TEACHER CHUKS; Season 4 (Part 5&6) – Opeyemi Akintunde

Part 5
Opeyemi Akintunde

Our family story was the trending story in the vicinity as my father was under the accusing eyes of everyone.

My mother’s relatives came around asking questions about the sudden death of my mother and three of her children. My father kept crying day and night. He swore he didn’t have a hand in the death of his immediate family. He told my mother’s family that he was ready to go to any Shrine and swear to show his innocence in the matter.

I knew my father did not do anything diabolical, but he was suffering the punishment of causing people tears.

One night at about 2am, my father woke me up and instructed me to follow him. A taxi was waiting for us. My father and I relocated to another state that night.

I thought the serial deaths in our family would make my father stop defrauding people but defrauding people had become more of a habit than a thing he was doing for survival. He started recruiting young boys in the vicinity and they were getting deep in the scamming business.

My Father tried forcing me into the business but I held my ground . He however made it clear that he was not going to let me be… I threatened him that I was going to run away and expose him to the police but that was my undoing.

That night, while sleeping I felt strong arms carrying me from sleep. I tried to fight them but they were stronger than I was. I was bundled into a car and the rest they say is history. I found myself here, by my count I have been here for 465 days… I try to count every day…”

“ You mean you have been here for over a year…”

“ Yes… using days makes me feel better…” He said and my eyes dropped tears . I could not believe a father would do this to his own son because of the evil he was trapped in…

“ But really? Though I am a Christian… a growing one… I am tempted to ask ? Isn’t God aware that you are here…and Why is He not planning to bring you out?” My heart was heavy as I still had the image of how the young boy looked like when the door was opened…

“ God was with Daniel in the Lion’s Den… I have realized that God may not stop people from throwing us into the Den, but He definitely Can stop the Lions from eating. Joseph was also thrown in Prison but he eventually got out… He didn’t die there!” Sammy said to me but I don’t know if it was the devil that spoke through me or my inner fear but I said in response

“ But John the Baptist died in prison!” I said

“ I don’t dwell on negative examples , I draw strength from positive examples… “ Sammy said sharply….

“ You know my name is Samson , but I have told God I will never die with enemies of God… I believe I am getting out of here very soon…” he said with a dry laughter.

I kept quiet as I saw a strong teenager I would love to tell his story to my teenagers at the Lighthouse if I had the opportunity to return there…

“ So What’s your story?” I heard him say to me…

“ My story…”

I eventually told him all about me, and there were points where he shed tears , points where he screamed , points where he laughed , points where he told me he would love to meet the teenagers…In all I was excited when he worshipped God for saving my soul…

“ You see Mr Chuks, we can be thrown into a pit or a prison, but God always has a way of bringing us out….”

My stomach started churning, I had not drank water or eaten in hours…

“ I only eat once a day, and that comes in the evening…” Sammy had obviously heard my stomach rumbling

My mind drifted to how I got there… I knew I fell into that pit by my own carelessness. On the other hand Sammy had been thrown in forcefully. If God was going to save anyone, Sammy was definitely worthy.

We heard someone’s footsteps approaching us…

“ The food is coming early today… Guess because You are here” Sammy said

As the footsteps got closer, I knew something was off, my heart raced as I did not know what was about to happen.

“ Is Rejoice’s Husband here to kill me?” I thought as I had realized how deadly he was….A man who could do this to his own son was capable of doing anything to anyone.


Part 6
Opeyemi Akintunde

“ It’s me Rejoice…” I heard Rejoice saying in a whisper as she got close to the Dark room.

“ Rejoice… What do you want?”

“ We will be leaving here soon… I have done something drastic. Be at alert!”

“ What have you done?” I said In panic, as I wasn’t ready for another implicating plan…

I got no answer as I heard her moving fast away from us…

“ Who is that?” Sammy asked…

“ Rejoice!” I replied

“ The girl you said is my father’s wife?”

“Yes… I wonder what she is up to this time around” I said out loud

“ Let’s wait and see”. Sammy replied

After about 3 hours, the daily food was brought . It was Yam pottage and two satchet water. I literally swallowed the meal in hunger and made do with the little water.

However, I started having running stomach. I was scared if I had been poisoned but I felt a certain peace in my heart.

“ I think I need to use the rest room” I said to Sammy

“ You need to hold it in , I am only allowed to pee and poo once a day, and that is always after my meals. One of them will be here soon to pick up the plates…Once he is here, he will open the door for us to get out for some minutes…” Sammy said

For the next 30 minutes I struggled with the greatest pain I had ever felt in my life.

Eventually, one of the men came and the moment he opened I rushed out and I almost pooped on my body.

After relieving myself, I returned to the dark room and laid on the floor thinking…

“Chuks, imagine how lust has led you to this place!” I said to myself…I realized what the Bible meant in Proverbs 5:5 was very real….

“Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell….”

I had followed Rejoice out of the Lighthouse into the dark of the night to get roasted meat and here I was trapped in a dark room similar to the world of the dead…Lust had led me to a dark room of no escape.

We heard Sporadic gunshots… Sammy and I jumped from sleep…

“ What’s happening?” I asked Sammy hoping since he had been there for a long time, he knew what was happening

“ I don’t know!” He replied

The gunshots didn’t stop…. We heard someone rushing towards the dark room, followed by the sound of keys. The person was apparently in a rush…

“ Uncle Chuks… Let’s get out of here… the police has surrounded this place.” Rejoice said as the door opened. Rejoice stepped back at the sight of Sammy…

“ Sammy?” Rejoice asked me in shock.

“ Yeah”

“ Jay is a mad man…” Rejoiced cursed…

“ Well, we need to get out of here, Uncle Chuks…” Rejoice said to me in a rush…

“ Sammy get up , Let’s be on our way…!” I said

“ Uncle Chuks… we don’t have that time, His father will definitely come for him…, I was the one who tipped the police… I sent them info about our whereabouts, and they must be checking through the main house..”

“ I cannot leave Sammy here…” I said as I tried to lift Sammy from the ground.. I felt happy when I lifted him , because He felt so light in my hands… I immediately followed after Rejoice.

Rejoice took us through a back route. This time around, we ran as fast as our legs could carry us… Sammy’s weight was not a big deal so it made it easy to for me to catch up with Rejoice.

We must have run for 30 minutes before Rejoice decided to stop.

“ At least I know we are far from them”
Rejoice said as she fell to the ground.

I also dropped Sammy on the ground, and what I saw on his face was epic, he was smiling amidst tears….

“ We often take a lot of things for granted, I never knew a day would come and I would be so happy to see daylight, even though it’s evening… Thank you Jesus ! Thank you Jesus for the opportunity to see the brightness of the day again… Thank you…” Sammy said

Rejoice looked at him disdainfully, obviously because of the hatred she felt for his father.

“We need to continue our journey. I hope we get to a Main road as Soon as possible” Rejoice said

We kept walking, by this time Sammy told me he wanted to walk on his feet . I held his hand and together we walked…

Before we knew what was happening, the day was gradually turning to night..,

“ Are you sure we are not going further into the forest…” Sammy asked innocently

“ Same thing I am thinking “ I said in aggrement to Sammy but Rejoice eyed Sammy maliciously

“ I checked through the map on your father’s phone yesterday and I kept the route in my head. It leads to an express-road.”

“Ok… it just feels to me like we are moving farther away from civilization “

When we couldn’t Journey any more because of the darkness, we decided to rest our legs under a big tree, but Sammy suggested, we sleep under the open heavens, as snakes could be hiding in the trees. We took to his advise and Rejoice slept in between us.

As I slept off, I saw Rejoice in my dream. She took me by the hand and led me to a place. She told me to face the other side as she was hiding whatever she was doing from me.

I woke up very startled…

On waking up, I looked around and Sammy was nowhere in sight. I tapped Rejoice from sleep…

“ Rejoice!, Where is Sammy?”

Rejoice woke from sleep and looked around her…

“Sammy… Sammy?… Where is he?” she looked around too

We rose to our feet and started looking around for him… we looked around for close to an hour, all to no avail….

“ We can’t keep looking for him… I suspect he stood up and ran away from us… Sammy can’t be better than his father. This is what Jay would do… Let’s get going” Rejoice said

I didn’t want to believe Sammy just left us, but Rejoice was right… We had to continue our Journey. The thought of the trouble the teenagers in the Lighthouse would be going through gingered me to continue our journey. I was sure no wild animal had carried him. It was either he left us like Rejoice said or he lost His way maybe when he went to ease himself.


“I smell smoke”… Rejoice said as we journeyed on…

“ You are right!” I said affirmatively as I had been perceiving that smell…

“ Maybe we are close to a village or a hunter’s hut…” Rejoice said…

We walked fast hoping we had finally gotten to where we would find help, but as we got closer, what we saw was very shocking….

We saw a male figure that had been tied and a fire had been set under him!

Rejoice was about to scream, but I covered her mouth. I looked around the fireplace and I saw men and women who were dressed in black long gowns….There were children and teenagers present as well.

I wondered who the male figure was and what he had done to receive such big punishment for him to be roasted like a goat. His mouth had been covered so he obviously could not scream….

“ Where have we found ourselves…?” Rejoice managed to whisper as tears poured out of her eyes in fear….

I didn’t know where we were either, but this was definitely a terrible place….

I held Rejoice and planned to move quietly away from that place, but as we turned we saw three fearful looking faces staring at us… They also had the long black dresses on…



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