ARRESTED, INTERROGATED, but never beyond God's liberating love

In The Mid -1990s, during the rule of the previous head of state in Nigeria, my husband, Toye, was arrested by the feared State Security Service [SSS]. He was taken into detention without knowing what was going on. I was not around when they came for him. I had gone to the market to get some things for our family. When I came home, I found a note by the door saying that he had been taken away.

In those days, if these men took someone away, it was like a death sentence. I wondered, "Who is going to help me? What have we done?" Then I said to myself, "God is good, and good cannot be repaid with evil." Although I didn't know what we had done wrong, I went to the security service office by myself, with confidence in God.

When I arrived, they said my husband was not there, and I said, "He is here, and if I do not see him, I am not going home." So they took me in and began asking me about my husband. I told them about him and the things he was doing, including that he had visited the United States on business for our church. They told me that my husband had been carrying information about Nigeria to the USA—that was why The Christian Science Monitor knew what was going on in Nigeria. They said my husband was going to pay with his life for what he had done wrong.

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Finding freedom
December 12, 2005

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