I knew they were up to no good. I knew I should have stayed up, but my eye lids were just too heavy.  It was one of those unfortunate times when my body joined in on a grand conspiracy against me.

What ticked me off? Yes. The way they knocked at the gate. Their knock was hurried yet persistent. And aside from the landlady, I was the only tenant left in the compound. Tenants are not known to hang around when the Lagos afternoon sun is at its peek. So, rather than drag my body off the bed, I chose to let the body decide for itself. Yes, it chose to sleep. It shut down just as I heard the landlady open the gate and the men announce their presence. “Ati de o.”

I knew they were up to no good. When I woke up I was sure. The house was in darkness. The stupid NEPA people came to cut the light.

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