unfortunate. However, we can’t continue seeing each other.
Tuvi has taken it to the next level and I am ready to commit myself to make it
David: so…you will marry the jerk?
Leslie: (nods) he is a nice guy. He
will be here very soon to take me to see his Pastor. I suggest you leave
David: (sighs) you can’t be serious
Leslie: I am. I have tried. Tonye
was your woman and I was comfortable being the side chick even when I was in a
relationship with Tuvi
David: But…you were cool with it
Leslie: yes. At that time and even
in her death
David: what has changed?
Leslie: Nothing…really nothing. We
just have to move on. I mean… You have a daughter now.
David: (laughs) I knew it! You are
jealous. Oh! Baby… Akudo means nothing to me
Leslie: I hear her daughter is
beautiful and looks like you
Tuvi: (frowns) I got in with my keys
David: (turns in irritation)
Tuvi: Mr. Finley
Leslie: Babe…I will be…
Tuvi: I will be in the room (he
David: (hisses) Douche bag!
Leslie: You have to leave
David: (stands) Yes… Thanks for
the coffee. Happy married life (he exits)
(Leslie’s room) 7:25am
(Tuvi comes out of the shower. Leslie sits in the bed staring at his nude body)
Leslie: (licks her lips) Get a towel and stop tempting me
Tuvi: Or you mean Mr Finley has
taken you on the kitchen counter and you are too tired to even be stimulated
Leslie: (shouts) what the f**k is
wrong with you?
Tuvi: what was he doing here so
early? (shouts) Tell me!
Leslie: It is not what you are
Tuvi: I have been able to put up
with it for five years, but I told you that the moment I decide to put a ring
on it, I won’t tolerate it
Leslie: I know! I was trying to make
Tuvi: I don’t want to see you around
him. Please respect me. Get dressed… We don’t want to keep Rev Ojo waiting
(Cokers Mansion) 8:03am
(Funmi lets in Akudo. Akudo has a sober face and look. She sits on the couch
while Funmi stands and folds her arms)
Akudo: I… I don’t know how to say
this. I was wrong to have dumped Princesa the way I did.
Akudo: I…just wanted David to know
that he has a daughter and knowing how hard he can get, I thought the best way
to go about it as to show up at your doorstep with Princesa
Funmi: okay? Princesa is with her
family no…what do you want?
Akudo: (sobs) I want to see my baby.
I miss her. I want to hold her in my arms.
Funmi: (smiles) its funny you would
say that…I mean you wanted to get rid of her so fast. It was the most
horrible thing I had ever seen. Princesa s fine and hardly misses you
(Lady Mosette enters)
Akudo: (stands) good morning ma
Funmi: (smiles) mum…good morning
Lady Mosette: (nods) morning
Funmi…please excuse us
Funmi: (nods) Okay. I will be in the
Lady Mosette: its a good thing that
you are here. I’m sure you understand hat is at stake. We will be needing your
statement again. Get prepared to go through that phase again
Akudo: I came here to take Princesa,
not to discuss that. Whatever happens in the investigation is not my business.
I won’t be here
Lady Mosette: Child, don’t make me
mad. I am terrible
(Lady Mosette’s phone rings, she answers the call and walks away)
(In front of Finley’s Touch) 8:15am
(David’s car is parked in front of his closed barbing salon. The salon
hasn’t opened since Tonye’s death. He looks at the building and smiles)
David: Finley’s touch (his phone
rings, he hesitates to answer) Hello Ginger
Ginger: (American accent) at last!
David: this is not the right time
Ginger: why have you been avoiding
my calls? Pops is sick
Ginger: he has cancer
David: Ginger I can’t do this now. I
will call you later
Ginger: Da… (he hangs up)
David: (takes a deep breath) I need
a break (his phone rings again, he answers) Hello, mum.
Lady Mosette: where are you?
David: close to the house
Lady Mosette: Get to the house fast.
Detective Sankura is off the case. Things are getting out of control
David: (tries to contain his anger)
I told you to contact the presidency! Damn it mum!
Lady Mosette: don’t talk to me like
that. Get here now…let’s re strategise. Brace up for whatever you will meet
on your arrival
David: what do you mean?
Lady Mosette: just come
(RESTORATION CHURCH, V.I) 8:55am
(REV OJO’s OFFICE)
(Leslie and Tuvi go through some of the church’s publication as Rev Ojo arrives
with a tray of coffee in white china cups to go with biscuits. He puts the tray
on the desk)
Rev Ojo: (sits on his revolving
chair and smiles) Help yourselves
Tuvi: (smiles) Thank you
Leslie: (nods) Thank you
(they pick their cups of coffee and sip)
Rev Ojo: As I was saying, the
marriage committee will meet you every Sunday, after service for just an hour.
The duration is just six weeks. You can start this Sunday
Tuvi: We are more than willing to
meet with the committee
Rev Ojo: (to Tuvi) Can I speak with Ms
Okonkwo briefly? Privately?
Tuvi: Oh! Why not? Gladly (he
stands, puts Leslie on the shoulder and exits)
Rev Ojo: (smiles) Leslie
Leslie: You are doing well for
Rev Ojo: You still look stunning
Leslie: Thank you reverend
Rev Ojo: I never forgot you
Leslie: I tried so hard to forget
you too. The scars between my thighs are a constanr reminder of the savages you
and your friends turned out. Look at the savage in a cassock trying to
officiate my wedding. Life can be so twisted!
Rev Ojo: (sighs) It was never my
intention to hurt you
Leslie: You stood and watched.
Didn’t you? Pervert!
Rev Ojo: I have chastised myself and
God has forgiven should do the same.
Leslie: (spits in his face) Rot in
hell! (stands and leaves)
(Cokers mansion) 10:09am
(Lady Mosette watch as Akudo plays with
Princesa. Funmi flips through a newspaper. The doorbell goes off and Lilly who
is in the kitchen goes to open the door. She opens the door to let in David)
Lilly: (smiles) Good morning sir
David: (takes in her features)
David: (shakes his head vigorously)
Excuse me (shoves her gently and walks into the living room) Mum… (he stops
when he spots Akudo with Princesa) What is this? What is she doing here?
Lady Mosette: I told you to brace
up. Madam wants her baby
Funmi: brother calm down…
David: (looks around) what is she
doing here! (shouts) Akudo! What do you want?
Akudo: (calmly) I miss Princesa
David: (shouts) You miss her! (he
sees a flower vase on a stool, he picks it up)
Lady Mosette: (shouts) Put that
David: (throws the vase at Akudo. It
hits Akudo in the head and Princesa falls from her hand)
(LESLIE’s HOUSE) 11:32am
(Leslie sits in a yoga position on her leather settee in the living room. Tuvi
stands in front of her)
Leslie: I have told you, I don’t want
a church wedding. I am fine with the court
Tuvi: You won’t deny me this. What
is it? Did Rev Ojo say anything that got you upset
Leslie: Look… I have decided and
I’m not going back on it!
Tuvi: Can you reason with me for
once? What is wrong?
Tuvi: So… You just want to be
Leslie: If you don’t agree with me
on this, I’m sorry we just have to end this now.
Tuvi: (shocked) Did you just say
that? Are you serious? Just like that?
Leslie: (sighs) My head is pounding.
Let’s talk tomorrow
Tuvi: don’t do this to us. Leslie
not now (he exits)
(Leslie watch him shut the door. She picks up the remote control and turn on
the TV. She go through channels and stops at channel 108)
Leslie: what is this? (she increases the volume of TV)
Paul Imole: We are at the Podington
hospital, oshodi where Miss Nkechi ibe is receiving treatment for a gunshot
wound to her thigh. Nkechi is Bode Martins fianc�e. The two were abducted last
night in front of Caroline Martins house on the island. She was found along the
Lagos Ibadan expressway by good Samaritans. The kidnappers still have Bode
Martins and contacts are yet to be established with them. This incident is
happening on the heels of the re-opening of the investigation into the death of
Tonye Martins as a new detective has been assigned to the case. Tonye Martins
died in the compound of her boyfriend � David Finley and present at the scene
were heiress to the Okonkwo fortune, Leslie Okonkwo and the relatively unknown
cook, Akudo. With me is Caroline Martins
moment for my family. Ever since the quest for justice began, we have been
under threats and I want to reach out to Bode, my brother, if you are listening
or watching this, be strong. Justice will prevail. I would also like to make a
follow me to Nkechi�s ward where she is in pains? I want Nigerians to see the
evil that has been done
ward. At the door, Caroline knocks and enters with the crew. Nkechi is in the
patient�s green gown and is startled. Caroline goes to her side and strokes her
Look at her thigh
is this a show? My baby is missing. You should be out there looking for him. They
will ki*ll him
that camera! This is not fair! Don�t touch me! (screams) get out!
Nkechi calm down. We are in this together
about Bode or anyone else. You just want to be guilt free! Well� newsflash
fool! Tonye is dead and can never come back to life
camera! She is just upset
monster! Selfish and callous woman! Bode should be your priority. Monster!
flower print gown. She has a black purse in her hand and her hair is made in a
bun. She also compliments the outfit with black sandals. Austin is on the couch
watching YouTube videos on his phone)
earphones in his ears) mama�. Are you going to the market?
a deep breath)
go see Ogadi�you know say since that dey wey Akudo friend come, she just remind
me of Ogadi and my mind no dey at rest
suppose come find you�shey she no get brain? You wan wahala yourself o
wahala myself. Till any mama die, she suppose wahala herself with her children
cook soup. If Akudo come, tell am say NEPA
bill don come o
Felicia. Maale dey come ebute metta o
say she dey come. Austin thank you (she hangs up)