Murder At St. Lucas Hospital 8

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Sgt. Victor Ebiowei was in the office of his D.P.O trying to convince him of the merits of the case they were framing against Veronica. A number of influential people had called the man to ask him to squash the case. Barr. Obi kept finding people who were higher up than he was. Superintendent Jang was a fair man most of the time. He also believed that opportunity comes but once. If he had to tread on a few toes to make a couple of millions, so be it. After all, a young life was involved.

“What about the autopsy result?” he asked.

“Sir, I heard it is not yet ready. I don’t even trust them. They are all colleagues. Let them not come and lie that the boy had ebola virus when I know he was very healthy,”Victor rasped.

“Ebola?”

“These doctors are very united,” he defended.

“You have to build an airtight case. With that Barr. Obi involved, we have to be very careful. Let’s obtain a subpoena for that autopsy report. From there, we can build our case.”

“Yes, sir,”Victor replied, rose and saluted smartly. Jang dismissed him.

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Perez and Abel were sprawled on the floor of their sitting room playing a game on their play station. Suddenly, Perez’s phone rang. It was their lawyer, Shittu.

“Howdy mate!,”Perez greeted.

“Good news man,” he responded.

“Yeah? Spill.”

“I heard your cousin was arrested for murder.”

“What! How come?”

“Apparently, a patient died under her watch and his parents are not taking it lightly. She managed to get Barr. Obi to get her off the hook but I hear they are cooking up a big mess of a case. Her face is going to be all over the news. It’s gonna get ugly, man,”he gloated.

Perez released a shout of triumph as he pumped his fist in the air.

“That’s what I’m talking about. We got her!”

“If she doesn’t go down, she will at least lose her licence. Whatever the case, we are going to file for a reversal of the will citing her obvious incompetence or even criminality. I think we have this one in the bag, guys.”

“You get your ‘lawyering’ on, mate. We’ll just wait for our money to start rolling in,”he ended the call.

Abel rose and gave him a hug. They were overjoyed that they woukd soon be free from their financial troubles. At the moment, they were neck-deep in debt. If they didn’t get a breakthrough soon, they would have to flee Nigeria with their creditors screaming curses behind them. That was not an exciting prospect in any way.

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Matron Ngwanu and Dr. Korede were in the consulting room discussing the events of the past week. There were no patients and Veronica was busy with the accountant. The matron was sitting in a chair that barely contained her huge frame, leaning her elbows on the desk. Dr. Korede had his feet on the table while he leaned back in the chair and crossed both arms above his head.

“I wonder what she is going to do now: That small girl who wants to be a doctor,” Matron Ngwanu was saying.

“Leave that rat. She has not seen anything yet. In her next life, she will reject any offer that will cause her to usurp a man’s authority. Rubbish! ” he spat.

“O di egwu! A girl that was not yet born when I went to nursing school, to now come and be dishing out orders? Hian! Do you know she was just talking to me rudely yesterday?”

“Imagine!”

“That I came late: she even threatened to fire me. Does she know how long I have been here? Dem no born am well*,” she cursed.

“Ngwanu baby! I trust you,” Dr. Korede hailed her, smiling in glee.

She preened and shrugged proudly. “Na small pikin dey worry am*”

“Let her go and rest in kirikiri abeg. We run things, things don’t run us!” Dr. Korede boasted.

“Yes O! Soon, we will have the place to ourselves. Even those junkie sons of oga cannot throw us out.” Dr. Korede chuckled as she rose and left with an exaggerated swagger.

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Chapter 6

Veronica’s mom, Mrs. Metu, was discussing with her daughter on phone. The family had rallied around her during the past week and called up all their contacts that could help in any way. Her father found an old classmate who knew Sgt. Victor’s mother. The man offered to get her to appeal to her son.

Someone else offered to connect them to the Inspector general of police (IGP). Yet another asked them to bring money for him to get the case thrown out. Barr. Obi was helping them to distinguish between fraudsters and the genuine helpers.

“Adanne ya (my daughter), this case is a spiritual attack. I have given your number to a very powerful pastor. They say when he prays, fire comes out of his mouth. He said you have to do a 7-day-fast, sow a seed in faith, then do midnight naked prayer for 3 nights. After that, they will come and beg your forgiveness,” Mrs. Metu was saying.

“Naked prayer? Which one is that?” Veronica asked.

“You don’t go outside, you do it in your room. At midnight, you undress and stand in the middle of your room. You raise your hands and shout “Father! Let all my enemies die by fire!” In fact, the pastor has a prayer book he will send to you. The one I use is called ‘177 prayers against spiritual abortion’. It is very powerful.”

“Hmm, Mom, you know I don’t believe in all these…”

“I have already bought his anointed handkerchief, olive oil and prayer CD. The book was out of stock. I will send the items through Ekenedilichukwu transport to you. The devil cannot steal what God gave to you.”

“Mom, sometimes, I wonder if I should have accepted this hospital from Uncle Nigel. Maybe he should have given it to his P-boy and Abe,” Veronica rubbed her nose thoughtfully.

“Nigel told me he would leave that hospital to you, years ago. You did not ask him for it and you certainly did not ask him to deny his sons. Let them get their lives in order first. You don’t owe anyone any apologies. He is my brother and he did what he felt was best.”

“Would you support dad if he did such a thing? ”

“Is any of your brothers a drug addict? A na-ekwu nke di mkpa, gi a na-ekwu ihe ozo! (I am talking about an important issue and you are trivialising it). Ada, don’t let that hospital slip out of your grasp. Did you hear me?”

Veronica could picture her mother holding her ear with her thumb and first finger and smiled. “Yes, mom.”

“God who gave you palm kernel will also give you the teeth to crack it.”

“Amen.”

“You know Bobby is going for his masters in the UK. We need all the money we can get to fund his education. That your father’s house in the village is still unfinished and Charles is getting married this year.”

“I know.”

“You know? You know? Then how do you propose to pay your own share of all these expenses? That your government job where they were either owing or you were on strike, is that your hope? ” Mrs. Metu sneered and made a hissing noise.

“Mom!”

“Gini? (What?). Just expect the call from that pastor. This is a small temptation. My God is bigger than that man.”

“Yes, Mom. Let me go and see patients.”

“Ehe, Ada, take care of them. But…wait O, that Buchi boy kwanu? (How about Buchi?)”

“Fine.”

“O na a kula band azu? (Is he slipping out of your grasp?)”

“No, ma.”

“You had better be sharp. That boy is a doctor and he is fine. All those nurses in Abuja will not let him rest. Plan a visit or something.”

“Yes, ma. I’ll call you later, ma. Bye.”

Veronica hurriedly ended the call before her mom dug further. She sighed and leaned back in her chair.

Barr. Obi had met with Sgt. Victor, who asked for a compensation of 25 million naira plus his legal costs. Veronica was so angry that she forbade Barr. Obi from negotiating but he ignored her. The wisdom of the elderly demanded that you sip hot water carefully. He did not want the whole ordeal getting to the press as he felt it would be bad for the hospital. For this reason, he kept negotiations on, trying to get them to accept a smaller amount of money.

Mayen’s behaviour was most surprising to Veronica. She had tried to appeal to her better nature, hoping as the primary caregiver, she could get the case thrown out. At first, she wept on the phone as though remorseful. Later, she changed her phone number. Veronica tried to get in touch with Ekemini who had followed her to the hospital the day the boy was injured but could not. She was told that the lady was a key witness who was claiming that it was Veronica that knocked Edet down and not a motorcycle rider.

Barr. Obi got people to go to the settlement, called White water, where Mayen lived. They interviewed a number of people who witnessed what happened that day. A few told the truth but when they were asked if they would come forward and give their testimony in court, they declined. Sgt. Victor had hired a lawyer who was young and ambitious. The lawyer was pushing hard for the case to go to court but Barr. Obi saw through his antics.

He knew that going to court would be disastrous as the case could linger for years with them eventually getting it thrown out. The only snag was that it would embarrass them and turn people away from the hospital. If Veronica did not lose her licence, she would certainly lose credibility. *************************************************************************************

To be continued

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28 thoughts on “Murder At St. Lucas Hospital 8

    hrh7 said:
    July 11, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Where do I even start from. Oh yes, let Jeff not be discouraged oh! I want happy endings! I didn’t realise Ekemini’s false testimony would grow into this hydra- headed monster.
    Anyway, I trust that OUR GOD IS ABLE TO DELIVER US FROM ALL EVIL.
    How are you, Dr. N?

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 11, 2015 at 2:24 am

      I’m fantastic, thanks.
      Yeah…hydra-headed indeed.

        hrh7 said:
        July 11, 2015 at 2:35 am

        You’re welcome. Yes I’m still awake. Insomnia. What’s your excuse?

        drnsmusings responded:
        July 11, 2015 at 7:04 am

        Breastfeeding. Lol

        hrh7 said:
        July 15, 2015 at 4:11 am

        Forgive my flippancy. Kiss baby for me.

        drnsmusings responded:
        July 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        No offence taken

    Akpevwe said:
    July 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Ha Dr N. I just had to comment o. Veronica’s mum is funny, naked prayers that sound like my mum. Funny enough this story reminds me that they will surely gather but God will deliver us.

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 11, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Why do Nigerian mums like fire prayers, lol?

    Sue said:
    July 11, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Great start to the weekend; thanks, Dr N. Thinking about these societal injustices can be so depressing……thank God we have hope. (I hope Veronica’s breakthrough is very close oh!)
    God bless.

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Tho weeping endures for a night…
      U’re welcome

    itstamie said:
    July 11, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Lord help Victoria. Sometimes it’s heartbreaking when bad things happen to good people.

    As for the people like ekemini I usually wonder where their consciences disappear to….dont they feel anything for bearing false witnesses ?

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 11, 2015 at 9:02 am

      They justify their actions with excuses like “everyone does it” “we are poor so d rich is responsible for us” “it’s d only way out”

    Nike said:
    July 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Poor Veronica. What came to my mind after reading this is”Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all” I strongly believe that God ‘ll see her through and it will end in praise.
    Well done, Dr. N!

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 11, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Many afflictions…right.
      Thanks, Nike

    exceptionalstar said:
    July 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Korede and the Matron, I can’t wait for them to fall as pack of cards.

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 11, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Fall they have to…As all evil doers eventually will

    E' said:
    July 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Isn’t it interesting that I know every commenter? Lol. Not too sure about Sue tho lol
    Nne can’t wait for the twist that changes err’tin and give her her happy ending.

    Evul pipu on ALL sides!!!
    Pray, where’s my Christian HR(?) dude who’s trippin for her ooooo. Maybe he’s our shining armored knight.

    Well done mama. I celebrate you and the God who has blessed you richly with this gift.

    Love,
    E’

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      U have to tell me more about the commenters O, lol. Sue’s my bff.
      Yeah, I guess everyone is waiting for d twist too
      Love ya right back

    E' said:
    July 11, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Oh the last two I dunno lol. Didn’t see their comment earlier.
    Oh and I forgot… Ngwanu??? Hahaha. Nice name choice.

    Anonymous Chick said:
    July 12, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Ada 🙂

    Mothers are pretty special. That line about powerful pastor had me smiling.

    I’m still pinching myself that it’s all fiction as this is not even funny at all!

    All is well that ends well 🙂

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Nigerian moms are d best, lol

    miss Pynk said:
    July 12, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Dr N. I am holding my phone hard in suspense. Are you sure you shouldnt be writing a hospital soap opera or book at this point? Please I will buy I will watch. I cant belive Dr Korede is salty like that and Ekemini is lying so badly. All these crazy people.

    http://www.pynk360.com

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      It is a book. I am only sharing it with u all cos I’m not deep like Chimamanda. I need a lil pat on d back to keep writing. Else, I’ll just crawl into my shell and watch movies.

    Fola said:
    July 13, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Hmmmmmm……..No much words. But I indeed noticed that Veronica does not murmur (at least so far). I’m proud of her.

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 13, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Yeah, she is a spirit-controlled woman. She takes her complaints to God. Also, she has a strong friend in Toyin who stands in d gap for her

    chris said:
    July 14, 2015 at 6:06 am

    wow! that was great.cant wait for the next chapter.i hope veronica is vindicated soon enough! anyways, am i the only one who thinks dr korede and the matron have a hand in the boys death?? please write soon dr N. i love all your stories! more grease to your elbow and God bles you!

    http://www.thatghlife.blogspot.com

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 14, 2015 at 7:20 am

      God bless u too.
      And thanks for d compliment

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