Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Plea on Oath by LornaMarie

The Plea on Oath 
by LornaMarie 

‘The Plea on Oath’ is a down to earth story about facing the reality of our everyday life, some raw facts of the evils that behoves our day to day lives like gambling, extortion, blackmail, and issues that people face in their marriages or perhaps in their homes.   

Most people bottle a lot inside their head and carry on working everyday.  I mean professionals like the couple in the book Segun and Temitope. It is never going to be easy for any couple who have tried and tried try to conceive for more than fifteen years without a head way.  Even IVF did not work! There were so many issues that got complicated for the hero character. He had to face death in the family under tragic circumstances. He felt uncommon pain. It is natural to give in to bad habits.  Gambling has destroyed so many lives. We saw how gambling was so infectious in my story; it was passed down from a friend to another friend. They went out to relax and before we knew what was going on both friends have influenced one-another and both became chronic gamblers.  

I think it is time for us to debate the issues brought alive in the story. We saw in the story how life savings disappeared on gambling the characters.  When someone is addicted to drugs, at least you know that you could be rehabilitated by checking into centres established for that purpose. But when someone is addicted to gambling, how do you handle that?  Becoming broke, busted and disgusted is not a joke, it is not a child’s play. It is a demon that could eat a person up like a cankerworm. Like an alligator. The gambler gets eaten upon inside by an invisible evil no one can ever see.  The more he does it the more he want to do it.  

A gambling addict loves his or her family but the demon eating him or her up inside will just not allow them  to show their love or be there for their loved one.  

Inside their head a false believe that one day you will become rich, that you will win and take all the money home, that you can get away with all the loss that you have made.  That you could do it just one more time and not come back to it, because you have now got to a successful end with success. But that was not the case in my story. It was catastrophic.  You will have to find out why?

What led to extortion?  I bet your guess is as good as mine.  Gambling and Extortion are first cousins if I can put it that way.  The story revealed how desperate an addict could become and to what extent they could go.  

In that marriage I narrated in my book these habits tragically took lives away.  It lead to a court trial someone was jailed for life, narrowly escaped execution.

By the time I finished the last chapter.  I starred at myself again. I felt better now that I have written it all down. This time it is not like the non- fiction books that I had written in the past.  It is a story in my head. The book exist. 
Thank you for allowing me to share ‘The Plea on Oath’ with you.   


Successful Doctor, Segum, is shot in his own home in strange circumstances.  It appears that a gang of youths holding shooting practices in the park opposite are responsible; a stray bullet entering via the bathroom window and hitting Segum in the chest.
His wife, Temitope, is distraught and calls for an ambulance.  Segum is rushed to hospital where, despite all efforts, he sinks into a coma and later dies from his injury.
With much effort, the gang of youths are traced and stand trial for causing Segum’s death.  A trial ensues and justice appears to have been served.  But has it?
As events unfold and truths are learned, it becomes clear that Segum and Temitope did not have the perfectly loving marriage that it appeared, and that Segum was in fact battling demons of addiction.
The horrifying facts of the night of the shooting lead to extortion and blackmail, before the truth finally comes to light.


Lorna Marie was born in Islington, London before leaving for Lagos, Nigeria where she attended Marywood Grammar School and Methodist Girls High School.   In 1986 she bagged an award as the overall best student in her A-level examination result, consequently she gained admission to study Law at the prestigious University of Lagos, popularly known as Unilag.  She obtained her LL.B (Hons) degree with honours at the University of Lagos in 1989.  In 1990 Lorna attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, and after completing the bar final examinations was called to bar as barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Lorna is a Chartered Librarian and member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional in the United Kingdom.  She is a member of the Authors Alliance, headquartered in the United States and of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarian (BIALL).  Lorna adores preserving the memory of humanity, reviewing library books and managing knowledge covering a wide range of subjects wherever possible.
Lorna Marie is the writer of: The Judges and Lawyers CompanionHow to write a good dissertation, a guide for university undergraduate student and The Power of words to the human spirit, soul, body and mind: as compendium of great speeches by world leaders and some landmark court judgement. She has inspired the young generation of writers at ‘meet the author’ events in schools, colleges and libraries. She is a Chartered Librarian and Information professional. She has a deep sense of humour.  Lorna is married with two children.

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