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A True Friend. (Short Story/Thelma Asks)

Tayo is your closest friend but more than a friend to you, Tayo is family. Your parents died when you were very little and Tayo's parents took you in and you grew up as siblings. You're not married and you have no children, and even after all these years Tayo is the closest thing you have to family. 

One morning just as you're getting ready for work Tayo rushes into your house in a frenzy, sweating profusely. 

"My husband, my home, my children. I will lose them. I will lose them all if you don't help me"

"What happened Tayo?"

"You know that man that was killed? The one in all the papers?"

"Yes. What about him?", you ask

"He was my lover. We've been having a clandestine affair for months now"

"Your lover? But Tayo, you're married, you're a good Christian, you're..."

"I know, I know. That's why I need your help"

"How?", you ask

"I was with him the day he died. The police will come with a warrant for my arrest soon. Someone saw me driving into his house the day he died. But I left him in bed that morning. Someone else must have gone there when I left"

"Jesus Tayo!...... How do I come in?", you ask after a brief silence. 

"When I go to court I would need an alibi. My husband can never know about the affair. It will kill him and ruin our home. I love my husband and children so much. When I go to court I want you to be my alibi. I want you tell the court that I was here all through that day and left at night". 

"But that's perjury. And wouldn't that make me an accomplice? If things don't go well I would end up in jail Tayo. I would end up behind bars for a very very long time. And if I ever come out my life would be as good as over." 

"You're all I have. I have no one else to turn to. If you fail me now I could spend the rest of my life in prison. I would lose my family, my children, my husband, everything I have, everything I've worked for. And I did not even kill him. I had no reason to. He was a good man, he gave my husband a job and saved my family from poverty. He was going to give my children scholarships and send them abroad. Why would I have killed him? Please save me, save my home. The future of my children depends on you. Please save my family, save my life. You're my only hope. Please be my alibi" Tayo is now on her knees, crying into her hands. 

What do you say next?


  1. Hia! Thelma let me think. Brb.

  2. Hmmmm, this one is a tough one o. Very tough. If I am living in Nigeria, I'd probably help my friend, knowing that Nigerian Police are not thorough, I'd also get a private eye to find the killer for me, bbut if it's abroad. I'd not do any such, knowing the truth would eventually prevail, but I'd be helping my friend every step of the way to ensure she gets justice. CEO

  3. Hmmmm, this one is a tough one o. Very tough. If I am living in Nigeria, I'd probably help my friend, knowing that Nigerian Police are not thorough, I'd also get a private eye to find the killer for me, bbut if it's abroad. I'd not do any such, knowing the truth would eventually prevail, but I'd be helping my friend every step of the way to ensure she gets justice. CEO

  4. LOL. Just like this Anon said, in Naija i'll definitely help her ONLY if I Trust her to be telling the truth oh.
    But outside Naija, i'll find her a good lawyer, pay the lawyer if I have to, Beg her husband if the truth ever came out & help her kids in whatever way I can!!!

  5. Ha! This is a tough one really, a damn hard spot to be in. If someone saw her drive in truly then there must be concrete evidence or how else could they have been able to trace her? I would try convince her to come clean about her being at that scene maybe add that we were there together for a meeting of some sort to shield her from husband's fury. It's hard!

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    1. Lol. New Dawn you meannnn!

    2. Ahahahaha, ehn! I have had few bad experiences that made me to realize that there is nothing like my friend or brother when it comes to trouble! Esp involving the law!
      The bible says we should not meddle into matters that does not concern us, its like holding a dog by the ears!
      What happens when you hold a dog by the ears? YOU GET BITTEN!

  7. hmmm....i just might do it o *Thinking #peeandpaperBlog

  8. Me I won't do it o, the risk is to high biko, the sacrifice she's asking for is just too much

  9. Me I won't do it o, the risk is to high biko, the sacrifice she's asking for is just too much

  10. Hmmm. Tough one. We would have to compromise eg lets tell the court that I spoke to you on that day and you said you were in church or something, but not in my house, and no I didn't see you. But at least that should be enough to create reasonable doubt.

  11. I will help her but since someone saw me drive into the house, we might need to accept we were there to probably sell or supply something to him. If someone saw you, you cant just deny not being there.... but na wa ooo

  12. I won't do it, (and it's selfish of her to ask me for such favour abeg) but I will stand by her all through the period of the trial and help her smooth things over with her husband.

  13. Tough one............... In a state of frenzy, I hope I don't do it. I would rather the truth be told, and help her get justice, pacify her husband and children and all what not. If we both lie and it doesn't go down well (which is what typically happens), the consequences will be (are always) grave(r).

  14. I'm definitely not getting involved. It's too risky, if she's too ashamed to let her hubby find out, she can't be that ashamed to confess her sins to ''our'' parents. I won't give her a straight answer, I will let her know the gravity of what she's asking me to do and advice that we talk to mum or dad. Make dem sef do alibi, na so I go cornerly comot myself but offer every other form of assistance or support. For Gods' sakes, what if the person that saw her drive in has proof?

    1. Your suggestion makes sense. Personally i don't think I would do as she asks, 9ja police or not, cos things lik this have ways of coming back to bite u in the ass and when it does u become the bad person. Imagine if the husband eventually finds out the truth; he may forgive his wife and mother of his children but you would be dead to him and probably to most of the people u were trying to protect her from by telling d lie. All i can offer is advice and steer you toward way that may help but not to the point of putting my head under the axe for u (cos dats the way i see this request)


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