‘How far Debo?’ Chief Jubril asked as his personal
assistant stepped into the office.
‘Fine sir. The call was from Canada but we’ve not
been able to verify the user’s details’
‘When would that be done?’
‘We should get the report by next tomorrow’
‘Are you sure?’
‘Yes, very sure sir’
‘Good…’ The man paused and focused on his
laptop for a minute before he returned his gaze
back to Debo. ‘Do you know what is happening
‘Yes sir.’ Debo smiled sheepishly.
Jubril Lawal smiled back. ‘I want you to organize
a banquet for me. The venue would be my villa.
Send invitations to every friend on my contact
‘Invite Evelyn Alex also.’ The man paused and
cleared his throat. ‘I’ll like her to meet with some
of our other business partners that would be
involved in our partnership. Make sure you also
mobilize for proper security’
‘Okay sir.’ Debo bowed and proceeded out of the
office, trying to come up with ideas on how to
organize for the birthday celebration.
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Tarasha eyes began to search around for Henry
in the reception as she came out of the elevator.
She took out her phone from the jacket and
dialed his number.
‘Where are you?’ She spoke into the phone.
‘Outside the gate’ a gruff voice which was not
Henry’s answered, Tarasha noticed.
‘Okay, I’m coming’ she replied and ended the
call. She dropped the phone back into the
jacket’s pocket and proceeded out of the
She spotted Henry’s blue Honda car parked
behind a police sonata as soon as she stepped
out of the gate. She noticed that three
uniformed police officers were at their car with a
non uniformed person. The officer at the front
seat beside the driver’s came out looking at her
direction. She took out her phone and placed
another call to Henry as she proceeded slowly
towards his car.
‘Hey Madam’ the police officer accosted her.
‘Hello, what can I do for you?’ Tarasha ended the
call she was trying to make and turned to attend
to the officer.
‘Are you Miss Evelyn Alex?’ The officer asked.
‘Yes, I…’ Tarasha was cut short by what she saw.
The “non uniformed officer” which appeared to
be Henry was motioned out of the car by
another officer which was huge in size.
‘Do you know that man?’ The officer continued,
looking towards Henry.
Tarasha paused for a while before answering.
‘Yes’ She stared at Henry as the huge officer
motioned him towards their direction.
‘You were with him yesterday?’ He asked again.
‘Yes’ Tarasha answered.
‘Your attention is needed in our office’ he said.
‘For what?’ She inquired.
‘Just to answer some few questions’ the officer
replied with a brief smile.
Tarasha stared at Henry’s face for an explanation
but he just stared back until she spoke. ‘What’s
all these Henry?’
‘I’m sorry, I don’t understand too’ Henry replied.
‘I asked them to leave you out of this but they
said that we must go together. I believe that
Dare must have told huge lies about us to the
‘May we leave now?’ The huge officer
interrupted, eyeing Tarasha wickedly.
‘Can I have my phone to make a call now?’ Henry
demanded, stretching out his hand to the slim
‘Of course, it’s in the car. Let’s proceed first,
then you can make your calls on the way’ the
officer made way to return to the car.
‘You go with her in the Honda’ the huge officer,
Afo , said in a commanding tone.
‘Okay’ the other officer obliged and led Tarasha
who followed silently to the Honda.
The officer in the driver’s seat of the Honda
already started the car engine before they
entered into it. They drove away from the hotel
fence in few seconds.
Tarasha kept a searching gaze on the officer
accompanying her. He stared back
intimidatingly into her eyes when hers met with
his. ‘Is this how you pick up people in this
country?’ She asked a question which made the
officer look stunned. ‘I wouldn’t have followed
you if I didn’t see Henry with you’
‘You have no choice madam.’ He gave a wicked
smile as he answered. ‘You don’t defy police
‘I have a right to know why I’m going with you’
she snapped at him.
‘I’m only inviting you for interrogation’ he
snapped back. ‘Madam business from Canada,
don’t provoke me’
Tarasha looked away from him and carefully
examined his words. He just qualified her as
“Madam Business from Canada”. Whatever he
meant by the phrase, it revealed that he had
found out from somewhere that she was from
Canada and was doing a business. She glanced
at him again with suspicion in her eyes. She
began to search around his uniform again,
searching for something to confirm her
Henry had also become suspicious too when he
asked from his phone from the huge officer and
he replied him coldly. ‘It’s with my colleague in
the other car, you’ll get it when we get to the
station, we can’t pause our journey just because
At this time they had driven for about fifteen
‘Officer’ Tarasha called softly. She placed a hand
on his chest seductively covering the pocket on
‘Yes…’ He answered, his body shivered as her
fingers proceeded behind the buttons.
‘What’s your name?’ She asked.
‘Erm…’ He stammered and looked towards his
chest to check the name inscribed on the tip of
the pocket. He flung her hand away from him
suddenly as he figured out what she was doing.
‘What that flip’ he cursed and brought out a
gun, pointing it at her immediately.
‘I know you’re fake, you don’t own the uniform’
Tarasha said bluntly and sat back properly,
ignoring the gun pointed at her. ‘Who sent you?’
‘Shut the hell up’ he shouted at her, still
threatening with the gun. He searched his pants
pocket with the left hand and brought out his
‘Hello, this girl don burst me o’ he informed his
colleague that he has been busted by the girl in
‘No problem, just keep her there. We would be at
the workshop in the next two minutes’ the huge
man answered through his phone in the police
car. He brought out his gun also and pointed it
‘Boy, it’s better you cooperate with us without
making noise or I’ll burst your brains’ He said in a
harsh manner, terrifying Henry.
‘Who sent you?’ Tarasha asked the slim officer
again as they drove into a large compound. He
replied her with a wicked look.
‘But this is not a police station’ Henry protested
as he looked around the bushy compound.
‘Shut up and get out of the car’ Afo ordered and
pushed Henry out angrily.
Tarasha was also escorted out of the car with a
gun by the other guy. The drivers of the cars
came out of the car two with their guns, making
it four armed men against Henry and Tarasha.
‘Get into the house’ Afo commanded, motioning
them with his gun. Henry and Tarasha began to
walk slowly into the brick walled building
covered with corrugated iron sheets at the front
section. The door was opened by one of the
drivers and they were led into the poorly lit
room, the windows were not opened and it made
it hot. Three other guys appeared from another
section of the building and hailed their Boss Afo.
‘Kneel down there’ Afo commanded the two,
pointing his gun at them as he lit a cigarette
with his other hand. ‘Raise up your hands’ Afo
added after they obeyed his first instruction. He
brought out his phone and dialed a number.
Tarasha carefully dipped her right hand into her
jacket’s pocket and made sure nobody noticed
as she took out an item and attached it into her
sleeve before slowly raising up her hands.
He puffed out some quantity of smoke before
placing the phone on his ear. ‘Hello… We’ve got
them here’ he said through the phone to his call
receiver, staring deeply into Tarasha and Henry’s
faces. ‘My boy told me that you called and said
you wanted to see them before we finish them
Afo inhaled another quantity of smoke before he
continued. ‘That means your money has
increased, you’ll add twenty percent… Ok, we’re
expecting you by evening time’
‘Who sent you to kidnap us?’ Tarasha asked in a
Afo chuckled mockingly and hissed as he stared
at her face. He turned to Kalu, the guy who was
with Tarasha in the Honda car. ‘Where are those
chairs?’ He asked searching round the room. ‘Get
the chairs and tie them up’ Afo ordered and
walked out of the building hurriedly.
‘Good’ Dare stamped his feet on the floor in joy
as he ended the call. He rejoiced with himself in
his office. He would finally put to rest his past
which just resurfaced and was trying to haunt
him. The only painful part of it was that Evelyn
had to go with it.
He remembered the look on Henry’s face when
they met again after several years. Henry’s gaze
had sent shivers down his spine. What his guilt
made him see was thirst for revenge in Henry’s
eyes. Then he decided that there was a need to
totally wipe out the past of which Henry is a part
His phone beeped. He quickly picked it up and
checked the screen. He smiled. It was a
reminder for his Dad’s sixtieth birthday which
was coming up in two days time. He began to
think of what gift was best to present to his
What could his money buy that his father
couldn’t get? His father was a hundred times
richer than he was. The only gift he knew his
father would be impressed by was a profitable
business idea. ‘D–n!’ He sighed. His father was
so business and money minded that it was
possible for him not to remember his birthday on
the day. He was sure there was going to be no
party, his father barely attends social functions
nowadays for the fun of it. He only did it if he
was going to meet his business partners there.
Or should he organize a surprise birthday bash
for his dad? He thought.
No, the man would not appreciate that. Instead
of getting pleased with the action, his father
would probably be disappointed.
Dare shook his head thoughtfully and dropped
his phone on the table. Then he returned his
focus back to the files on his table.
‘Hmmm…’ Henry kept shouting out words
which were inaudible as he struggled on the
seat he was tied to. His chair and Tarasha’s
were placed backing each other. She was also
tied in the same manner. Each legs tied to
corresponding leg of the chair and both hands
tied together at the back of the chair and their
mouths covered with a large plaster.
‘Ooh shut up you idiot!’ One of their abductors
barged into the room angrily and smacked
Henry on the face.
‘Leave him alone’ another one said as he came
in bare chested with a red jersey hanging
around his neck. ‘Let him scream all he can
now, he might not have the opportunity to
scream again until his next life’
The first guy hissed and turned towards the
main entrance followed closely by the second
who hurriedly put on his shirt. Soon they were
out of the compound, the sound of the gate
closing could be heard.
Henry became calm all of a sudden, his mind
was full of sadness, for Evelyn and his parents.
Evelyn was just an innocent girl whom he put
into trouble. His parents also depended on
him as their only source of joy and proof of
their parenthood. He could not think of what
would happen if he was killed, his parents
could die just from the shock of the news.
He struggled fruitlessly again to set himself
free, shaking the chair vigorously, his head hit
Evelyn’s. She gave a soft groan, the only sound
that she made after several hours that they
had been tied.
Tarasha could still feel the steel on her wrist,
now she could sense that it was time to use it.
She used the rope tied on the wrist to push it
down and it cut her jacket and fell in between
her palms, causing a small cut on her middle
finger. She took a hold of the knife’s handle
and carefully moved it up and down the rope,
slicing it slowly. Her hands got free in a
She stretched her fingers before removing the
covering on her mouth. The heavy breath she
let out after got Henry’s attention, he
suspected that her mouth was free and made
some noise to alert her in case it really was.
She looked at him but ignored and continued
to cut the rope off her leg. After the rope was
off, she got up and stretched her legs. Henry
noise was louder as he was fully aware that
she was now free.
She hid back her knife before she walked to
him and took off the covering on his lips, then
she bent down to loose the ropes on his legs.
‘How did you loose your ropes?’ Henry asked
impatiently without waiting for Evelyn to finish
setting him free.
‘They didn’t tie it as tight as yours is.’ She said
after setting him free totally.
Henry got up and stretched his body tiredly.
He looked straight into her eyes but she
turned away and walked towards the window
‘Thank God’ Henry said. Tarasha stood
suddenly still. Henry did not notice and he
continued. ‘Thank God, I’m sure he’ll still get
us out of here alive.’ He turned to look at
Evelyn as she wasn’t responding to him
Their eyes met. Henry had never seen such
fury like he did on anyone’s eyes. He couldn’t
explain it but he knew there was a kind of
dangerous anger in her. Then he remembered
that he had just given “God” the credit.
Tarasha suddenly remembered the reason for
all the knifes in her pockets. This could just be
the right time to drain out life from his body,
Mallam Jefa carefully arranged his the seats in
his joint. Very soon, several of his customers
would begin to troop in to fill their bellies. He
deals in toasted bread, tea, noodles, roasted
cow skin (ponmo), “suya” and assorted drinks.
Jefa was well loved and patronised around the
area. Many atimes, his customers would not
leave after filling themselves but would stay
and have fun as it would turn to a large
gathering. Jefa always had to send most of
them away when they began to lit their
cigarettes or drink alcohol heavily to avoid
violence and destruction of property.
Mallam Jefa whose real name was Jeffery was
not an Hausa man nor does he dress like one,
he only earned the nick as a result of his job,
height and popularity among young men of
the Hausa tribe.
Merely looking at Mallam Jefa’s face, one who
conclude that he was in his early fifties or
close to sixties as wrinkles and spots had
begun to show on his face. But it was not to be
so, Mallam Jefa was just in his early thirties, a
young man who looked so aged and troubled
because of problems and several misfortunes
that had befallen him in the past.
Very jovial and kind he was to everyone but a
closer look at him would reveal his sorrowful
mind. One who’s heart wasn’t at peace, one
who only tried to feign happiness even though
he never was.
As Jefa opened the window, he could see two
of his customers stroll out of their compound
which was just about three metres from his
joint. He knew they were coming to him as
they turned to his direction. He quickly
cleaned two seats for them and returned to
his stand room where he attends to
‘Mallam Jefa’ one of the guys hailed, putting
up his hands as they strolled into the neatly
made wooden building.
‘Hey!’ Jefa hailed back. ‘Welcome my guys’
‘Thank you’ the first guy said as they took their
seats. The other guys just continued to puff his
cigarette in silence.
‘What do you want me to offer you?’ Jefa
The guys whispered to themselves. ‘What do
‘I’ll go with moi moi and bread first, then a
bottle of beer later” the cigarette puffing guy
‘You want to stay here and drink?’ The other
guy asked in low tones. ‘You know we’ve got to
watch over those “dogs” back there’
‘I know’ came the reply in a harsh tone.
‘There’s no problem, they can never get away
with those ropes used to tie them’
‘What of if Afo comes?’
‘Afo would return by three thirty and this is
just two pm’ he said after glancing at his
wristwatch. ‘We still have a lot of time’
‘You guys are selling dogs now?’ Jefa asked
innocently as he served their order.
‘No, we’re just keeping them for someone’ the
first guy replied with a smile.
‘Okay now’ Jefa smiled back.
Several customers trooped in one after the
other and Jefa soon got busy. His first two
customers did not stay as long as expected,
they paid him and walked away by exactly two
Tarasha motioned slowly to Henry, her hand
slowly finding its way into the pockets where
she hid the knifes. Henry stood still, puzzled
as she approached him. The look in her eyes
was unexplainable as well as the atmosphere
around. Just two steps away from him, the
gate clanged and she stopped. She removed
her hand from the pocket and turned back.
Their abductors were returning.
Tarasha’s strange mood suddenly returned to
normal. Her eyes blinked severally as she let
out a deep breath, an unusual calmness
overwhelmed her .
Henry quickly walked to the window, he
opened the curtain and peeped, two of the
guys were returning inside. He motioned back
to Tarasha and grabbed her right hand. ‘We
have to get out of here’ he said and dragged
her along with him. They walked further into
the other rooms in the house, all the rooms
were dark except one that was brightened a
little by a dim torchlight. Henry picked up the
torch and pointed it round the room, looking
for something to use for their defence.
The main entrance door creaked open. The
smile on the guys’ faces changed into a deep
frown immediately as they saw that their
captives had gotten loose already.
‘D–n!’ The first guy cursed under his breath
and brought out his gun. The other man
‘I believe they are still around, we didn’t stay
long at Mallam Jefa’s.’ The second put in.
‘Afo would kill us if they escape’ the first guy
whispered. He bent down to pick something, a
wristwatch. ‘They went this way’ he said,
pointing towards the direction their captives
‘The backyard door is closed’ the other added
softly. ‘So, they must be in the house’ he
brought out a phone and turned on the
flashlight. He returned it into his pocket to
hide the light, planning to bring it out when
The guys proceeded in slow steps in the same
direction their captives took.
Tarasha sat at the corner of the room, looking
pale like an helpless person. Henry felt the
need and the responsibility to protect her. He
already found a rod, with the help of the dim
torchlight, a huge long one whose proper use
was to close tightly the door at the back.
He positioned himself behind the wall by the
entrance of the room, planning to take by
surprise anyone that enters first.
The room was silent so the slow steps and
breathings from the guys could be heard softly
by Henry as they approached the room.
Henry raised up the rod in anticipation as
someone got behind the door and touched the
handle. The person paused, Henry paused too
and strained his ear to listen. ‘You… backyard’
was all he heard. There was another pause
again, footsteps could be heard walking fast
away from the door. Then the handle was
turned and the door opened.
The first thing that entered was the ray of light
from the flashlight, then the person’s right leg
and the whole body. Henry landed the rod on
the back of the man’s head and he went down
immediately, his gun falling away, blood began
to ooze out of his head. Henry quickly
dropped the rod and picked the gun. He
checked if it was loaded and gave a brief smile
before bending to search the man’s body. He
found a phone. He squatted and began to type
‘I’ve been kidnapped, report to the police and
let them locate this phone number, that’s
where I’m kept. Henry’ Henry quickly sent a
text to his boss, Sylvester.
Sylvester hurried into the police station with
the security guard running after him.
‘Hello officers’ Sylvester greeted as he got to
the reception stand. The officers who
recognised him saluted back and gave him
attention. ‘I heard you brought in one of my
new workers to your station today’
‘When exactly?’ One of the officers asked with
‘Few hours ago, between ten am and twelve
noon’ Sylvester replied looking to the security
man for confirmation.
‘Yes’ the shivering security man replied.
‘Sir, are you sure it’s our station? We’ve not
brought anyone in today’
Sylvester turned to the guard. ‘Please explain
everything to them, the same way you
explained to him’
The guard began his explanation in details of
how the officers parked beside the
corporation and one of them approached him
and asked him questions and how they also
took Sylvester when he drove out of the gate.
‘And they said it’s Division A?’ An officer
‘Nobody has been brought in here today and
none of our officers have gone out to make an
arrest along your direction today’ the officer
spoke after checking through the records in a
‘Are you sure of what you’re saying?’ Sylvester
asked the guard again.
‘Why didn’t you tell me early ?’
‘I couldn’t get to you, so I told the secretary’
the guard replied.
‘You told Bola?’
‘But she never told me anything’ Sylvester said
and turned back to the officers. ‘Please can I
see any of your senior officers?’
‘Let’s check is anyone is available first’ one of
the officers said and walked away from the
‘Have you called the person who was arrested
on phone?’ Another officer asked.
‘Yes, his line is switched off. That’s what’s
making me alarmed, I believe I’m the first
person he’ll call if he gets into any trouble’
‘Hmm… But you’re the Boss of the Security
cameras corporation. Have you checked the
‘There’s no record. I’m suspecting that he has
been kidnapped by the same people who have
been hacking our security, I only want to
confirm if he’s here first before I make a
Sylvester’s phone vibrated in his pocket. He
brought it out and checked. It was a text
In a large uncompleted building, an
abandoned one. Boys could be seen sitting on
the window edges, smoking Indian hemp and
drinking. Another guy was parading the
compound with a cigarette in his mouth.
A policeman stood right in front of the
compound’s gate. He looked around the
environment to see if anyone was watching
him before opening the gate slowly and
‘Hey you!’ The parading guy was the first to
accost him. The other guys also jumped down
from the windows, alert. ‘What do you want?’
‘Your boss, Afo is waiting for me’ the
‘Okay’ the parading guy nodded and signaled
to the other guys while the policeman
proceeded to the building. One of the guys led
the policeman to their boss.
Afo was seated on a set of neatly arranged six
inches blocks. A half unclad lady was seated on
Afo noticed the policeman’s entrance and
engaged the girl in a kiss before dropping her
off his laps. He then smacked her on the
buttocks playfully before asking her to excuse
The policeman turned to look at the girl
walking away and she eyed him mockingly. He
turned again to look at Afo who’s body was
thrice of the girl’s He shook his head in pity
for the lady, wondering how bad she would
scream when Big Afo starts banging her
‘Miko’ Afo hailed, extending a handshake to his
‘Afo’ Miko replied unenthusiastically, still
looking at the girl who was walking slowly
away, rolling her buttocks in the process.
‘Miko!’ Afo hailed again and tapped his guest
playfully on the shoulder. ‘Do you want me to
arrange an “opeke” like this for you”
‘No’ Miko shook his head in disagreement. ‘I
don’t need that’
‘Well, that’s your problem’ Afo brought out a
cigarette and his lighter. ‘Why have you come
here in your uniform today?’
‘There was no time for me to change before
coming, I had to come like this’
‘Okay, so what have you come here for?’
‘What have I come here for?’ The officer asked
with a look of surprise on his face. ‘Didn’t we
have an agreement?’
‘What agreement?’ Afo asked, blowing some
smoke into the air.
‘Come on Afo. Didn’t I release a car and some
uniforms to you today?’
‘Oh! That?’ Afo feigned surprise.
‘Yes, I’ve come to get it. That’s our agreement’
‘Ermm… It’s true. That’s our agreement, but…’
‘But what?’ Miko was getting impatient.
‘I still want to use it’
‘No, I have to leave here with everything now’
Miko disagreed boldly.
‘Calm down Miko, I’ll triple your money’
‘It’s not about money, I’ll get into trouble if I
don’t return with them this evening’
‘Then don’t return at all’ Afo said coldly.
‘What do you mean?’
‘Go somewhere else’
‘No, I can’t ‘
‘No, the police would find me anywhere I run
to hide’ Miko retorted.
‘I know somewhere where they won’t find you,
I can help you get there’
‘I’m not…’ Miko couldn’t complete his
statement as a bullet sank into the back of his
‘Take out the idiot’ Afo commanded the same
guy who shot from the back.
Afo took in another large amount of smoke as
turned back. He picked out his phone and
dialed a number. ‘Mr. Dare’
‘Afo’ Dare answered from the other end.
‘How far? Hope you’ll keep to time, we are
expecting you by 4pm like you said’
‘No, I’m sorry’ Dare sounded down. ‘My Dad
just called me, he wants me to meet with him
after work immediately’
‘It’s okay, so should we still wait for you?’
‘No please, drop the both of them’
‘You can do that immediately, make sure that
their death is slow and painful, especially for
the man. And do make sure that their bodies
are never found’
‘Okay, I will ensure that’ the call ended. Afo
dipped the phone back into his pocket and
finished the stick of cigarette before
proceeding out of the uncompleted building.
‘Come, let’s get out of here’ Henry motioned
Evelyn who was already coming towards him.
They locked hands and crossed over the dead
body at the entrance of the room. They began
to head back in direction of the main door,
Henry leading the way and guiding her with his
‘I can’t find them anywhere.’ Henry and Evelyn
paused as they got to the first room where
they were tied before. The man who had gone
to check the backyard was returning through
Henry cocked his gun, he made Evelyn to hide
behind his body and got set to take down the
approaching enemy. The door opened and the
guy came in unsuspecting, a bullet entered
into his chest immediately.
Henry jumped up and rejoiced with Tarasha as
the second enemy fell flat. ‘Let’s get out of
here now’ he said to Tarasha who was looking
They opened the door and began to run to the
gate. The gate creaked, Evelyn and Henry
paused in fear. Then the gate began to open
slowly, a car was behind. Their fears were
confirmed, Afo and his other men had
Afo continued to hit his revolver on his palm
in a rhythmic manner as he revolved around
the escaping captives. ‘So what were you trying
to do?’ He shouted at them.
Evelyn clung to Henry’s arm like a scared child.
They were surrounded by four armed men
who stared at them without pity.
‘How did you cut the ropes and knock out
those two guys?’ Afo asked again, taking a look
at each of his men. ‘Or did they compromise?’
Afo moved closer to Henry and Tarasha. He
placed his gun on Henry’s nose and Henry
froze in fear. ‘You’re brave right?’ Afo
continued to taunt. ‘I would have killed you
right now, but I’ll take you inside first, for two
reasons. First, I don’t have a silencer here and
secondly, I was ordered to make your death
slow and painful’
He pushed Henry backwards on the nose with
the gun and moved to Tarasha. ‘Hmm…’ Afo
licked his lips wickedly. He placed the gun on
her forehead and dragged it down her nose,
lips to her neck. He then used his left hand to
pull down her jacket’s zip revealing her inner
armless top. ‘You seem to have a nice body’ he
said as he stared at the curves on her chest.
Afo dipped his hand in his pocket and picked
out a knife. He placed it on Tarasha’s top and
began to cut it downwards.
Henry couldn’t stand what his brain was
communicating to him, this was the same
thing he had seen some years ago and it was
replaying again. His sister’s clothes was torn
on that fateful day with a knife too, but the
difference was that his sister was held by two
Then recognition hit him, he remembered
Afo. Afo was also one of the men who had
joined Dare in assaulting and murdering his
sister back in the university. Hormones rushed
into his brain, his eyes was filled with anger
and his body vibrated as he tried to hold
Afo was getting down to the b—-t level when
Henry sent a blow to his hand, making the
knife fall off.
All eyes turned to him. Afo smiled, surprised
by his audacity. ‘B—–d!’ Afo cursed as he
sent a blow to Henry’s chest and followed it up
by using the butt on his head. Henry lost
Afo smiled and turned back to Tarasha. She
began to move backwards slowly like someone
who was deeply terrified. Afo’s boys formed a
wall at her back to prevent her from further
moment. The look on her face was like that of
an helpless child.
‘Please, I’ll give you my body. Don’t hurt me’
she spoke in a pleading manner, trying to buy
more time. ‘Let’s go inside and I’ll submit
myself to you’
‘I don’t need you to submit yourself or give
yourself to me. I’m taking you by myself’ Afo
He moved close to her and stretched his hand
towards her torn inner top. She stopped him
with her palm.
Surprisingly, he couldn’t push further. It was
as if the strength in the girls arm was equal to
his own. He felt insulted and motioned his
hand to slap her but she dodged. She bent
down and delivered an uppercut to his g—n.
The huge man fell on one knee, wincing in
Tarasha’s defense of her self took Afo’s men
by surprise and before they could react
properly Tarasha had driven a knife into the
big Afo’s right foot, sticking him to the ground
and she was holding his neck with another
knife close to it.
‘His head would come down if anyone moves
or c—s his gun’ Tarasha gave a serious
warning to Afo guys who were pointing a gun
at her. Blood was already dripping from Afo’s
neck as the knife was so close to his skin.
Afo made signals to his men with his eyes,
scared to talk and deepen the knife’s entrance
into his neck. His men gradually began to put
down their guns.
‘Good. Bring them over here’ Tarasha
motioned one of the guys to pack all the guys
and drop the guns close to where she stood.
‘Now remove every other weapon you have
Afo’s men raised up their hands in a
surrendering fashion, trying to communicate
that they had no other weapon with them.
Tarasha stared at them for a moment,
scrutinizing their pockets from her point.
‘You’ she signified to the one at the middle
with her head. ‘Take out that revolver behind
The guy in the middle was shocked, he used
his hand to beat his chest to confirm if she was
really talking to him.
‘Yes, Idio*t! Take out that revolver inside your
trouser. The guy quickly loosened his belt and
dipped in his hand to bring out the gun. He
threw it where the other guns were and raised
back his hands. ‘Now, turn your backs’ Tarasha
ordered and the guns turned immediately.
‘Okay…’ She said, searching their bodies with
her eyes. ‘Take him into your car’ she ordered
them to lift Henry into the car.
‘When you place him at the back, then drive
the car down here’ she ordered again, bending
down to pick a gun.
She stared at them one after the other, she
felt the urge to drop each of them. But no, it
would only cause more problems. It may get
her deeply involved with the police which she
needed to avoid. The car was parked right
beside her with Henry laid on the back seat.
The driver came out and joined the rest of his
men whose hands were raised up.
Mallam Jefa was surprised at the manner at
which the red car who had just driven into his
neighbour’s compound drove out of the gate
recklessly. The car had just gotten to the front
of his shop when it stopped and the new
driver, a lady came out of the car. She turned
round to check the tyres, the right back one
was bad. She entered back into the car and
drove off without bothering to change it
Jefa rubbed his eyes vigorously, he couldn’t
believe what he was seeing. ‘Have I seen that
lady before?’ He mumbled to himself as he
walked out of his store and stood at the side
of the road. His customers that were
unattended to were already getting surprised
at why he abandoned them to peep a car
whose movement or owner wasn’t his
‘No, it… can’t be’ Jefa mumbled to himself
again as his body vibrated all over. Urine
began to pass out of his body involuntarily. He
raced back into his store and hurriedly rolled
out a bike.
‘Mallam Jefa, what are you doing with my
bike?’ Someone shouted at him.
Jefa ignored and started the engine, he sped
off immediately in the same direction the car
Sylvester arrived at the black gate in his car
with two police vans at his back exactly by
three thirty pm. The police officers jumped
off immediately and some rushed to Mallam
Jefa’s store. Boys who were smoking, drinking
and eating at the store began to run helter
skelter to evade police arrest. The officers
were able to capture quite a number of them.
Some officers had already launched into the
building. The compound seemed empty but
there were traces of blood and signs of a fight.
Three officers proceeded into the building
carefully. The saw a body laying face flat,
lifeless on the floor. The body was turned
upward and the police took note of the bullet
sent into the chest.
‘Is he?’ One officer spoke in a very low voice
to his companion.
The other replied in negative with a wave of
‘I think the victim was previously tied up here’
another officer said in a low voice, picking up
the ropes. ‘But it doesn’t look like it was only
one person who was tied up’
‘Maybe this was also one of the victims’ an
officer suggested, pointing to the lifeless body
with bullet in the chest.
‘I hope not’. The officers began to proceed
with caution into the others rooms in the
building. Two other men were called to join
them from outside the building. A loud groan
‘Did you hear that?’ An officer asked as the
groan came again.
‘Some people are surely inside this house and
they’re unaware of our presence.’ The officers
dispersed themselves into the other rooms
with great determination to find the criminals.
‘Doc, you have to stop that treatment for now’
Audu, a long bearded stout man who was
second in command to Afo spoke.
Afo who laid on the bed receiving treatment
turned to Audu in surprise, demanding an
explanation with the look in his eyes. Afo’s
neck injury which had cleaned but not
bandaged made it difficult for him to turn his
head. The Doctor also demanded an
‘The police are around, they’re in the main
building and we could attract them here if we
keep making loud sounds’
Afo nodded in agreement. The Doctor turned
to Afo, ‘would you try to maintain calm while I
‘What the hell is maintain calm?’ Afo slammed
at him as he tried to sit up. ‘The injury is so
painful, I can’t keep quiet completely. We
have to wait for the police to leave’
With that, the Doctor got up from the bedside,
picked up his instruments and walked away.
Afo turned back to Audu. ‘Is the underground
door properly locked?’
‘Yes, it is. The police would never notice that
there’s a door there’ Audu replied confidently.
‘I don’t just want them to have a clue that
there’s an underground facility’
‘That’s right’ Afo commented, getting up to his
feet. He hopped in pain to the fridge and took
out a bottle of water.
‘You should have brought those idiots to this
place’ Audu spoke after watching Afo gulp
down the whole contents of the bottle.
‘I underestimated them’ Afo replied with a
tone of regret. ‘I didn’t expect such strength
from a girl’
‘It will be difficult to kill them now. They
would be more careful and the police would
also keep an eye on them’
‘I know, we have to inform Dare to be careful’
Afo picked up his phone and sat back on the
bed. His phone rang before he could dial
‘Hello Dare, I was about to call you’
‘Yes, how far Afo?’ Dare’s voice came
cheerfully. ‘Did you record their shouts and
‘I’m sorry Dare, they escaped’ Afo spoke in a
‘They did what???’
‘They are also aware that you’re behind this.
So be careful please. I promise to make it up
to you’ Afo ended the call without waiting to
hear another reply.
‘What’s that?’ Jubril Lawal asked as he walked
down the stairs of the duplex. Dare was
unaware that his he raised his voice loud
enough for someone else to hear.
‘Nothing Dad, nothing.’ Dare put on a fake
smile and stood up to welcome his Dad.
‘You’re sure there’s nothing wrong?’ Dare
nodded. ‘Then who were you talking to?’ Jubril
Dare stared at his father, the unwillingness to
answer the question was clearly seen on his
Jubril smiled. ‘Don’t worry son, you don’t need
to give me a reply, it’s not my business
Dare gave a forced smile.
‘So how’s work?’ The father asked.
‘Fine sir, how about yours?’
‘Fine also’ Jubril smiled again.
Dare was feeling uneasy. His Dad’s smiles
were unusual and getting too much. ‘You said
you wanted to see me’
‘Yes son. It’s my birthday next tomorrow and
I’ve decided to organize a banquet’ Jubril
paused, allowing Dare to absorb the first part
of the information. ‘I’m inviting my friends
and business partners. So I want you to work
with Debo in organizing the banquet for me’
Dare found it hard to believe what he just
heard. He was tempted to almost ask if his
father was just marking a joke. ‘You want to
organize a banquet?’ He asked softly.
‘Yes son, what do you think?’ Jubril Lawal
paused and stared straight into his son’s eyes.
Tarasha drove unusually slow, for three
reasons. Firstly, she was sure that Afo and his
guys weren’t after them. The second reason
was that she wasn’t with her phone, it had
been seized by Afo’s men, so she had no GPS
to find the right way home. The third and
most important reason was Henry’s
unconsciousness, she could not hit the main
road that way without confrontation from the
police or other security officials.
Tarasha began to notice a bike trailing slowly
behind them. Could it be one of Afo’s men
who was following them? She thought. Or was
it just a coincidence.
Henry sneezed twice. Tarasha’s heart was
gladdened and she quickly brought the car to a
halt at front of a Catholic cathedral.
‘What… happened?’ Henry managed to ask as
he sat up. He placed a palm on his forehead as
he was suffering from a serious headache.
‘Some passersby came to our aid’ Tarasha lied.
‘Passersby? What about the police?’ Henry
asked, joining her at the front seat. He didn’t
wait for a reply before he continued. ‘Did they
do anything to you?’ He asked taking Tarasha’s
palms in his.
‘No’ she replied with a smile.
‘I’m sorry I couldn’t protect you’ Henry
apologized with a sorry face but then, he
noticed that Tarasha’s attention was divided.
She was looking into the front mirror. ‘What’s
that?’ Henry peeped to see what she was
‘Nothing’ she covered up with a smile.
‘Are they still following us?’ Henry asked,
undeceived by the smile.
Tarasha was not listening to him again, her
eyes was on someone who was walking into
the church compound beside them.
‘Can you give me just a minute?’ She said and
opened the door. She stepped out in a hurry
and followed into the cathedral’s gate.
Tarasha opened the gate slowly and walked in.
Her eyes did the searching work, she could
see several Reverend sisters walking in and
out of the church. She spotted the man who
dropped from the bike previously trailing
their car. Somewhere by the right side, the
man was on the floor with his face buried in
his knees. The statue of a mother carrying a
baby was right in front of him. She could hear
him sobbing as she got closer.
Jefa could feel her approaching, he could hear
the silent footsteps in his mind. He knew she
would come, his spirit told him so. He turned
back to face her with tears in his eyes, their
Tarasha could not understand what she felt as
their eyes met. The man’s eyes communicated
so much longing, it seemed that he had just
seen something he had been searching for
ages. Tarasha’s closed her eyes and shook her
head to wave off the feeling, it could just be a
tactic of the enemy. She dipped her hand into
her pocket and it touched the knife as she
moved closer. A hand touched her shoulder.
‘Evelyn, what are you doing?’ Henry asked,
staring at the man weeping few metres in
front of her.
‘Nothing’ she turned back to face him, wiggling
her hair backwards.
‘Let’s go please’ he took her hands in his and
led her back.
‘Are we going back to Elymax?’ She asked.
‘No’ he gave her a surprised look. ‘We’ll go to
the police station, then likely to the camera’s
security corps house’
Tarasha sighed and followed him reluctantly. ‘I
have a business deal to seal tomorrow’
Jefa sniffed in severally as he stared at them
walking out. ‘Do they work in Elymax?’ He
asked himself, as that was the only thing he
got from their conversation. He got up from
his knees slowly and followed after them
outside the gate, ignoring the Reverend sister
who was approaching him.
‘How come you found no one there?’ Sylvester
barked at the officers. ‘The signal leads us
directly to this place’
‘Maybe you should check again, the location
may have changed’ an officer suggested
‘Or call the number’ another officer offered.
‘The number was not going through the last
time I tried to call it’ Sylvester said,
attempting to dial the number again.
‘Then you have to locate them again’
‘It’s connecting now’ Sylvester announced,
hushing everyone. He brought out another
phone which he could use to determine the
location immediately the call was answered.
‘Mr Henry’ Sylvester’s eyes shone brightly as
the call was answered. ‘Where are you?’
Sylvester asked, confirming the location on his
second phone also. ‘Just find somewhere safe
and wait there, we’ll meet you in ten minutes’
Mallam Jefa was still in his sober state when
he returned to his store. His eyes were still
full of tears as he walked in through the back
door. Jefa noticed that there was no one in
the store as he entered. All his goods were
still intact except for some cups and plates
that were displaced and found on the floor.
That was unusual. He turned his gaze to the
sitting area, it was sure from the look of things
that his customers had left the place in
commotion and panic. There were bottles of
unfinished beer on the floor, unfinished food
on the table, and packets of untouched
cigarettes. Maybe a fight occurred, he thought.
No, it couldn’t be a fight. Some people would
have stayed back after settling the fight.
Whatever it was, Jefa was less concerned now.
He had just found his long lost sister.
He let out a deep sigh as he sank into one of
the visitors seat and thronged his head
backwards. Omotara had not only maintained
the same face she had when she was young,
she also maintained the same manner of
walking and voice. Only that everything now
looked and sounded mature.
*** FLASHBACK ***
May 17, 2014
Jeffery watched in tears as their house razed
in flames, the remains of his parents and two
younger brothers burning in it. He and the
remnant of his family were put in a large bus
with several other kids in it, most of them
weeping uncontrollably for the loss of their
families too. The bus had no seats except for
the driver’s, so the kids were made to sit and
lie on the ground.
Jeffery eyes met with his younger brother’s
where the boy was kept in the same section
with his age mates. The lad, who was next
after Omotara had no tears in his eyes like the
other kids, he just stood still with his arms
folded, mouth pouted and a mean face.
Jeffery, as the oldest son felt the need to
protect the remaining two left of his younger
ones, but how he will do that was a mystery to
him. With the mean looking men in the bus
with them, he wasn’t even sure of where they
were been taken to or what they were going
to be used for.
Jeffery’s eyes kept wandering around and he
found Tara, seated on the floor and soaked in
her tears. The blood stains on her clothes
were visible and thick enough to make one
throw up at the sight.
The bus entered a pothole and shook, some of
the kids who were standing fell heavily to the
floor. Soon, a rhythmic cry soon begun from
the set of younger ones. The terrorists had no
problem with the noise, the bus was sound
Jerry was still standing, he didn’t fall like the
others, only a few staggers and he was back on
his feet. Neither did he learn any lesson and
decide to sit even when Jeffery was making
signals for him to sit.
Jeffery got up and peeped through the
window, a knock landed on his head, sending
him back immediately. He held his head and
winced in pain as he sat back on the floor. He
glanced at one of his age mates who sat by his
side and was pinching him. The look on the
boys face was a question of what Jeffery saw
‘They’ve taken us out of town already’ Jeffery
whispered. ‘But I don’t know where they’re
taking us to’
After some minutes, the bus came to a halt
and the door was opened. Two of the men
standing in the bus with them stepped out.
Soon, Jeffery could hear the men speaking to
some others in Hausa language which he
couldn’t understand then.
The men returned into the bus after two
minutes and began to usher out some of the
kids. Jerry was one of the kids taken out of the
bus. Jeffery stood up in panic and peeped
through the window. The kids were being
ushered into another bus, a smaller one.
‘Kai’ was all he heard as his head was hit by the
butt of a gun. He began to see stars as he fell
slowly to the floor, his eyes met with
Omotara’s eyes and then he blacked out. That
was the last time he saw his siblings.
He woke up several hours later to find himself
laying on the floor in a room with other
teenagers like himself. He struggled to sit up
and glanced at their faces one after the other.
He refrained from asking questions, it was
obvious that they were all captives of the
same terrorist group.
‘Are you crazy?’ A policeman stood at Jefa’s
Jefa looked up and found himself surrounded
by six officers. ‘What?’ He asked.
‘Are you Mallam Jefa, the owner of this store?’
‘Your attention is needed at our station’ the
officer said as he brought the handcuffs
8am, next morning
Henry stretched and yawned like a new born
baby on the bed. The event of the day before
had weakened him so much that he had slept
for almost twelve hours, something he had
not done in years. He sat up and pressed the
button beside the bed and the room was
brightened by the white bulb. Henry’s mouth
opened in surprise as he looked around the
large room. He had been too tired to notice
how large and beautiful the room was when
he was ushered in the last night. He never
imagined that there was such a well furnished
room in the corporation’s quarters.
A phone rang on the stool beside the bed. He
picked it up and checked the caller. It was an
unsaved number. Who owned the phone and
why was it by his side? He wondered. Maybe it
was placed there for his use, he thought as he
finally answered the call.
‘Good morning Mr Henry’ Sylvester’s voice
‘Good morning sir’ Henry replied.
‘How was your night? Hope you’re feeling
better right now?’
‘Yes, thanks. I’m feeling quite better’
‘Alright, I called to inform you that some
officers would come and pick you guys for
medical check up in twenty minutes time and
they’ll likely ask you some questions about
‘But… How will they come pick us for check up
in thirty minutes time? I’m just waking up and
I’m feeling very hungry now’
‘Your bath water and breakfast has been
prepared already. Go and inform your
girlfriend about all I’ve said so that she can
His girlfriend? Henry wondered as he got up
from the bed. He knew that Sylvester was
referring to Evelyn as his girlfriend and he
smiled at the thought that people were
already taking them to be lovers. He put on a
shirt and a short and walked out of his room
to the next room where Evelyn slept. He
waved at the maids moving around as he faced
the entrance of the room.
He let out a deep sigh before he rapped on
the door and waited for a response. He
knocked again after getting no response at the
expected time, he leaned on the door and
placed his ear to the door to listen if there
was any movement in the room. He knocked
again, this time louder. Could it be that
Tarasha was still deeply asleep?
He placed his hand on the door knob and
noticed that it was loose, a sign that the door
was not locked. He turned it and opened the
door slowly, poking his head in to peep. The
room was neat and well kept but no one was
in it. He walked further inside and closed the
door behind. ‘Evelyn’ he called as he
proceeded towards the bed. He checked the
floor beside the bed, there was no sign of
Evelyn. ‘Evelyn, are you in?’ He called again as
he approached the restroom. He opened and
entered into it, Evelyn was nowhere to be
found. His heart began to beat faster as he
proceeded out of the room.
‘Has anyone seen Evelyn this morning?’ He
asked the maid cleaning up the living room.
‘The lady you came in with last night?’ The
maid asked to be sure. Henry nodded. ‘She
should be in her room. She just woke up when
I was mopping the passage’
‘When was that?’ Henry asked.
‘About one hour ago, I saw her peeping
outside through the door and I approached
her to ask if she needed anything. She asked
me to make her a cup of hot tea’
‘Is that all?’
‘Yes, I’ve not seen her since I made her tea.’
The maid paused and placed a hand on her
waist. ‘Is she not in the room?’ She asked with
a raised eyebrow.
‘Yes’ Henry replied as he dialed a number on
the phone with him. ‘Join me check if she’s
around the house’
Tarasha adjusted her skirt properly in front of
the mirror and brushed her hair backwards
before putting on the suit jacket. She sat on
the bed to put on the heeled shoes and got up
to check the mirror again. She was looking
smart and ready for the meeting.
Her plan was simple. Strike a deal with the
man and make him take her to his cotton farm
which she had already sent Benny and Cole to
survey and fix several possible escape routes
for her. She had made her investigation and
found out that the only place Jubril Lawal went
without his bodyguard and thugs was his
farms. That was the best place to end the
man’s life without any struggle.
Tarasha sat back in the bed and placed her
laptop on her lap, she opened it up and
pressed the boot button. After the laptop
came on, she opened her contact book and
searched for Jubril’s number dialing it on the
phone she had taken from the maid’s pocket
in the camera’s corporation house.
‘Good morning Mr Jubril’ she said as soon as
the call was answered.
‘Good morning Miss Evelyn’ Jubril recognised
her voice immediately. ‘What happened to
your line? I’ve been trying to reach you’
‘I lost the phone, I had to borrow someone’s
phone to call you’
‘Oh! Sorry about that’
‘Thank you sir’ Tarasha said, clearing her
throat. ‘I’ll be on my way for our meeting in
few minutes time, I just want to…’
‘Humm…’ Jubril interrupted. ‘That’s one of the
reasons I’ve been trying to reach you. The
meeting would no longer hold this morning’
Tarasha sighed loudly.
‘I’m sorry but I sent something to your email
since I couldn’t reach you on phone. My
birthday is tomorrow and I’m organizing a
banquet in the evening. Let’s meet there,
maybe we can finalize our discussion
immediately after the celebration’
‘Okay’ Tarasha seemed less enthusiastic. ‘How
do I attend?’
‘Just check your email inbox, I’ve instructed
my PA to forward every detail to you. I even
asked him to organize a personal car that
would bring you from your location to the
‘Oh! Thanks. I’ll check my mailbox’ Tarasha said
and ended the call. She flung the phone on the
bed and bent to take off her shoes. Then she
fell back into the bed, thinking. Jubril Lawal’s
case had tarried for long, the banquet was
going to be a perfect opportunity for her. She
began to draw up plans in her mind. She
wouldn’t accept his transport plans, No. She
would hire a car by herself and Cole would be
‘Evelyn is nowhere around ’ Henry said as he
walked back into the house with his search
‘Did you check the whole compound?’ the voice
at the other end asked.
‘Yes, I searched with the maids and the
security men’ Henry answered, motioning back
towards the room.
‘Okay, let me check what we have from the
cameras’ Sylvester said before hanging up.
Henry was about to enter into his room when
he looked at the door to Tarasha’s room and
noticed that the position had changed from
how it was left. He closed back the door and
proceeded towards the room. He touched the
knob, it was tight this time, it was locked. Had
someone else gone in? Henry knocked.
The door was opened in few seconds and
Henry was surprised to meet Tarasha still
clothed in her night gown. His mouth was left
‘Good morning’ she greeted first, leaving the
door opened for him. She returned to the
‘Where have you been?’ Henry walked in
without responding to her greeting. ‘We’ve
been searching for you everywhere’
‘I’ve been in this room’ Tarasha replied him,
‘But I was here some minutes ago, I searc…’
‘Yes, you searched everywhere in the room
and also the restroom and you called my
name several times without getting a
response’ Tarasha interrupted.
‘Were you really in the room?’ Henry’s eyes
‘Why were you searching for me?’ Tarasha
asked, trying to change the topic.
A maid appeared at the entrance off the
room, peeping through the opened door. She
seemed surprise to see Tarasha.
‘Come’ Henry motioned her in. ‘Did you know
she was in?’
‘I told you I saw her earlier today and that she
should be in her room’
‘But I searched around and couldn’t find her’
Henry retorted. He turned to Tarasha, ‘were
you really in the room?’
‘Yes’ Tarasha answered bluntly. ‘I was in the
‘Meditating?’ Henry repeated, still finding it
hard to believe.
‘Yes, that’s why I couldn’t answer you, you don’t
speak to anyone in the process’
‘Meditating? The Hindu way?’
‘Kind of’ Tarasha smiled.
‘That’s strange’ Henry frowned. ‘I thought you
were not religious at all’
‘Ermm…’ Tarasha stammered. ‘But I do believe
in meditation, it helps to calm the soul’
‘Mr Henry’ someone called from outside,
diverting their attention. ‘The police officers
are here to pick you’
‘You have to dress up and prepare, we are
going for medical check-up’ Henry said to
Tarasha as he left the room. The door was
‘Thanks for your help’ Tarasha smiled at the
‘No problem’ the maid smiled back.
‘Here’s your phone’ Tarasha said handing her a
‘Alright, so when are you going to see me?’ The
maid demanded for her payment as she took
back her phone.
‘Humm…’ Tarasha stood up and dipped her
hand into her pocket, like someone who was
searching for money. Suddenly she grabbed
the maid by the neck and injected a fluid into
the maid’s arm. The maid fell down
unconscious immediately. Tarasha dragged the
body into the restroom and laid her on the
floor, she brought out some money and stuck
it into the maid’s pocket before leaving the
restroom. The maid had been injected with
benryl and would forget everything that
happened in the last two hours by the time
she woke up.
Henry continued to steal glances at Tarasha as
they headed for the police station to take don
their statement. The officer who drove the car
drove slowly thereby prolonging the journey
and the moment of silence between Henry
Henry’s phone disrupted their peace. ‘Hello’
Henry answered the incoming call.
‘I couldn’t find anything on the tapes’ Sylvester
said with a note of tiredness after being asked
several times by Henry to check and cross
‘Don’t bother, I didn’t check well, she was in
the restroom’ Henry said, stealing a glance at
Tarasha, their eyes met.
‘So why were you now disturbing me to cross
check several times?’ Sylvester asked angrily.
‘Erm…’ Henry stammered. He couldn’t give an
answer as he did not want Evelyn to get the
impression that he was doubting her.
Tarasha gave a short smile which later turned
into a frown. She understood his trick but was
not bothered. It was just a day left for her to
complete her mission and she would
disappear from him and from Abuja. She’ll kill
him immediately if he happens to resurface
anytime or tries to cause trouble for her.
‘Oh!’ Henry exclaimed as Sylvester reminded
him of the job he was supposed to give a
report for by the next day. ‘Thanks for helping
me start the job. I’ll report to the office once
we leave the police station’
The drive to Division A lasted for fifteen
minutes more. Evelyn and Henry were
ushered into the station immediately. After
taking down a written statement, they were
ushered into another office for interrogation.
The interrogator, an officer in his early thirties
walked into the room carrying a tablet device
in his hands.
‘Hi, I’m officer Ken ’ He introduced himself,
shaking the hands of the duo. ‘You’re Henry
and Evelyn, right?’ The two nodded in
agreement. ‘I want you guys to tell us all you
know so that we can nab those criminals’ Ken
continued, checking through his device for the
list of questions he already compiled. ‘How
were you taken?’ He began.
Henry started first. He explained how the
kidnappers had dressed like policemen and
come to arrest him with a fake Identity card,
he also explained how they made him lead
them to Evelyn. After him, Tarasha also gave
her own account of the abduction.
Several other questions were asked after that
and henry and Tarasha took turns to reply
each question, most times individually.
‘Who were those that you say helped you?’ Ken
asked one of his final questions.
‘The kidnappers let us go’ Tarasha said,
‘They released you and gave you the car to
‘Yes, I believe that they were ordered by the
person who sent them. They released us after
a big man entered and spoke in Hausa
language to them’
‘Hmm…’ Ken sighed as he took down notes.
Henry was staring at Tarasha in surprise. She
had told him that passersby helped them and
not that they were freed by the kidnappers
‘The man was somewhat like a boss to them’
Tarasha quickly added. ‘He entered into the
compound violently so I first thought that they
were just passersby who heard our screams
outside. It was later I realised that they were
of the group’
Henry became calmer after Tarasha’s
explanation but she still had some
explanations to do to him. Why didn’t she tell
him the whole story?
Ken gave a signal to one of the junior officers
standing beside him. The junior officer
nodded and left through the back exit. He
returned in two minutes time with Mallam
‘Was this man a part of the kidnappers?’
‘No’ Henry answered. He stared at Tarasha’s
face for confirmation.
‘No, he isn’t’ Tarasha confirmed, staring at the
man who she remembered was trailing behind
them as they escaped.
‘Okay, you can process his release’ Officer Ken
said to the junior officer.
‘Please, I have something to say’ Jefa shouted
as the junior officer tried to take him away.
All eyes focused on Jefa. ‘Bring him back’ Ken
said. Mallam Jefa was returned back to his
position. ‘Yes, what do you want to say?’
Tears formed in Jefa’s eyes as he opened his
mouth to begin. He let out a deep breath.
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‘So what’s the Boss’s instruction now?’ Benny
asked joining Cole and Aisha in the living
‘You are to act as a backup for her in the
banquet, you step in case anything unexpected
comes up. We’ll all be communicating through
our devices, your Bluetooth piece should not
leave your ear’
‘Okay. How do I get to attend the banquet?’
Benny asked, taking his seat. ‘I believe there’ll
be a ban of entry of uninvited guests’
‘Tarasha would work out your invitation card,
so you won’t encounter any problem entering
into the hall’ Cole answered his questions
before proceeding with the rest of the
instruction to Aisha. ‘Your job is to monitor
the switch off the streets cameras when if we
give the order. There’ll be a tracker on the
Lamborghini, you have to keep monitoring our
location both with the cameras and the
tracker. If you notice any strange movement
or someone following us through the
streaming, you have to let us know
‘Boss is almost doing this job individually’
Aisha hissed playfully. ‘So don’t you like it like
this? You want us to be so involved like we
were in the last job? Her methods are so
daring and dangerous’
‘Yes, so dangerous but I do think I love them’
Cole said thoughtfully.
‘Yes, I’m beginning to love her methods too.
Its making us gain more experience’ Benny
‘Too dangerous’ Aisha insisted with a playful
frown on her face.
‘Lazy girl, just make sure you do your job well
tomorrow’ Cole teased as she walked away
from the living room. He turned to Benny
with a serious face, looking like he just
remembered something important. ‘Benny,
there’s something I’ve not told you. The
banquet is taking place at Jubril Lawal’s
mansion and there may be serious security
protocols there. One very important thing the
Boss wants you to do is to smuggle in the guns
she might be making use of. You have to find a
way to pass through the security stands
without the machines detecting you have guns
‘Wow! How am I supposed to do that?’ Benny
widened his eyes. ‘That would only happen if
I’m able to get to the control base of the
security doors and deactivate the detecting of
‘If that’s the only option, then you have to do
‘Huh?’ Benny stared at him in surprise. ‘Do you
know how many security guys would be
present at Jubril Lawal’s doorpost? Am I
supposed to fight all of them?’
‘Eh!’ Cole hushed him. ‘Stop whining already. I
believe the Boss has her own plans. Her
instruction was that I should tell you to begin
to think of a way to do it’
Benny shook his head in disbelief. Cole
continued talking, ‘she also said you have to
come in first without any gun and find her
during the party, she’ll give you more
‘Can’t she take in the guns herself?’ Benny
‘She won’t be free to move in and out of the
party. Remember she’s a special guest and
would have a lot of business people to meet
and friends to make’ Cole answered.
Benny sighed. ‘Don’t get all worked up Ben,
she only wants to get you prepared. I’m sure
she’ll be able to get the job done without guns’
‘Then why is she asking for guns then?’
‘Because she doesn’t want to take chances’ Cole
slammed at him. He was getting irritated by
Benny’s sissy behaviour.
‘Why the hell is she even passing information
through you to me?’ Benny shouted back.
‘Her phone is lost and she has only my
number offhand’ Cole replied, purposely to
Benny hissed. He got up from the sofa and
began to walk away slowly, shaking his head.
Her ways were too dangerous truly. How does
she expect him to take in guns past machines
that were designed to detect them?
‘What do you have to say?’ Inspector Ken
repeated to Jefa.
‘She..sh..sh..’ Jefa stammered and paused
again, facing Tarasha.
‘She did what?’ Ken snapped impatiently.
‘She was the one who drove out the car
yesterday, I saw her’ Jefa finally said,
‘Is that all?’ Ken asked.
Jefa nodded. ‘Please take him back and return
his belongings to him, let him go’ Ken
dismissed the junior officer.
‘That man sells food and drinks just at the
front of the building you were kept in’ Ken
said to Tarasha and Evelyn just as Jefa and the
junior officer left.
‘Oh! I see…’ Henry muttered.
‘So, who do you suspect?’ Ken directed his
question toward Henry.
‘Ermm… I do have suspects from two sides.
First, from Samantha Osman’ Henry began.
Tarasha glanced at his face.
‘Which Samantha Osman?’ Ken asked.
‘Same unpopular one, who carried out two
notable assassinations recently’
‘Okay, go ahead’ Ken relaxed back on his chair
‘I’ve been working on locating her recently,
that’s why I was brought to Abuja’ Henry
continued. ‘She might have gotten signals of
my job and decided to come for me’
‘She killed the officers and the special US
agent that tried to locate her the other time.
Why did she now free you after capturing you
‘I believe it’s because she found out that I’m
no longer working on locating her’
‘You’re no longer working on that?’
‘Yes, it’s complicated, we had to quit it. We’re
working on blocking her from manipulating
the CCTV systems for now’
‘Hmmm…’ Ken leaned forward. ‘Who is the
‘Dare Jubril Lawal’ Henry looked into Evelyn’s
eyes as he mentioned
‘Huh? Why is he a suspect?’
Henry stared at Evelyn, as if to askfor
confirmation whether to go on or not. The
look in her eyes discouraged him. ‘He
threatened me recently’ henry gave an
indirect reason. ‘He thinks I’m dating Evelyn
‘Hmm? She isn’t your girlfriend?’ Ken asked in
surprise. ‘The report we got was that you were
kidnapped alongside with your girlfriend’ He
turned to Evelyn.
‘I’m not his girlfriend’ Evelyn spoke,
mentioning her words slowly, one after the
other. ‘We’re friends who just met recently’
she glanced at Henry. Henry nodded in
‘Unbeleivable!’ Ken exclaimed. Correcting his
previous notes on his tablet device. After
sometime, he looked up again. ‘Do you have
proof that could link him to the kidnap? Any
‘No’ Henry shook his head sadly.
‘Then we just have to investigate properly first
before accosting him. Stepping on the toes of
someone like Jubril Lawal is like stepping on
the government toes itself’
‘I understand’ Henry shook head slowly.
Henry was sitting alone in the living room on
the three sitter sofa, he was occupied with
something on his laptop. He didn’t quickly take
note when Tarasha walked in. His eyes were
still fixed to the laptop’s screen until Tarasha
sat beside him.
‘Hi’ Tarasha signaled.
‘Hey’ he smiled back.
‘What are you doing? I see you’ve been quite
busy since morning’ She said, shifting closer to
him to peep into the laptop.
‘Yeah, I’ve been trying to conclude some
leftover jobs. I have to give a report this
Tarasha rested back after finding nothing
meaningful to her on the laptop’s screen.
‘Well, I’ll be leaving for the banquet by four
‘Oh!’ Henry took a quick glance at his
wristwatch. ‘So you still insist on going?’
‘Yes. I have to conclude the deal, that’s what
I’m in Nigeria for’
Henry paused. He turned to Tarasha and
stared deeply into her eyes for some seconds.
‘I have this feeling that I’ve met you
somewhere else before’ he said, returning to
his laptop. ‘Something in your voice tells me
Tarasha chuckled. ‘Maybe, in your dreams’
‘Well, maybe’ Henry picked an opened jotter
and stared at a phone number written in it. ‘I
would have loved to come with you but I can’t
stand coming in contact with that murderer
again and most important is this job that I
need to finish this night’
‘It’s okay, I understand. I’ve arranged for a
driver to take me there’ Tarasha replied.
‘Just be careful’ Henry warned.
Tarasha smiled. ‘Put your mind at rest, you
have nothing to worry about’ she said. She
frowned as her eyes suddenly caught
something on Henry’s jotter. It was the phone
number Cole had used to call Jubril Lawal and
act her father, Alexander Amaechi.
She stylishly moved closer to Henry and
placed her head on his shoulder, peeping into
Henry was surprised, she had not come close
to him like that for sometime. He inhaled
deeply as he perceived the soothing fragrance
from her body. She placed her hand on his
chest and ran it under his button. He felt a
‘I wish you could follow me to the banquet’
Tarasha said, looking into his eyes. She needed
something to distract him from finishing the
job or else he’ll be disrupting her operation
‘But I can’t’ Henry replied, astonished, she
never sounded like she wanted his company
‘Can’t you postpone this job and submit
tomorrow?’ Tarasha pleaded.
‘That’ll be difficult, I already promised today’
‘But you can tell them that you have some
thing to attend to tonight and that you’ll give a
report tomorrow morning’
Henry took away her hand from his chest and
turned face to his. He stared at her with doubt
in his eyes. ‘Why do you suddenly want me to
come with you?’
Tarasha looked away from him. ‘I just felt like
I’ll be needing your company’
‘But you didn’t feel like that before’ Henry
said, taking the laptop off his lap. ‘And you
said you’ll be going with a driver’
‘Yes, but I need a friend’ Tarasha said
childishly and clutched to his chest again.
Henry let out a deep breath. He had been
looking for an opportunity to hang out with
her, could this be the right time? Was his work
worth postponing for her?
He was feeling strange about her request but
his desire to go out with her beclouded his
‘You also said that it’s a ticketed event?’
‘I have an extra ticket already’ she put in
He let out another deep breath and wrapped
his hands around her. Tarasha felt deep
warmth within her, that was a sign that he had
fallen for her trick.
Dare drove straight to the car park as he
entered in through the gate of Orex
recreational centre. He parked in a good
position as directed by the marshalls and
spent some few more minutes in the car
before opening the door and stepping out. He
looked around for any sign of those he had an
appointment with. His phone beeped.
‘In the garden’ the text message from Afo
read. Dare locked the doors carefully and
looked around to locate the garden. He put on
his face cap and proceeded at once as he
located the garden.
‘Mr Dare’ a voice spoke softly to him as he
stepped into the garden. He turned to see the
‘Over there’ the man said, pointing him to we
here Afo and Audu were seated. Dare walked
over to them immediately. He stood beside
Afo’s seat for a minute without saying anything
or getting any word from his hosts.
‘What’s the plan tonight?’ Afo finally asked.
‘I should be asking you that question’ Dare
Afo smiled. He turned to face Dare and stared
at him without saying anything.
Dare took his face away from the gaze. ‘All I
know is that she would be present in the
banquet today. You must find a way to take
her and make sure she leads you to the guy’
Dare spoke angrily and then paused. He
dipped his hand into his pocket and brought
out a picture. He threw it towards Afo and it
landed on the floor. ‘That’s both of them in
the picture, in case you don’t recognize them
Afo stamped his feet angrily on the floor and
got up as if to pounce on Dare, but he was
restrained by an unknown inner strength and
Audu’s constant warning stare at him. ‘Wetin
dey work you now, Dare?’ Afo spoke angrily in
pidgin. ‘No be today we don dey deliver for
you, why you con dey do like person wey no
know me before’
‘That’s what you’ll say, what if I’ve been
already implicated by your silly mistake?’
Afo returned to his seat and remained silent
for another couple of seconds. He picked up
the picture and carefully examined it before
tucking it into his pocket. ‘No worry, we go
handle the job tonight, we go carry the girl’
Dare cleared his throat and was about to walk
away when Audu spoke. ‘Wait’ Audu said and
got up from his seat. ‘Why don’t you let’s
tweak the plan a little bit?’
‘How?’ Dare turned back, somehow interested.
‘Trying to use the girl in tracing the guy may
not work, that girl seems stubborn and quite
difficult to handle’ Audu paused and glanced at
Afo. Afo nodded in agreement. ‘She may not
lead us to him’
‘Oh’ Dare exclaimed under his breath.
‘I think we should drop her immediately’ Audu
said. Dare and Afo stared at him in
disagreement. ‘We’ll keep the dead body in
the guy’s house to implicate him’ Audu quickly
added to ease the tension. ‘He’ll never come
out of the trouble’
‘Hmmm’ a slight smile began to appear on
Afo’s face. He glanced at Dare who was also
smiling and nodding his head as he reasoned
‘Sounds nice’ Dare said, smiling at Audu as he
took a quick glance at his wristwatch. ‘I’ve got
to go now, please make sure the job is done
that way’ Dare said with a note of finality and
walked away briskly.
‘My driver is outside already’ Tarasha called to
Henry as she stepped out of the bedroom and
walked into the living room.
‘Okay, I’m ready’ Henry answered from his
room. He came out to join Tarasha in the
sitting room few seconds later.
He stood speechless at the centre of the living
room as she turned to face him. He had never
seen such beauty emanating from anyone
else. Even with very little makeup, her fitted
short blue gown made her look more stunning
than all winners which the Miss World Beauty
Pageant had ever produced put together. He
let out a very deep breath as she stared at
As if he was aware that she was going to put
on blue, he also adorned himself in a deep
blue suit and a white inner shirt with a
butterfly bow tie to complement it.
‘Oh! I’ve been with God’s most beautiful Angel
without knowing it’ Henry exclaimed as he
moved closer to her.
He could inhale the attractive accent of her
perfume as he got closer to her. He placed his
hands around her waist and stared into her
face. She returned his stare as she placed her
hands on his shoulder.
Henry held his breath as his eyes met her
inviting lips, he felt her hold hers too. His
heartbeat increased, he could hear hers
drumming loud too.
DJ Basky rocked the atmosphere with old
school music from veteran artistes like Tu-
face, styl plus, Eldee and a host of others. The
hall was set with about 25 tables with four
chairs around each. Space was left in the
middle of the hall for dancing and other
The MC, fifty two years old comedian AY,
stepped into the stage exactly twenty minutes
past five to kick off the party. He called the
attention of the guests who were already
chatting and getting to each other.
He encouraged them to settle down as the
party before he began to opening prayer.
Jubril Lawal entered the hall with his son
immediately the opening prayer began. He
was dressed in a shiny black tuxedo suit, a
white shirt underneath and a black bowtie. He
had a fancy walking stick in his hands. Dare
was also dressed in a tuxedo suit, he wore a
black hat to complement his.
They motioned towards the table reserved for
them in the middle and settled there,
occupying two seats and leaving the other two
empty. The party continued.
Cole occasionally stole glances at Tarasha and
Henry through the top mirror as he drove
them down the road. The journey was steady
as the traffic was minimum.
The tension between the two at the back was
obvious to Cole, but Henry was the more
tensed one. He looked like someone who had
just been caught stealing red handed. Tarasha
on the other hand was chewing gum slowly
and looking out through the window.
‘What is this place called?’ Cole could hear
Tarasha whisper to Henry.
‘Asokoro’ Henry answered briefly.
‘Is everything alright?’ Tarasha asked, noticing
‘Yes, I’m fine’
‘You don’t look so’ Tarasha placed a hand on
his knee and rubbed it gently.
Henry took her hand in his and looked into
her eyes. ‘I’m sorry’ he stated.
‘Sorry about what?’ Her eyes shone mockingly
‘I didn’t mean to…’ Tarasha cut him short as
she covered his mouth with hers and engaged
him in a deep kiss.
Henry gladly welcomed it this time since she
was the initiator. He had felt embarrassed
when she broke away from him quickly after
he placed his lips on hers back in the house.
Since then, she refused to mention a word to
him until now.
It took Cole’s clearing of his throat for them to
break off from the kiss. Cole’s eyes met with
Tarasha through the top mirror, he was
waiting for orders as they had already arrived
at the event venue.
‘Oh! We’re there already’ Tarasha rested back
and straightened her cloth as they paused at
the gate. Two security officials searched the
car before allowing them entrance. They were
handed a pass ticket
‘I think she’s here’ Audu said aloud to the
other occupants of the security room. He was
cross checking the picture on his hand with the
person in the video. ‘She came with the boy’
Audu added as Afo joined him.
‘Who’s that?’ Sanyi, a dark muscular man with a
stout figure asked, trying to select the
captured area on his laptop. Sanyi was the
head of security operatives in the events
‘Nothing, just a lady that the boss asked us to
keep tabs on’ Afo replied quickly to prevent
further questioning. He turned to Audu and
spoke in low tones. ‘The guy’s presence makes
things easier for us, or what do you think?’
Audu nodded in agreement.
A couple dressed in deep blue attires stepped
out of a Lamborghini. They locked hands and
began to walk away from the car park towards
They walked out of coverage of the camera
capturing them. Audu minimized the selected
footage to the dashboard where several other
footages from other cameras could be
selected. He first clicked on one which was
capturing the couple’s backside, he and Afo
zoomed the video and studied their targets
from the back view. Another footage which
showed their front view was selected and
Audu made two screenshots.
‘Return to clip two’ Afo said to Audu. Audu
rolled the mouse at once and selected the
previous footage where the couple stepped
out of the car. A black range rover had been
parked beside it and the occupants of the
range rover were stepping out.
‘Looks like the driver is still inside that car, we
need to go check’ Audu said to Afo.
‘Yeah, I’ll call Blade to check out the car for us
now’ Afo said, taking out his phone.
Cole adjusted the car seat and rested his head
properly. He released the tie on his neck and
unbuttoned the top of the shirt. He then took
out his tablet device and powered it . The
device was still booting when he began to
notice someone’s reflection on the screen
when turned upward rightly. He sat up and
took a look at the side mirror. A tall guy
dressed as a security official was scrutinizing
the car. Their eyes met.
The tall guy walked up to the car, Cole wind up
the glass and sat upright as he waited for him.
‘Good evening sir’ the tall guy bent to talk to
Cole through the window.
‘Evening sir’ Cole replied, wondering what the
‘May I see your pass please?’ The man
Cole picked up the card from the rack and
showed it to the man. The guy nodded for him
to keep it after validation.
‘Are you going to be staying here?’ The guy
‘No, I’ll be leaving in few minutes’
‘Please do, we don’t allow people loiter
around or remain in park’
‘It’s okay, I’ll leave in the next five minutes’
‘Thanks’ the man tapped the car playfully and
Cole smiled. Just another security officer
doing his job, he thought.
‘Wow, another round of applause for the poet,
I’ve not seen such a beautiful art performance
for a long time ‘ AY the MC said as the crowd
reacted with another thunderous applause.
‘Well, while the dance was going on, some
very important people walked into this hall’ AY
continued. ‘Very important people to us and to
the nation at large. First of all, I’ll like to
recognize the present of our minister of
information, Mr Dimeji Saki’ the guests
responded with a thunderous applause as
Dimeji Saki got up and waved at the crowd.
‘Also with us this night is the wife of the most
honorable celebrant, Tomi Jubril’ AY
continued. A lady in her late fifties who had
just joined Jubril and Dare on the table got up
and waved at the crowd.
‘Right now, we’ll move to another round of …’
AY suddenly paused and stared towards a
couple walking in through the entrance. The
audience also followed his gaze and all
attention was turned to the couple with a
matching blue attire.
‘Another round of presentation’ AY continued
with a smile. The couple were definitely one
of the best dressed people for the event.
What made theirs unique was their choice of
color. AY introduced the next performing acts
and left the stage.
Evelyn and Henry who looked embarrassed at
their attraction of attention quickly motioned
to the table the ushers directed them to. They
sat in gently after greeting a few people who
were still staring at them.
‘Your friend’ Jubril Lawal smiled at Dare as
they all looked in direction of the couple.
‘Yeah, I didn’t know she was going to be
coming’ Dare faked a smile.
‘I sent her an invite, then she called to request
for another, for a friend’ Jubril continued,
chewing the pan cracker as he spoke.
‘Who’s she?’ Lola Jubril asked, taking another
look towards Evelyn’s direction. She couldn’t
get a clear view as Evelyn’s table was far from
theirs which was in front.
‘A friend I helped connect with Daddy’ Dare
‘A friend? I thought you were working on her?’
Jubril cut in.
‘Working on her? As in?’ Dare stared at his
‘Come on, you know what I mean’ Jubril
Dare took a glance at his mum who was staring
at him and patiently waiting for an answer.
‘She has a boyfriend already Dad, that guy is
her boyfriend’ Dare answered.
‘Boyfriend? The guy looks Nigerian to me. I
thought she just arrived in Nigeria few weeks
ago’ Jubril said with a note of doubt.
‘Yes, they just met recently’ Dare struggled to
say. ‘They’ve not known each other for long’
‘And you gave up my boy? Because someone
else showed up?’ Jubril questioned.
‘I…’ Dare was trying to find words but was
rescued by the Indian dancers who had just
come on stage, their music filled the air and
the entry dance caught the crowds attention.
‘Hey, Miss Evelyn Alex’ A guy in a black suit
joined Henry and Tarasha’s table, smiling. ‘It’s
nice to see you again’ he said as he stretched
his hand to her for an handshake.
Tarasha smiled back at him. ‘Good evening Mr
James, it’s my pleasure to see you again’
‘Wow! Who do we have here?’ James turned to
Henry and smiled, offering him an handshake.
‘You’re a very lucky man I must say’
‘He’s Henry, my friend’ Evelyn introduced.
‘Henry, please meet Mr James’
‘Nice to meet you sir’ Henry smiled as he took
‘Just a friend?’ James asked, rolling his eyes.
‘No, more than a friend actually’ Evelyn
answered, glancing at Henry’s face. ‘A special
‘I see’ James blinked and sat upright. ‘Have
you seen the exhibition for Julal stakeholders
and partners?’ James asked Evelyn.
‘No’ she answered, looking interested.
‘Do you have your partner’s card?’
‘We could go there now if you wish’
‘Oh!’ Evelyn stared at Henry’s face for some
‘Come on, you may go. I’ll just wait for you’
Henry said with a smile.
‘We’ll be right back then’ Evelyn said and got
up from the seat, she dipped her hand into
her bag and took out her purse. James took
her by the hand and motioned her in the right
Henry felt a pinch of jealousy as he watched
them leave. He took a sip from the juice on
his table and turned to face the stage,
distracting himself with the performances.
‘She’s gotten up from her seat and it seems
she’s headed outside the main hall with the
other guy’ Audu said to Afo.
Afo moved closer to Audu and stared into the
screen. ‘Who’s that guy?’
‘I’ve never seen him’ Audu replied.
‘Blade’ Afo called, turning away as he spoke
into his Bluetooth device. ‘The girl has left her
seat and she’s heading towards…’ Afo paused
and glanced at Audu.
‘The hall entrance’ Audu answered.
‘The hall entrance’ Afo spoke back into the
device. ‘There’s a guy with her, find out who
‘This girl is up to something’ Audu
commented, suddenly taking more interest.
‘Imagine, she’s identifying and looking straight
into all the cameras, as if she’s aware that
someone is watching her’
Afo walked back quickly to the computer to
confirm what Audu was saying. ‘What’s she
doing there? That’s the main hall security
room’ Afo said, touching the screen.
Benny walked into the restroom unsuspicious
of the fact that he was being followed. The
restroom for males had two toilet
compartments, two urinals and a bathroom,
making it different from the ladies’ which had
four compartments for toilets, a bathroom
compartment and a dressing part.
Two other guys were in the restroom when
Benny walked in. Another man followed him
and walked straight to the faucet. Benny
entered into the toilet and closed the short
door. He began to think of how best to
disguise as a blind man. He needed a walking
stick to add more effect to his eyeglass.
After some seconds, Benny felt he was alone
in the restroom. He decided to move out and
use the mirror in the main room. As he
stepped out, he saw a shadow move away
from the main entrance door. He paused to
think, staring intently at the door. He took
some more steps and he saw the shadow
move further. He was sure that the person
wasn’t aware that his shadow had announced
him. Benny walked back into the toilet
compartment and pretended as if nothing had
happened. He sat on the WC after taking out
his Bluetooth earphone, he punched some
buttons on it before attaching it to his ear.
‘Hello boss, I’m being followed by someone’
Tarasha pulled out the band holding her hair
as she walked into the restroom, making it fly
freely. Luckily for her, the only woman who
was using the toilet left as she entered. She
locked the door behind after the lady left and
moved closer to the other end of the wall. She
took out a nose mask from her purse and put
She ran her hand into her hair, searching for
something. She then picked out two hair pins
carefully one after the other and placed them
on the the floor.
She put down her purse and opened it widely.
Various makeup kits and an hair brush were
the major contents of the purse. She took out
a lipstick and took off the cap. She rolled out
the lipstick bullet but instead of rubbing it on
her lips, she took one of the hairpins and
inserted a part of it into the bullet.
The lipstick bullet which looked rigid solid
before began to melt, evolving a deep blue
smoke and a pungent smell.
Her Bluetooth device beeped and she paused
‘Did you see the person’s face?’ She took off
her nose mask and asked in response to the
caller’s first statement.
‘Is the person aware that you know?’ She asked
another question after getting the first reply
but a loud knock sounded on the door,
preventing her from hearing the response.
‘Is the person aware that you know?’ She
asked, pressing a finger against the Bluetooth
device to make the voice louder but the line
Heavy knocks continued landing on the door,
Tarasha briefly looked up and returned to her
work hurriedly, she wore back the nose mask.
She removed the first hairpin and carefully
placed it on the powder box.
The knock paused as she repeated the same
process for the second hairpin with another
lipstick. She then tied the hairpins with a tiny
rubber bands each to differentiate the parts
that was inserted into the solution.
She picked the two pins and wrapped them in
a tissue paper. She rolled up her gown and
inserted the pins into an inner pocket.
The knock came again, this time more
violently. Tarasha stared at the door,
straightening up her dress. She couldnt open
the door now, she needed about thirty
seconds more for the smoke and smell to
She took off the nose mask after opening the
windows, she arranged back into her purse the
contents. Then, she straightened her hair and
held it back together with the band. After that
she quickly cleaned the floor with the mop she
found by the side of the wall.
The knock was continuous but Tarasha wasn’t
looking bothered, she walked into one of the
toilet compartments and pushed the flush
button on the water closet, to make it sound
as if she just finished using the toilet. After
that, she motioned towards the door to open
it. The knocking seized as the person knocking
could hear footsteps approaching.
She turned the knob and the door gave way.
She wasn’t expecting who she saw at the door.
Henry remained sitting, waiting patiently for
Tarasha’s return. He glanced at his wristwatch,
it was over thirty minutes gone. He took a
look around the hall to see if he spot her
anywhere but he didn’t. He had to take out his
phone as the presentations were already
looking boring to him because he was watching
For a minute after he took out the phone, the
phone underwent what seemed like endless
vibrations and beeping as different
notifications dropped in. He smiled, his phone
had located the four hidden cameras in the
hall and was showing them their location. He
looked at the locations provided by the app on
his phone to confirm the accuracy. It was
accurate as usual.
Maybe, he could connect to their servers and
find out Tarasha’s location. A thought came
into his mind. He waved it off. That would
mean hacking into their systems and he hadn’t
been given permission to do so, therefore, it
would be illegal.
His mind drifted back again to what happened
at the house before they left for the party. He
could remember the sweetness of her lips,
how he wished he could go further then and
how she cut it short by breaking away. He also
remembered how the driver had cut the
second chance short too. He smiled to
himself. He began to fantasize about her body,
his eyes pictured her thighs that were
revealed under the short gown. He closed his
eyes and took a deep breath as he pictured
himself holding her figure eight waist and
taking off her clothes gently.
‘Hey! Young man’ someone broke him away
from his thoughts.
His eyes popped open quickly and he found
Jubril Lawal standing in front of him. It
seemed like the man had been trying to get
his attention for a long time.
‘Good evening sir. Happy birthday’ Henry
quickly got up and greeted with a smile.
‘Thank you young man’ Jubril replied back with
a smile. ‘Where’s the young lady you were
‘Sh… She went with a friend to the exhibition’
Henry stammered as he spoke.
‘The exhibition?’ Jubril squinted. He took a
look at the bodyguard who was with him and
whispered. ‘I thought the exhibition ended a
long time’ The guy nodded in confirmation.
‘Yes, she went there’ Henry replied, ignoring
what he heard Jubril whisper.
‘Why didn’t you go with her?’ Jubril asked.
‘I don’t have a partner’s card’ Henry smiled.
Jubril frowned. ‘You don’t need a partner’s
card to be part of the exhibition. You can
participate as long as you have an invite to this
Henry just stared in confusion, not knowing
what to say.
‘Alright, tell her to see me once she returns’
Jubril said and made way to leave the table.
‘I’ll do that sir’
Benny straightened up himself and made way
to leave the restroom without disguising as
the blind man. He had to find out who was
watching him first.
He paused and looked around as he walked
out through the door. He saw several people
hanging around, it was hard to select anyone
as the suspect. He began to walk slowly, still
watching carefully in the process. He noticed a
man in the security uniform who was
previously engrossed with his phone look up
as he began moving. That was his prime
suspect. He was sure the man was the one
But why? He couldn’t figure out any
reasonable reason. Was it that the security
officials had began to suspect he and Tarasha’s
movement? He wiped his face and continued,
proceeding to the spot where he and Tarasha
had gone their separate ways.
‘Dare!’ Evelyn screamed happily and jumped
on his body.
Dare was flabbergasted. He wasn’t expecting
her to smile at him, talk more of a tight
embrace. He could feel her rub her frontal
region on him, his manhood shivered. His
brain began to divert from his main purpose.
Just then, a lady hissed and pushed Tarasha
away from the entrance, rushing to the
restroom. Tarasha reasoned out that she was
really pressed and was the first person to
knock the door before Dare showed up. A man
dressed in different kind of security uniform
was standing with Dare. One could tell that he
worked with the cameras security with the
logo on his shirt.
‘Why did you have to lock the main door?’ The
man directed his question to Tarasha angrily.
‘It’s okay’ Dare was the one who hushed him.
‘I’m sorry’ Tarasha said, she touched the
Bluetooth device on her ear. ‘I’m not used to
this system and the music playing from my
device also did not let me hear the knocking
The guy turned his face to Dare as if he was
waiting for orders. ‘Go back to the security
room, tell your boss that I’ll be with him in
some minutes.’ The guy turned and left after
giving Tarasha another bad look.
‘Oh!’ Tarasha engaged Dare in another deep
hug again, this time she added a peck on his
lips. Dare who was a womanizer and sex addict
himself quickly fell for the trick. ‘Can we go
somewhere we can stay alone?’ Tarasha asked
Dare nodded. ‘Yes, there are free rooms
around’. He took Tarasha’s hand in his and
began to lead the way. They passed through
the entrance of the event hall where Benny
was standing and some other guests were still
socializing. Benny and Tarasha’s eyes met and
communicated. Benny understood what she
told him with her eyes; to be patient and wait
for the next order.
‘Blade, what’s up?’ Audu asked impatiently as
Blade walked into the security room.
‘Where’s the girl?’ Afo added, stretching his
neck from his seat to see if anyone was
coming behind Blade.
‘I don’t know what’s wrong with Dare’ Blade
complained bitterly, unbuttoning his security
uniform as he sank into the seat next to Audu.
‘It seemed he’s changed his mind about the
‘What?’ Afo exclaimed. He got up from his seat
and turned back to face Blade.
‘You gave him a seductive hug and he lost his
senses’ Blade stated. ‘I could see the bulge
formed on his trouser. They should be on the
way to a secret place now’
Audu stopped listening to Afo and Blade and
turned to the computer set in front of him. He
click on an app icon which processed and then
showed the cameras clips in the usual DVD
selection mode. His eyes did the searching
quick, he spotted the clip capturing them and
clicked on it. They were at the back of the hall,
chatting with Jubril Lawal.
Audu quickly got up from his seat and
straightened his shirt. ‘Where are you heading
to?’ Afo asked him.
‘To talk some sense into Dare’s head’ Audu
spoke without pausing, be barge out of the
Afo and Blade moved their focus to the
computer screen and watched Jubril speaking
with Dare and Evelyn who were holding hands.
‘Hey, see who we’ve got hanging out here’
Jubril Lawal approached them smiling.
‘Dad’ Dare paused.
‘Good evening sir. Congratulations’ Tarasha
greeted, taking his handshake.
‘Thanks Miss Evelyn’ Jubril smiled. ‘I can see
you both are off to somewhere, I stop you but
make sure we meet and talk in the next thirty
minutes. The party won’t span for long’ Jubril
said and walked away to meet another guest
who was waiting for him. Tarasha and Dare
smiled at each other as they made way to
Dare’s smile was of one who was itching to
sleep with his new catch while Tarasha, a
fatigue person eager to get rid of her trouble.
Another guy in security uniform bumped into
them as they took two more steps. ‘Dare, can
we see?’ He said and without waiting pulled
Dare away to a reasonable distance.
Tarasha smiled, she knew what was going on.
She knew they would attempt an attack at the
party and she was prepared for them. She
glanced at her wristwatch, her expected
package should be delivered in no less than
one minute time. She looked around for any
sign of the deliverer, there was none yet.
‘What that hell is wrong with you?’ Audu spoke
angrily, but making sure his voice was
lowered. ‘You’re disrupting our plans’
‘That girl has dangerous plans, I tell you. Do
you want to say you believe that she doesn’t
suspect you were behind the abduction?’ Audu
asked and paused to wait for a reply. He got
none except for a pity look on Dare’s face.
‘How come is she acting like she’s hungry for
Dare scratched his head. The hardness formed
under his trouser had begun to decline. He
suddenly remembered that he was going to
lead Evelyn into their trap before she gave
him a hug. He looked back and his eyes met
with Evelyn’s, she gave him another seductive
smile. But he waved it off this time and
turned back to Evelyn.
‘You’re going to go back to her now and
pretend as if nothing happened’ Audu
continued, raising his eyebrow. He took a
glance at Tarasha who had stopped a server
and was serving herself from the champagne
bottle on the tray. ‘Bring her to us, we’re
waiting’ Audu concluded and walked away, in
the same direction he was headed for before
he met them. He was going to take another
route back to the security room.
Dare cleared his throat and tried to put on a
smile as he turned back. He hurried back to
Tarasha who was drinking from a champagne
glass and discussing with the server.
‘Care for a cup?’ Tarasha asked him.
‘No, thanks’ he refused with a smile as he
sized the bum of the lady in the short server’s
gown with his eyes. ‘We better start going now’
Tarasha placed back the glass cup on the tray
and winked at the server as she followed
Dare. She could notice even though he tried to
cover up that his countenance had changed.
‘Yeah, good. I trust Audu’ Afo said with a smile
as he watched Audu speaking with Dare on the
‘I hope he’ll be able to talk some sense into
Mr Dare’ Blade added.
‘I’m sure he would’ Afo reassured.
‘Let’s believe so’ Blade said. They stared back
at the screen. Audu had finished talking with
Dare and was walking away. Dare paused and
took a deep breath before turning back and
walking to Evelyn. Evelyn was taking a drink
and discussing with the server. The server
turned and took her leave after Dare
dismissed her. Dare and Evelyn began
‘Audu, what’s up’ Afo spoke into his phone.
‘Dare is on his way there with her, I’m also
returning now’ Audu replied back.
‘Okay’ Afo said and ended the conversation.
‘They’re coming here, let’s get ready’ Afo said
Blade nodded without moving, it seemed like
he was lost in thought. ‘Did you hear me?’ Afo
stared at him.
‘That drinks server…’ Blade muttered, audible
enough for Afo to hear in the silent room.
‘Yes, what about her?’
‘Did you see the face gesture the girl made to
her before she left?’ Blade asked, moving
closer to the computer, he held the mouse.
‘I didn’t see anything’ Afo said and put down
the gun he was trying to load. He moved
closer to the desktop again. Blade was
rewinding the tapes.
‘Here’ Blade pointed at the screen. ‘Can you
see her face’ Blade paused at the point where
Tarasha made an eye signal to the girl who
took the champagne tray away.
‘Can you take it back a little bit more?’ Afo
requested with a serious look on his face.
Blade rewinding very slowly, making the tape
play in slow motion. It returned to the point
where Audu dragged Dare away from Evelyn
and she stood alone. Soon, she smiled and the
server appeared in her front, they began to
talk in low tones. The server could be seen
exchanging a small purse with Evelyn. Evelyn
tucked in the purse into the purse she was
‘D–n!’ Afo slammed his hand on table. It was
clear now, the server came to hand over not
just a champagne wine but a weapon to
‘That girl is not ordinary, she has got her plans
and we must stop her’ Afo said, rushing back
to continue loading his gun. ‘Find out where
she is now. I need to warn Dare and Audu’ Afo
picked his phone and dialed.
Henry hurriedly gulped down another cup of
wine in frustration. He was already getting
worked up and was wishing that he never came
to the party.
The person who brought him to the party had
left him to seat alone for almost two hours
without returning. His plan to go check on her
was obstructed by someone that he wasn’t
expecting who just emerged from nowhere,
the client who had given him the job of
tracking the Canadian number. He never
thought that the client could also be an invitee
at this party, he had called him earlier to give
an excuse that he was sick and needed to rest,
so he wouldn’t be able to finish the job till the
next day. So how would he explain that his
sickness could allow him to party but not to
complete a job he had already received
Henry bit his lips and shook his head in regret
as he heard a roaring laughter from the man
discussing with his client at the table behind
him. The discussants rose up from their seats.
They kept on talking as that moved closer to
Henry’s seat. Henry turned his face to the
opposite direction and covered it with his
‘For you, it’s easy na’ Henry heard the second
man say to his client. ‘You’re Chief Jubril’s PA’
‘It’s not that easy, people just…’ His client was
saying as the moved out of earshot.
Henry’s eyes widened in surprise as he
digested the information he overheard. His
client was Jubril’s PA?
Justis mind flashed back to the day the job was
brought. He remembered clearly the man
saying that they had received a call from a
business partner with the Canadian number
but they were doubting if it was real or not.
Evelyn was striking a business deal with Jubril
tonight and she is from Canada. Could she be
the same person whose number was being
investigated? He thought.
His mind made another flashback. The look on
Evelyn’s face when he was typing in the
number from his notepad. He had ignored that
look as nothing before, since there was no
reason for suspicion but now everything began
to make sense to him.
After she saw the number was when she
changed and started talking to him about going
with her to the party. He remembered how
she had also began to rub her hands against his
chest at that moment she was trying to
convince him. Could Evelyn be a criminal?
Could she be a fraudster?
Henry poured in some wine into the cup and
gulped it down immediately. He pushed away
the plate of which he had been served.
His mind returned to how he met Evelyn, how
she had gotten him into trouble the first day.
He also remembered the day he met her and
she was hiding a briefcase. He remembered
the lie she told him about the place she
stayed, he had only gotten to know that she
was in a hotel after he tracked down the phone
number she had given him.
The kidnap. How she untied the ropes. How
they eventually escaped. The story Tarasha had
said about the passers-by was now sounding
ridiculous to him. How she changed the story
during the police interrogation was even more
ridiculous. Henry was now positive that he was
allowed to escape because he had contacted
Sylvester and the culprits were well aware that
the police were coming.
He buried his face his palms. Dare must have
planned all these with her. He was sure of
Dare’s ability to connive with an outsider to
dupe his Dad.
He looked towards the table where Dare and
his Dad were previously seated. Only the Dad
and two ladies remained on the seat. Dare and
Evelyn must have gone to have a meeting.
They must be planning to even end his life
now that had been further rubbed in by being
the one investigating the Canadian number.
He scrubbed his face with his palms and
clenched his fists. He had being fooled, used
by a criminal.
He stood up staggering, trying to search for Mr
Jubril’s PA who just left the area. His phone
made several beeps. He brought it out to
check. The camera detector app on his phone
was detecting some bugs.
Benny returned to the restroom again, this
time making sure that no one was following
him. He locked himself in a toilet
compartment and sat on the WC, taking out
the paper to read.
The substance given to him contained a
dangerous mixture of gases which includes
Chlorobenzalmalononitrile and other
lachrymatory gases that would turn weak
everyone that inhaled it within seconds
through a peppery sensation in their bodies
and eyes. The nose mask was for him to
protect himself while the gas was having its
effect on the other people.
After killing the Chief, he was to go out
through the backdrop which led to the stairs of
the security department where Tarasha was
and handover the extra cloth to her after
which they’ll find a way to leave the venue
Five minutes more for the thirty minutes
deadline. He got up and walked out to pick the
nylon bag which contained the cloth. Two other
men walked into the restroom as he walked
out to carry out the most crucial part of the
The door made a creaking sound as she
entered into the room. The room was dark
except for the reflection from the screens of
the desktops. Tarasha could sight no one in, so
she went straight to the computer which she
assumed to be the master computer and sat
behind it. It was passworded, so she brought
out a flash from her pocket and inserted it into
the USB port.
The software on the flash drive opened up
immediately and she began to punch in
commands with the use of the keyboard. Soon,
she was able to access the files in the
She paused and turned to look around, having
a feeling that she wasn’t alone in the room.
She didn’t see anyone so she turned back to
the computer to hurry up her work. Her target
time to use in the cameras security room was
five minutes and she had used three minutes
already. She had to hurry up and hide before
other security officials start find the dead
bodies on the corridor.
She felt another movement around and got up
while a certain command was loading. She
looked around again as she walked towards the
window. She rolled up the blinds and the
opened the glass. She could hear the soft
music playing from the hall. She closed back
the window and took off her Bluetooth
earphone. She punched in some commands on
it and made a speed dial before returning it to
‘Cole… Nixus Fortrem, 8453. Stop the whole
system from working and then redirect to you.
Make sure you handle the street cameras too’
she said briefly and ended the call. She had
given Cole the code to direct the footages
from the cameras captured from that moment
to his device.
She then returned to the computer set. All the
data recorded in the last two hours had been
successfully extracted into her flash drive and
deleted from the main computer.
She ejected the drive and closed all
applications on the system. She returned it
back to the start page and the turned to leave.
Audu came out from behind a shelf and stood
by the door with a mean face, clapping his
palms together continuously with a pistol in his
hands. He took a sharp turn back and jammed
‘Who are you?’ Audu asked softly but with so
much sternness as he started walking forward
in slow motion.
‘Let me go and your life would be preserved’
Tarasha warned with a smile, after some
seconds of silence.
‘You can’t go anywhere, other security officials
would be here in the next five minutes. They
heard the gunshots and they’re alert already’
Tarasha chuckled. ‘The last time I checked, the
walls here are soundproofed’
Audu raised a brow. ‘Oh! Intelligent’ he
exclaimed. ‘That’s what gave you the
confidence right? Well, for your information,
we aren’t the real guys in charge of security
here. Dare only got them out of here by a
false alarm and they are on their …’
‘I don’t have time for silly talks’ Tarasha
slammed and began walking closer to him
Audu raised up his gun and pointed it at her.
‘One last chance, don’t try to stop me and your
life would be preserved’
The beeps continued on Henry’s phone. He
rested his palm on the chair handle shakily and
opened the app. All the cameras in the hall
had been stopped from working. That was
strange. Such things don’t happen until after
events. He returned his phone into his pocket
and turned to leave.
It beeped again, continuously. He brought it
out from his pocket with a loud hiss. The
cameras were up again. An error in
transmission, he thought.
Suddenly, loud screams and shouts erupted
from the back of the hall. A very small ball was
rolling from the back to the front and emitting
a strange coloured smoke.
The screams became louder. Shouts of
‘Bomb!!!’ filled the air. People began to
scamper around but they couldn’t go far as
they dropped few seconds after inhaling the
smoke. Only a few people who were close to
the exit made it out before inhaling enough
quantity that could take them out.
Henry struggled to remain standing but his
strength failed him. He fell on one knee
shaking the table violently in the process. The
bag which Tarasha left on the chair fell to
Henry’s side on the ground, it was partly
opened. Henry dipped his hand into it to pick
out the nose mask he saw.
Before he could cover his nose with the mask,
the gas had already taken so much effect on
him but he was still able to move his head
though his vision was blur.
He turned his face to the other side, every
other person in the hall was down too. Some
had fainted while some were bleeding from
the nose but a bulk of them just had their eyes
shining brightly without even seeing anything
as they laid helpless on the floor.
Someone was marching forward. Henry saw
the shoe, he raised up his head, the man was
also putting on thick dark gloves and a black
bag was strapped to his back. He tried to look
at the person’s face but the mask worn made it
difficult for him to see the face. But that black
suit. Henry had seen it before, on that same
The masked man walked straight to where
Jubril and his wife was laying down helplessly.
Even the bodyguards that were supposed to
protect them had fallen to the ground and
were just staring helplessly.
Benny got to Jubril in no time and dragged
him up by the collar. There was no time to
waste, he was sure that the security officials
were already coming to the hall with a
He took out a short knife from his pocket and
slid it deeply into the man’s throat. Blood
gushed out speedily. Benny did this making
sure that the fluid did not spill on any other
part of his body except his hand which was
protected by the glove. He made sure that the
windpipe was separated into two before
dropping the body.
He rushed through the backdrop exit as
instructed by Tarasha in the message and
pulled off his suit jacket and beards to remove
the disguise. He continued to follow the
directions given to him for escape.
He got to the floor landing of the stairs where
Tarasha was supposed to wait for him but she
wasn’t there yet. His body began to itch. He
could hear noises from the hall of policemen
who had gone in with their own masks. He hid
below the stairs as he took off his Bluetooth
earphone and tried to connect to Tarasha. She
wasn’t answering. He tried Cole.
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