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Thursday, October 01, 2009

I Was Robbed

Sunday began as any other day. I went to church, from there to the salon and back to Abeokuta, just in time to watch the finals of MTN Project Fame.

Afterwards, FFF's neighbours from the next compound, who are my collegues at work, came over with another of my male colleague who came to visit and we were all gisting in my crib. I was in the kitchen cooking a native soup that my colleagues were waiting to taste. Besides, my male colleague was waiting for the rain to subside before going home.

One of my neighbours came to borrow my umbrella and said his friend, who was visiting will return it to me soon. It was 8pm.

Then someone knocked. Normally, I will ask from my window who it was before opening the main door. Better still, if I am alone, and there is light, which there was, my curtain will be down, and I wouldn't answer anyone who knocked, because we all have keys to either the front door or the back entrance, and when my curtain is down, you wouldn't know if I am in or not.

But while my male colleague was checking to see through the window, I already opened my door because I was staning behind it.
"Who?" I asked.
"It's me Sola," he answered.
"Who is Sola?" I asked. I didnt know the name of my neighbour's friend, and because of the light inside and outside, I couldn't see properly through the partial glass on the door because of my own reflection.
"It is Sola, open the door na?" he sounded a bit irritated I was still asking and that made me embarrassed because I then believed it was my neighbour's friend who was to return my umbrella. So I opened the door. He entered and I looked at him and my eyes followed his hand to his pocket as a gun came out and two other guys with guns entered behind him. I died.

My first instinct was to scream to alert the others. But I didn't. As I was pushed towards my room, I was thinking and praying. When I stepped inside, I tried to shut the door on them, but they were stronger. They asked the four of us to lie down. I was still standing. My three colleagues were already flat on the rug. I didn't believe it was happening. Then I was told again to lie down. I knelt down first, as I watched two of them descend on my wardrobe. The third one carried my two laptop bags to the bed. One of them went into my kitchen and turned off my gas. At a point, I was lying down too. But I was not quiet because I kept calling on Jesus and the Holy Spirit and the robbers kept screaming at me to shut up.

It was when one of them came to me and started dropping my ear rings on the floor around me, and a second one stood over me, touched my waist, where my jeans stopped, that it occured to me they could rape. I kept quiet and started to pray inward.
I was asked to get up and take them round all my neighbours. I tried to plead and I was slapped thrice. My face still hurts.

It was a terrible night. They found some rooms opened with easy access, and broke down doors, where the occupant was out. They left with laptops, every phone, money, perfumes etc. And they left scars on us all.

I kept questioning God why He didn't interrupt the operation. I kept asking Him to and He was quiet. That was how I felt. And remembering that I was the one who opened the door, I die all over again. But later, we all thanked Him, the incident took place when it did, else it would have been worse. I have a neighbour who always sits outside at night to make calls because the service is poor in her room. What if she was outside?
What if we were seeing off our male colleague who came to visit, and we were stopped by the robbers, who actually parked their car under a tree, watching the house? What if it was another neighbour who had a visitor too, and she was seeing him off? What if they had followed the neighbour's friend back, who was returning my umbrella, and I was alone? What if when it happened, we were all alone on our beds? As of when it happened, every one of us were not alone. We all had visitors. There are so many what ifs, but I feel terrible.

FFF had left for Lagos the day before, and her neighbours were with me. Later we discovered the robbers went to their compound first, seeing no one, they came to ours.

I do thank God for preserving our lives. All the material things lost can be replaced. All my stories and projects on the laptop, He will inspire me again to write better ones. But I feel very bitter because I lost so much of my office documents, including the flash I use as backup. I feel really bad and so confused because it was just two months ago I had a terrible accident and the car has been written off. I had recovered fine from the trauma of that accident believing God preserved my life for a purpose. And then getting robbed in my home where I should feel safe?

I try not to think about it, but when I close my eyes, I see the hand that went into the pocket and returned with a gun. And when I remember how one of those guys stood over me, I fight to breathe again, because I cannot imagine what I would have done if rape had been the story. I wont be here typing this.

I do thank God, but I'm still very shaken. Don't know if I can still remain in Abeokuta. And I am asking God to please help me. I don't want to crash. I'm so close to the ground.


  1. wow... could have been worse.. so i guess there's still a wee bit to be thankful for... trust you are pulling together now tho?

  2. i'm glad you still find a lot to be thankful for, it could have been worse. and God wasnt silent to ur prayers....you never know the number of things your prayers prevented.
    ThankGod your life was spared.
    i can guess how u felt, i had a gun pointed at me once...not the most pleasant feeling in the world.

    it is well with you.

  3. Thank God you are safe and in one piece.
    Shey you are holding up ok?

  4. This kind of news make me go OMG! Thanks God for your life and everything. It could have been worse. Take care and think positive, you'll get over it.

  5. It cld have been worse...but the good Lord was there for you. We thank God for u dear.

  6. wow...im sorry you had to go through such an experience, my parents were robbed in august and i can imagine just how violated you feel. Thank God that it was just material things they took those can be replaced. Thank God for your life..he will give you strength through this situation.

  7. sorry luv. Thank God no life was lost, nobody was raped…

  8. Sounds like something really remarkable is about to happen to you.
    Let us know when it does.
    In the meanwhile, chin up and cheer up.

  9. aww pele dearie, like u said d material things can be replaced but life....thankGod no one was hurt'

  10. OMG! What a traumatic experience!
    In all, I thank God that no life was hurt. Stay blessed my dear.

  11. Tank God u'r safe. Sry abt d incident.

  12. thank God for sparing your lives. wen did this happen?
    hope ur next blog post would be about happier things.

  13. So, sorry to hear this.
    Please take heart and courage in the fact that your life was spared.

  14. wao!!! it could have been much worse so just keep thanking God!!!! and pls be more careful, even if u recognize d voice pls double check before u open up.

  15. Yes my dear, we should 1st thank God, because it could definitely have been worse. I am glad no one was physically harmed.
    I hope you find the strength to stay.

  16. Wow... Thank God you are okay. Thank God you prayed and thank God He is a God that answers prayers too. God bless.

  17. oh my goodness! pele dia...thank God o..you are alive...i pray u get better soon..cant even begin to imagine how u feel about it all.

  18. Oh my dear! this must really be traumatic. Thank God for your life. Please dont blame yourself. In our own case, we did not want to open the door - they broke it down. As long as they knew someone was around, they would have found a way in.

    No matter what had happened, remember that God is a restorer. Please take care...

  19. omg! Thank God you are safe babe I know it can be very traumatic but God is the greatest comforter,You will be fine soon.

  20. So sorry dear. I feltbad reading this but all I can do is thank God for sparing you all for making them have no thought of raping any of you. God will replace everything that's lost in million folds.

  21. eeeeeeh
    I am so sorry
    It would have been so traumatic for you.
    Thank God for your life o!
    Thank God it was not more than that
    I pray God would replace and increase you.

    and dont feel bad you opened the door, they could have broken the door down.
    I trust you are getting over it all now.
    Pele dear.

  22. waoh, Thank God for his preservation. All things work together for good.

    it is well ok?

  23. Jesus!

    I really thank God for you and yours.
    I cried when I read the part where the dude stood over your waist...I can imagine what went through his mind. I am so glad they did not rape or harm you...

    It is well with you.

  24. O deaar, just reading this, so sorry to hear about that...don't know what to say really. I am short of words.

    Thank God they did not lay hands on you.

  25. so sad this had to happen

    glad for you all you lost was material

    He watched over you