“Well, this is what we’re going to do,” Doctor Braimah said with a steely glare around the room. “Director Bobo Dovlo, Miss Elsie Ansah, Miss Maa Abena Nyantie, Mr. Nii Lin, Mr. Atakora Nana and three other security officers are to proceed immediately on suspended indefinite leave. You would be paid monthly, but all other allowances would be suspended. Doctor Joan Kankpe will hold the position of Acting Director until investigations end. The investigation committee, led by Doctor Aidly Boamah, has two weeks to submit a report to the Board of Directors, copied Judge Akwasi Buabasah. So, from here, you’re all expected to vacate your premises and offices immediately. Thank you. Everyone dismissed.”
There was stunned incredulity in the room.
Maa Abena could barely breathe!
She couldn’t understand how it had come to this!
Suddenly she was very scared! She had parted with Kofi on the most painful note, and not being able to see him brought sudden and irrepressible pain. The fact that none of them would be around to help him and take care of him was very terrifying indeed.
She reached out and grabbed Elsie Ansah’s arm.
“What’s going on, madam?” she asked fearfully. “Please, what’s going on?”
“This is serious o!” Nii Lin exclaimed with shock. “There’s something really, really bad going on here! Something absolutely suspicious!”
“Don’t worry, guys,” Elsie Ansah said, trying to stop her own fears. “This is a painful moment, but we must be glad. Doctor Joan Kankpe is a good woman. Kofi is in good hands. Let’s all pray that the right thing will be done for that boy.”
Everything was a blur afterwards!
The security men were on top of them everywhere, not allowing them to settle!
They were forced out of their rooms with their packed bags.
Maa Abena, Nii Lin and Elsie tried to see Kofi inside the infirmary, but the hard-faced security men would not let them. They tried calling Doctor Joan Kankpe, but her phone was switched off.
In deep distress, they were forced out of the Adada Asylum, and they drove out in Elsie’s car.
Director Bobo Dovlo looked at them from the window of his office, and he smiled grimly.
He turned away from the window as Doctor Joan Kankpe joined him.
They embraced, and kissed long and tenderly.
Bobo Dovlo then picked up a packet from his desk and handed it over to Joan Kankpe.
“Increase the dosage, darling,” he said softly. “Two ampoules a day, eight hour intervals. Should drive Kofi Kuntu pretty mad in a few days.”
“Yes, my darling!” Joan Kankpe said. “He’s done for!”
Ato Sey was exhilarated!
He had finally done it!
He had been going to the Golgotha Heights International Church Revival service for three nights in a row, just like he had promised Maa Abena in their WhatsApp chats.
He had come to the realization that he needed something, somebody, more in life than his playing ways allowed. He had not been able to tell anybody about the horrors going on in his bedroom. Nowadays he used the guest bathroom attached to the hall and had moved almost all his clothing from the bedroom to the hall.
There was something scary in the bedroom!
At night he could hear the violent movements in the room, the strange voices, the crazy sounds that scared him so much that at times he moved the student mattress to the corridor outside to sleep.
He had wanted on so many occasions to broach it to Maa Abena, but he had been scared that she might think he was going crazy.
And for Maa Abena Nyantie to think of him as mentally-imbalanced was something he just couldn’t allow. The reason was simple: he knew he had found someone rare in Maa Abena.
They had been speaking on phone, and chatting on WhatsApp, and he was simply besotted with her. She was always on his mind, and there wasn’t a second that he didn’t think about her. He wanted the perfect setting to let her know just how much important she had become to him. He had been amazed by her zeal and belief in Christianity, and her insistence that God could make everything right.
He had listened to her, and when she advised him to try and attend the revival, he had been reluctant at first. He had missed the first three days, but then he had decided to go for the evening services since he wasn’t sleeping well anyway. He had hoped to find someone to help him with the horror in his bedroom.
It had been a revelation!
The second night had been a half-night service, and when the preacher had appealed to people who wanted to accept Christ to step forward, Ato Sey had not hesitated!
He had accepted Christ, and had been baptised that dawn, and the preacher had told them they were new beings, and could do anything they wanted to do, and that they should not allow the devil to take over their lives.
He had been waiting for a chance to speak to the preacher, but when he heard he was a new creation and could take on his problems, he decided to confront whatever was in the room himself! He knew that even if a preacher came with him to help, he would always be afraid of that room, and so he decided to take it on with his new-found faith!
On the third night he reached home about thirty minutes shy of midnight.
He entered the room and put his bag on the sofa and stood staring at his bedroom door. He had locked it many days ago and put the key on a shelf in the kitchen.
He could see and hear the door rattling, as if there was something in there trying to get out. For a moment Ato was assailed by a strong terror, and then he swallowed painfully, but he steeled his nerves and began to sing one of the gospel songs he had heard at the revival, The Lord Is My Strength!
He walked to the kitchen, still singing, and got the bedroom key.
He walked back to the hall and approached the bedroom door.
Everything was quiet behind the door now, and he smiled to himself. He inserted the key, turned it twice, and slowly pushed down the handle, and pushed the door inward.
It was pitch-black inside the room, but a terrible scent assailed his nostrils, making him gasp.
And then he heard the evil voice crooning!
“The Mallam Busanga! He say yew keeked his haid! Yew keeked the Busanga head!”
It was the voice of an old woman, and it brought such horrible terror to Kofi’s b—-t that he almost turned and walked away. He took a deep breath, and began to pray silently under his breath. He entered the room with an effort and reached over and switched the light on.
Two things happened at once: one door slammed shut behind him, and the key turned in the lock, from the hall side of the door, locking him inside the room! Secondly, the window slides began to slide shut, slide open, slide shut, slide open…with maddening intensity!
Ato took a look around the room, and then he saw the people, and then he began to scream!
“Eiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!” Ato screamed shrilly as he felt warm urine sliding down his legs with the depths of his fear. “Yiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeee!!!!!”
Apart from the fact that the room was in an unbelievable state of disarray, there were two people in the room!