by Kay Omar
Last weekend, we were all rushing into a bus as usual when this lady suddenly starts to yell at some guy, “Give me my phone! Give me my phone!”
Before anyone became fully aware of what was happening, the rather brief altercation ended. The lady got back on the bus almost immediately and driver drove off. It was then that she started to narrate what just happened.
Apparently, as she got on the bus, a young man (one of the agberos who was supposed to be collecting owo-load) had dipped his hand into her bag, taken out her phone and handed it over to his cohort.
According to the lady, she is a sharp girl who is always on the alert and well aware of the agberos’ tricks. As soon as she saw the hand go in and out of her bag, she grabbed the agbero and started to yell out. The speed with which she did it must have impressed them because the second guy returned her phone like they say, sharp-sharp. This was why the whole thing ended in the blink of an eye.
However, what incensed the girl (and some other people on the bus) most was the fact that neither driver nor conductor flinched, came to the girl’s aid or even made an issue of the situation seeing as these were the same guys that they “worked” with.
If I was in driver’s mind though, I would probably be thinking “Wetin concern agbero with overload?!” – agbero here being driver and conductor of course, and overload… I am sure you get it. In any case, the girl got her phone back, didn’t she? And without any help too.
It pays to be sharp in Lagos. Like they say, “shine your eyes, because for Lagos na OYO (on your own) for you”.