By Victory Oduneye
A man identified as Chukwuma Ezeh has shared his story on how a woman who didn’t know him saved him from the hands of Nigerian Policemen and eventually extortion and imprisonment.
Disclosing this experience on his Twitter page, he identified his experience as the story of true love.
“Exactly two years ago I was in a bus heading to my apartment in oba Anambra state, near where I had just established a welding company. I took one of the normal commuter buses.
“On reaching metallurgical institute along owerri road onitsha we met a police checkpoint. On a normal day, the driver would give the policemen their regular N50 bribe & we’d be on our way. That day tho, the policeman had eyes on something else that would yield much more money. My carton!.
“I was traveling with 2 bags and a carton that contained my old stereo speaker. I was sitting directly behind the driver so the carton was in front of me and the bags below.
Policeman: “Na who get this carton?”
Me: “Na me”
Policeman: “wetin dey inside?”
Me: “my stereo speaker”
Policeman: “Where’s the receipt?”
Me: “I dont have it here with me”
Policeman: “Get down! Bring that speaker”
*takes it to the police van.
Policeman: “Where did you steal it?”
Me: “Sir it’s my speaker, I’m relocating from Onitsha to oba that’s why…”
Policeman: “Shut up! I said where did you steal it?”, “Enter motor, you are going to explain yourself at the station”
“Three other policemen already jumped into the van to take me to the station. They turned on the ignition immediately. Everything was happening so fast. I was stunned, confused & in shock.
“There were three angry policemen ready to take me to the station and I knew for sure I wasn’t going to come out unscathed. The scariest part of it all was that I was going to pay for some utilities at my new welding shop so I had quite a substantial amount of money on me.
“If I had gotten to the station lord knows what would become of me that day. Nigerians will understand.
“I turned to the bus to seek help from my fellow commuters. Everyone faced their front. “Go & settle with them” the driver said to me. Beckoning on me to carry my remaining bags in the bus so they could be on their way. I was legit lost at this point. But I couldn’t blame him or the passengers. People have ended up seriously hurt or even dead for trying to help someone like me in that situation.
“But here’s where it gets interesting.
“Amongst the apathetic passengers of that bus who watched on as the police wanted to carry me away, there was a woman. This woman.
“She came down from the bus, walked over to the policemen and introduced herself.
“Good day Sirs. My name is Ogo Aniekwe & I work with with ABS”
“That’s the state’s official broadcasting network & she had her ID to prove so. The policemen became nervous.
“If you like record this we don’t care, we are taking him to the station with us.” one of them shouted.
“He’s my brother, and this is not enough reason to detain him or take him to the station. Please, forgive him for not having the receipt, he’d be careful next time”
“They tried to intimidate her too. Telling her since she’s interested in this case she should also get onto the van and come to the station with us.
“She stood her ground.
“She boldly but respectfully challenged them.
“Pointing out to the chief sergeant that she knew him from somewhere and mentioned there. The policemen started calming down.
“Here was a senior government worker who could well put them in serious trouble.
“They reluctantly let me go.
“I’d like to add that this story is not trying to bash or undermine the Nigerian police force. There are indeed some good, honest policemen amongst them but the bad eggs, like the ones who tried to extort me above out number them thus giving the force a bad name.
“We got back on the bus with sighs of relief from everyone. “These people would have really robbed you oo. Had you reached that station.” one said.
“They did it to me, I spent such and such amount before I was freed” another said.
“I wasn’t even paying attention to them…
“My heart that flew away a couple of minutes ago was back & beating normally. I was so relieved!
“I was very thankful to the woman who saved me & offered to pay her T-fare in appreciation. As she spoke about other incidences of police harassment I thought her voice was familiar.
“Seems like I know you from somewhere before ma. Are you a pastor? Christ Embassy Fegge branch?” I asked.
“Yes. I am”
“Ha! I know you ma!”
Turns out our paths have crossed before. I was invited to the church where she was an assistant pastor the year before.
“I had accepted the invite because I heard Christ Embassy has a lot of fine women. Umu Miyanki!
“So I went to see If I could catch some fish (Don’t look at me like that we all hoe’d at some point in our lives).
“I knew her. But she didn’t know me yet she decided to put her neck on the line to save me. To sacrifice her own safety & well-being just to make sure a stranger was not exploited. What greater love is there than this? In appreciation I promised to be in church the next sunday.
“And I did. It was a beautiful service. I stepped out and gave the testimony of how she saved me to the church and everyone rejoiced with us. She would later introduce me to her senior pastor and we got acquainted.
“Two years later we are still very good friends & she’s the only who spams me on whatsapp with “Raphsody of realities” devotional everyday without getting blocked.
“I am an irreligious man, but that sacrificial act from this pastor woman two years ago touched the deepest parts of my soul & showed me what true christianity & indeed all religions should be all about. Love your neighbor, yes even people with different religions, sexualities belief systems, tribes or ethnicity, etc as yourself.
“This lady’s kindness teaches us a valuable lesson; If we as a people all had more compassion & empathy and the desire to help others even at our own inconvenience, then the world will definitely be a better place. 💙💙
“It doesn’t matter how small your efforts are Just keep loving. Keep helping. and keep touching lives in your own little ways.
“Thank You Mrs Aniekwe.🧡 ” He narrated.