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A Story That Ends With Cut Your Coat According to Your Size

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A Story That Ends With Cut Your Coat According to Your Size by : 10:23 pm On May 14, 2018

Tell a sotry that ends with the advice: “Cut your coat according to your cloth.”

Once upon a time, there lived a boy called Timo in the village of Akura. He was from a poor home. The parents found things extremely difficult yet they did their best to get him educated although they had nothing. At the village primary school, Timo was a wonderful boy as he came f**t in all his examinations. In fact, the first position had almost been identified with him. This position he maintained till he entered secondary school in a distant town called Oja.

His entry to a secondary school marked a turning point in his life. For the first time  they bought new clothes, tennis shoes and a wrist watch for him. He was indeed happy to be among the pioneers of Oja Government Secondary School. Of course, due to his old age and intelligence he was appointed a prefect. Things were reasonably all right for him until he got to  the penultimate class (SSII) when he started keeping bad company. He forgot all the advice his parents gave  him before he entered secondary school. He  had forgetten all those stories his mother used to tell him to justify the saying t hat ‘bad company corrupts good manners.

He had identified weigh a gang of boys and girls who were best known for flamboyant and prodigal lifestyles. He no longer remembered the son of whom he was. The members of the gang were all from affluent homes, where as he was the only one from a poor home. Each boy had a girlfriend in the gang and he too could not afford to miss this. He too wooed a girl from the gang and the girl (Bola) told him there was no problem provided he could satisfy her needs and wants because she was quite an expensive girl. Timo gave assurance that he was up to the task. That was how they started. Things came to a crisis point during the third term in SSII when things began to fall apart. He could no longer concentrate on his studies as Bola had introduced him  to night patties here and there. Indeed, he had become a prodigal son, there was nothing he couldn’t do provided it brought money to satisfy Bola. His academic performance head deteriorated so much as  he had no time to study any longer.

One day Bola called Timo and told him she wanted to celebrate her birthday in two weeks time and that a sum of fifty thousand naria was needed for the D-day. Timo had no option but to seek for the money elsewhere. He contacted members of   his gang to bail him out but to no avail. He went to his parents to tell a lie but that was mp solution as his parents were poorer than church together to hatch a plan to rob a nearby community bank in the wee house of the night. They  spent extra hourse to plan this with foolproof devices. Thy co-opted one of the clerks of the bank into their fold for the evil machination.

Unknown to Timo, the clerk had let the cat out of the bag by telling the manager what was about to happen and the manager had taken appropriate measure by reporting to the security agents. The bank premises was combed by military operatives as early as midnight, an hour before the operation. Unfortunately, other gang  members were drunk and slept off. They couldn’t wake up until 6 o’clock in the morning. It was indeed a disaster as Timo had gone to his designated operation base 1.30 a.m with some rounds of ammunition, thinking that all other gang members had taken positions. He first short into the air to scare away the unarmed security guards and bring them to their knees before the operation. Alas!s he was doomed to fail. Instead of his expectation of  getting  his gang members, it was the men of the security outfit. ‘Operation Sweep’ that greeted him with more superior firearms. He was instantly disarmed and arrested. It was then he knew that the game was up. He  tried to bribe the security operative but to no avail. He was then led to the other gang members who were also arrested and detained.

However, the news spread like fire during harmattan. It was even exaggerated in some quarters that Timo had robbed a bank of millions of naira. Within a day, other gang members were bailed and their parents arranged for lawyers to get their children off the hook, there was noboy to do that for Timo. He was subsequently transferred to Kirikiri Maximum Prison. He has been there for over a year and he is soon to face the Armed Robbery and Firearms Tribunal of which, if found quality, he faces  capital punishment. Last week when his gang remember who are now free went to tell him the recent development, he opened his mouth wide and said: “if I had known  it would end up this way I wouldn’t have contemplated doing it at all. I now believed more than ever before in the saying: “Cut your coat according to your cloth”.


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