Welcome to the story which I will write with your help.
How it works: I tell part of the story and you can be a part of this journey by using the poll at the bottom and or in the comments to let me know how you feel the story should proceed….
Thank you all for your input last week from the story HERE ABDUCTED
The story so far:
A stranger who emailed me may or may not be a missing person, abducted by an extremist group. I was invited to join a Facebook support group of people who pray for the safe return of those taken.
The popular poll result was that I should find an IT expert to trace the original email and those who wrote in comments said Join The Facebook Group see what happens that seemed like a good idea …. So I will fuse those two ideas and see where the story goes.
I clicked the link to join the Facebook group and a pop up screen asked me a few questions to help the admin decide if I would fit in the group. I scrolled through the question then answering them as I went along.
Do you think all people were created equal?
Yes *I clicked*
Do you think everyone has a right to their opinion whether you agree with it or not?
Yes *I clicked*
What quality makes a hero and are you one?
I paused, thinking of a response. Being a serial binge watcher of superhero movies I wanted to write that, “a hero was someone with extra-ordinary powers doing extra-ordinary things with the powers vested in him whether by being bitten by radioactive spiders or marvels of modern science or mythological connections and even by virtue of being an alien with godlike powers.”
Then I remembered something printed on a t/shirt worn by the conductor in the taxi I had taken on my evening commute home.
“Not all heroes wore capes, some simply hold the door”
He smiled as he slid the door open and so passengers could get on. “I want only two serious passengers we are about to go” he would periodically shout even though the taxi needed way more than two people before it could leave, and he was quite theatric in convincing people to get into his taxi than pick any of the other that were also trying to get passengers.
A hero is someone who perseveres against the odds *I finally typed*
Congratulations you are in the group, a notification flashed
I was surprised to find the group full of people from all over the world, strangers bound together with a common need to fight for injustice and to pray and to lobby governments for the safe return of all abducted people.
There was a pinned message on the group wall:
This group is as a safe place new members introduce yourself and tell us your ideas on how we can achieve our objectives. Faith Without Works Is Dead
I felt nervous and more than a little scared but the word hero echoed somewhere in the back of my mind. What was I getting myself into I thought as I typed:
Hi I am looking for friend who may have been abducted. They contacted me via email is there a computer expert in the group who can help with a trace.
*Ping* A new Facebook message notification. A message from someone called Og Banje, his name, I assume he was a guy because the profile picture was of a guy with a handkerchief around his face like a western outlaw; his name reminded me of something I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
The message was short and to the point.
“If you give me remote access to your email I might be able to run an IP address tracer and ping the servers of the email you received to track location and find service provider.”
I reread the message as I decided.
What do I do next
- Allow Remote Access to email
- First run a background check on OG Banje
- Ignore the message
- verify with group admin
- Go to the police
day 12 of my blog everyday chllenge themed Africa: stories from home.