Diary of a Lagos Commuter: One Chance Saga

I never would have imagined the helpless situation I found myself in the early hours of Thursday morning (29th, October). It was an eventful day. Let me tell you how.

I have heard of people being victims of ‘one chance’ in Lagos. On this faithful Thursday, I had my own baptism of ‘one chance’ robbery at Salvation bus stop, Opebi, Lagos. In a split second, the yellow and black danfo passenger bus became a robbery scene. It was like a drama being played out, only that this time it was real. You wouldn’t want to imagine the thoughts flying round my head as I was pushed to the floor of the bus. The other unfortunate female passenger and I were stripped of all our valuables, including ATM cards. I had two ATM cards. As a matter of fact, our pin numbers were gotten from us and all monies withdrawn! Yes account totally drained and one of the villains asked if I would marry him! In his words “…se o ma fe mi? mo mo pe oni fe femi nitori ise ti o ti ripe mo n se” (will you marry me? I know you won’t want to because of the work you’ve seen me do)” I just looked on and shook my head… “But s’o mo pe o le change mi” (But you know you can change me) he continued. I nodded (all I just wanted was to be released). Having done all, we were eventually released at Adeniyi Jones, a few minutes away from the Robbery scene. My day was upturned; I came down with a terrible headache. I couldn’t shake the scene off my head… the decision on which means of transportation to take back home was difficult to reach. I waited at the bus stop for some minutes before I eventually flagged down a cab…the 100naira cash I was left with was sufficient to take me home.

Aderolake chronicles her experience as a Lagos commuter on RuralReporters.com. As a trained Broadcast journalist, she is passionate about connecting the link between education and communication. Her expertise lies in the ability to disseminate useful and unbiased information to help others make informed decisions. 'Rolake is also a skilled makeup artist- she loves to amplify the beauty in others. She recently branched out to explore the administrative field and currently works as an administrator in one of the leading Nursing Agencies in Nigeria.

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