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Tarasha Season 2 (chapter 54-62)

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Chapter 8 part 5&6
Cole knew it was the end of the road, he had failed himself, failed Henry and failed Tarasha. He closed his eyes and took in a deep breath as someone cocked gun.
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Henry continued to turn and turn around restlessly in the car, he was getting tired of waiting for Cole’s next signal. The day was already bright and the traffic on the road had increased, the execution of their task was getting increasingly difficult with time.
He glanced at his wristwatch impatiently again and then pushed the start button of the engine angrily. He pulled on the seatbelt and as he was about to launch into the road, he remembered something. He turned back and stretched his hand to the backseat, he rolled the bag away and under it was a tablet device, he picked the device to the front and placed it on his lap.
His inexperience and anxiety was taking a better hold of him and he wondered if he hadn’t been more of a burden to Cole than a support. His assignment at the gate wasn’t well delivered and now he had also forgotten that Cole had a tracker and recorder on his body with which he was supposed to use to track him and listen respectively.
He put an earpiece into his ear after turning on the screen of the device. Then he navigated to the main menu and clicked on the icon for the tracker. He minimized the window while it loaded and returned to the dashboard of applications to search for the streamer.
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‘Wait!’ one of the hefty men said to the one who cocked the gun. He walked closer to Cole and bent beside him, putting the gun to his head. He searched Cole’s body and took out two guns and a small purse containing cartridges from the pockets. He flung the objects aside and stood up when he was sure he had fully disarmed him.
Someone entered in through the door Cole came through, it was the same man who had searched the ten rooms in the corridor.
‘I saw him hiding in the eight room,’ the man said with a smile as he took out something from his pocket. ‘He thought he was wise,’ he added, with his smile turning devilish. He closed the door and took some steps in, making noise with the soles of his shoes as he dialed a number on his phone.
Cole’s eyes opened again and it met with one of the hefty men at his front still pointing a gun at him. He heaved a deep sigh and his eyes wandered about the far ceiling of the tall building for a moment, he wondered why the men were still delaying his death.
‘Sir, we’ve got the intruder.’ The man who had just entered spoke into the phone. ‘What should we do with him?’ he asked after getting a response to his first statement and listened for a reply to his question. ‘Alright sir,’ he said before hanging up.
‘Chief is still at the backyard, and he wants us to bring him there.’ the man said to the rest of the men in the room, pointing to Cole.
‘Get up!’ one of them barked at Cole. Cole struggled to his knees sluggishly, he raised his two hands in the air as one of the men cocked his gun again. ‘Stand up and move,’ the man added, gesturing for him to move to a door at the edge of the opposite wall.
Cole got up slowly with his hands still raised in the air. He began to walk towards the door, remaining conscious of the three guns pointing to his back. The slimmer man opened the door before he got there and Cole entered into the new corridor where the door led, it was half the length of the corridor of ten rooms but was slightly larger in width. It had a door at the straight end and had only four doors at the two side walls leading off it.
‘Faster!’ Cole heard someone bark from behind him and a gun t—-t him forward from behind. One of the men leveled up with him and pulled him by the belt, hurriedly moving towards the door.
‘Only God knows how he got to beat the officer and take his uniform.’ Cole heard one man say.
‘If you hadn’t seen him hiding, he would have passed for just another officer who isn’t in our team.’ another one joined in.
It took them less than a minute to drag Cole out through the door, it led outside the building to a space of about hundred square metres area. There were several objects ABC structures at the backyard. There was a power house which housed the electric generator at the left edge of the wall. A car which looked abandoned was parked beside it. A tall heap of torn cartons was at the left hand side, a bit close to the centre of the place and a taller heap of bottles, both broken and whole ones followed just with a metre space in between them.
The man dragging Cole released his grip as they got outside and walked some metres, they waited for the rest to come out. Cole froze in shock as his eyes went straight to where the Inspector General stood with two other men, a big sack was on the floor beside them and it formed the shape of a person in it. They were standing about six metres away from a small gate which was too small for a car or bigger vehicles to pass through but enough for a tricycle or motorcycle to pass through.
Cole’s heart began to beat so fast as he thought about the possibility of Tarasha being the one they had put in the sack, he couldn’t stand the thought and was burning deep inside. It appeared too much for him to bear and his knees shivered as one of the men standing beside the Inspector General squatted and began to loosen the rope they used to tie the sack.
One of the men at the back pushed Cole violently forward and Cole fell painfully on his knees.
The sack was already opened before he looked up and there he saw Tarasha’s face down to her bra. Her eyes was opened but wasn’t blinking or moving. He couldn’t tell if she was dead or not.
His blood boiled with anger and he vibrated visibly. The men behind him noticed his shakiness and two of them standing at each sides pointed their guns at him at a closer range.
‘I know you came for her,’ the Inspector General stepped forward and began to talk. ‘I don’t know who you are but I’m sure you’re one of her loyal boys. However that does not matter now, we’ll have you and Samantha Osman taken care of by Rex.’ Chief Rikau said, turning to look at Tarasha’s face.
A glint of hope formed in Cole’s heart as he heard the man’s last words, it meant that there was a possibility of Tarasha still being alive even in the terrible state she was in. The only area he didn’t see any possibility was both of them – he and Tarasha- getting away alive, especially now that they were going to be handed over to Rex. He looked at his both sides and saw the two revolvers still pointed at his head. There was no way he was going to make any move without getting them to blow off his brain in seconds.
‘Rex will be here in seven minutes,’ the Vice President announced and fear gripped Cole’s heart. Rex’s face flashed through his mind and he remembered his parents and Rex’s threat again. He closed his eyes and took in a deep breath, something happened as he was about to release the breath and open his eyes. The two men pointing guns at him by his sides were hit with bullets from an unknown direction.
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The location Henry could see on his device was confusing to him. He wasn’t sure the compound was that wide for Cole to be at that point in the place. He drove past the gate and continued driving without towards the ‘L- turn’ even as he listened carefully with the earpiece. He couldn’t really make any sense from what he could hear so far, the only thing he was sure of was the sound of moving footsteps.
Suddenly he heard someone bark ‘Move!’ and his heart stood still. That was a sign that Cole had been discovered and captured. He heard some groanings following it and the footsteps sounded faster and numerous.
He took the L-turn hurriedly narrowly missing a car. He didn’t stop or wait to apologise but he drove on. He could see the wall of the building at the return carriageway separated from the one he was on by the median. As he drove ahead, he took brief glances at his device’s screen and confirmed that Cole was still in the compound. Then he noticed a smaller gate at the end of the fence wall as he approached. He saw a police Hyundai Sonata parked beside the gate with no one in it. He drove past, driving close to the median so as to be able to turn quickly when he gets to the nearest U-turn. He continued to drive until he passed the police post before he found a U-turn. He turned on the trafficator.
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It was over thirty minutes of waiting for Dakolo and he was patient although feeling very hungry. His thoughts drifted to the NSCC guy he met that morning and he wondered why the young man was so determined to question him. Maybe he was one of those errand boys who Agent Tim bribes with little cash, he thought. Whoever he was, he must stay away from him, Dakolo made up his mind.
Dakolo’s attention was drawn to the gate as it opened, then he saw Agent Tim’s car driving out of the place alone. The gate closed and Agent Tim drove down the road. Dakolo thought of following him again but as he started the car engine, a better idea came to his mind and he turned it back off. He took out his phone and dialed Agent Tim’s phone number, it rang twice without being answered. Then he sent a text message which read, ‘I have a very urgent information for you, please call back as soon as possible.’
He started his car engine again and was about to drive into the road when he saw the gate opening again. He stopped to look as he pulled on his seatbelt. Two cars were driving out through the gate, the Vice President was on his way out.
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Dave still had his nose tied with his handkerchief to reduce the stench of bad oil from the generator room where he hid himself.
He had turned back again on a second thought before following Dakolo’s car for just a minute and had decided in his mind to check out the place he saw the officers before going after officer Dakolo. He planned on calling the Inspector anonymously on phone later and tracking his location after checking out what was happening where the Vice President was picked from. And if he wasn’t successful in locating the Inspector, he would have just continued on his way to the NSCC headquarters.
He left his car with a tracking chip and a gun, although unsure he was going to use it. He met only two officers at the small gate when he got there, one at the driver’s side of the car and the other seating on the bonnet with his hands folded. He had approached them, pretending to need answers to some questions and ended up taking out two of them. He kept them in the car’s boot before entering inside. The motorists and very few pedestrians that morning seemed to be very serious minded and none interfered or even stopped to watch, they all went on their ways hurriedly.
Dave got into the compound through the back gate, he didn’t see anyone but could hear voices and shouts from inside the building. He was lucky to be close to the generator house when one of the doors at the back opened. He quickly entered and watched from there while he readied his gun incase he was discovered. Then he saw three officers come out, two of them carrying a neat sack with something he couldn’t tell. The Inspector General came after the men and they all proceeded towards the gate. The Inspector General asked them to stop when they got to some metres close to the gate. Then he took out his phone to make a call.
Dave couldn’t hear what the Vice President said on phone but he knew that what was being talked about was the content of the sack. He stared at the sack from the holes on the walls behind which he hid and his best guess was that an animal was what was inside it. After the call, the Vice President said something to the third officer that came out before him and the officer in response hurried back into the building. He watched for some more seconds and the Inspector General received a phone call giving him an information he was glad to receive. Not too long after was when the door opened again and a man was dragged out and pulled not too close to where the Chief stood. It was then Dave saw them open the sack briefly and discovered that a woman was what they had in the sack. At first, Dave thought it was one of the Vice President and Inspector General’s numerous girlfriends who had discovered their secret and they had to silence but as the Inspector General spoke out loud, Dave realized that who they had in the bag was his reason for all his strenuous and hard work for the past weeks, Samantha Osman. That was when he knew he had to be vitally involved in what was going on. He also realized that the man kneeling was on Samantha Osman’s side. He decided to step in to foil the plans of the Inspector General and the person called Rex coming for Samantha and her man.
He shot the two men pointing their guns at the Samantha Osman’s man kneeling, to give the latter an opportunity to act.
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Cole did not know where the bullets came from or who shot the gun but he was sure that God had sent an Angel from heaven. Before the other men could recover from the surprise, he slid to the left side and collected the gun from the man who was shot at the left. He pushed the man with a kick at the back towards the others who tried to shoot at him and followed up with bullets sporadically. The bullets from the unknown source seized after two more shots directed towards the Vice President’s place.
The place was already in disarray. The bullet from Cole hit two more men, making it two more left at his side. One of the two was running to the other edge of the building to dodge the flying bullets and the other had entered back into the building through the exit where they took Cole out from.
One of the men who was standing close to the Inspector General was already down and the other was trying to protect the Inspector General who had also taken out his own gun for protection.
Cole’s eyes was fixed on the sack which had been left on the floor. He continued to shoot at the door of the building as he made his way slowly towards the place.
‘Get the sack!’ he could hear the Inspector General scream out of panic at the man who was trying to get him to safety. The man hurried back towards the sack, shooting towards Cole. Cole had to quickly hide behind the heap of cartons. He peeped from behind and saw the man now shooting towards the generator house as he began to drag the sack towards the open gate. It was then Cole noticed a man coming out, up from the roof of the generator house with a gun pointed at the man dragging the sack. He could only see the man from the side view.
A bullet flew over Cole’s head and it made him look away briefly to the building again. The man who ran back inside had come out with his gun refilled and was shooting at him.
Cole dropped himself flat on the floor and shot twice at the man, rolling away from the heap of cartons to behind the heap of broken bottles. He could hear sounds of more bullets flying as he changed his hiding point.
As he looked up to shoot again, he saw two newly dead men at the back of the building, there was none shooting at him again. He knew it was the work of the man who was now on the roof of the generator building. The man who also trying to protect the Inspector General and drag out Tarasha was now dead. The only person left with them was the Inspector General.
Chief Rikau was in no mood to give up even though he could see that all the men were down. He knew there were more men inside the building and at the front and he all he needed was to delay the two opponents before he got support from his men or Rex was must be very close now. He continued to shoot at the man who he saw come out from the generator house and he proceeded towards the sack. The man was now on the fence at the right side of the building and was running on it to dodge his bullets. After six shots, his bullets finished and he took out another gun from his pocket but the man had gone over the fence before he could shoot again. He quickly began to drag the sack towards the gate and at the same, searching around the place for the other enemy with his eyes. Now, he was just two metres to the gate
A bullet suddenly entered hit his shoulder and his gun fell off, another one hit his leg and he dropped on his knee, his body falling over the sack.
Cole rose out from behind the heap of bottles and proceeded confidently towards the Inspector General, pointing his gun at the man who had raised his head and was looking at him. He was about to shoot and end the man’s life completely when three new men rushed out through the back door of the building and began to shoot towards him. He quickly ran behind the car beside the generator house. As he peeped from there, he noticed that the men’s shooting direction was no longer towards him before towards the fence where his unknown helper had flown over. The unknown helper was standing behind the fence, half of his body showing above. He was with a bandage on his head and looked seriously wounded but still active. Cole’s eyes met with his and he made a hand signal telling Cole to carry the sack and leave the place while he handled the rest of the men.
Cole followed the man’s plan which seemed reasonable, he ran out from behind the car without cover, trusting the man to cover up. He pushed away Chief Rikau from the Tarasha’s body and lifted Tarasha to his shoulder, he made his way to the gate quickly. Something like a bullet entered into his back as he opened the gate and stepped in middle of the opening. It made him pause for a second to absorb the pain. But he decided not to look back and just rushed away, ignoring the pain.
He closed the gate and hurried towards the road with Tarasha’s body still on one side of his shoulder. He could feel her bare skin on his hand now as the sack was already falling off. He stopped at the side of the road and dipped his hand into his pocket to search for his phone. The number of cars and cabs had reduced on the road because of the disturbing sounds of gunshots and Cole knew it would be hard to get a car to snatch. And even though he could still see a car coming towards him, he wasn’t sure he would be able to snatch it because he wasn’t ready to drop Tarasha from his shoulder. He began to hurry down the road as he struggled to make a call with his phone.
‘Hey!’ he suddenly heard a familiar voice call happily from behind and looked back to see Henry approaching in the car he had seen. He had been too unsettled to notice it was their car approaching.
The back door opened for him by Henry and he dropped Tarasha’s body carefully in it and entered after. Henry drove off speedily without even allowing Cole close the door first.
‘Wow! You got her,’ Henry exclaimed and jumped happily as he drove on crazily. He looked back all smiles but his smiles reduced on seeing Cole wincing in pains behind as he threw a sack out through the window.
‘Were you hit?’ Henry asked, in concern for Cole although his face was on Tarasha’s body. He couldn’t see her face and didn’t know her state because of how she was placed, he could see injuries on her arm and her back and he doubted in his heart if she was okay.
‘D–n it!’ Cole cursed suddenly and quickly bent his head as he saw a car at the other carriageway. ‘Drive faster!’ he shouted at Henry.
‘I’m already at the fastest speed,’ Henry replied, now facing the front. He looked briefly at the car whose view made Cole hide.
‘That was him,’ Cole raised up his head after Henry had drove for another one minute.
‘Who?’ Henry asked, adjusting the rearview mirror so he could see Cole’s face.
‘Rex,’ Cole answered, gritting his teeth with the pain at the back tormenting him as he tried to seat upright. ‘Rex was the one who kidnapped you and also captured her at first.’
‘Oh!’ Henry’s heart skipped a beat as he remembered that scene again. ‘Is Omotara okay?’ he asked after some seconds of silence.
There was no reply.
Cole managed to adjust her body and place her head facing up on his laps. Her eyes were opened, but without any expression. He touched some of the injuries on her body and looked at her face again, he wondered if she could even see with the eyes or if she was conscious at all.
‘She’s still breathing,’ Cole said with a sad voice. ‘But I don’t know if she’s okay or conscious,’ Cole added.
At the moment, Tarasha’s eyes blinked.
‘Oh! She just blinked,’ Cole shouted out happily, almost jumping but stopped again as the pain at the back enveloped his happiness.
‘She blinked?’ Henry joined in happily, turning the mirror to see her face.
‘We need to stop somewhere to take out this bullet from my back,’ Cole managed to stretch his hand to the spot at the back and touched it, he could only feel a little quantity of blood than he expected. ‘Maybe we should just go home straight, it’s not bleeding like I thought.’ he added. ‘I think I can manage it.’
They drove in silence for a while and Cole kept glancing at Tarasha’s face from time to time. She closed her eyes after some minutes and Cole suddenly became worried, thinking she had sank into unconsciousness. He shook her gently and she opened her eyes again, this time she was able to move the eyeballs. Cole smiled, reassured of her consciousness and allowed her rest when she closed her eyes again~
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Part 6
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They drove in silence for a while and Cole kept glancing at Tarasha’s face from time to time. She closed her eyes after some minutes and Cole suddenly became worried, thinking she had sank into unconsciousness. He shook her gently and she opened her eyes again, this time she was able to move the eyeballs. Cole smiled, reassured of her consciousness and allowed her rest when she closed her eyes again.
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Dave dropped back into the compound after taking out the last man. He turned back to see the building in the compound in which he was in now. He couldn’t tell what the building was used for as he could only see the side and the back from the backyard where he was. He tucked his gun into his pocket and began to walk forward hurriedly.
He met some people discussing something serious at the front of the building. They all had disturbed looks on their faces and were all turned towards the building where he had jumped down from, he knew they were discussing about the sounds of gunshots that had filled the air.
They all shifted back in surprise and some ran back inside on seeing him. He took out his gun to display it and scare them more as he headed for the gate. The rest of the people ran into the building and shut the doors behind. Dave looked back once more and discovered that the building was a fashion designing outfit. He hurried out of the compound through the gate, ignoring the security man who he saw peeping at him from inside their security building.
He tucked back his gun in and waited impatiently for the road to clear before he crossed to the other side of the carriageway. He took off the bandage on his head and his hand before waving down a taxi.
‘Take me down there,’ he said to the taxi man, pointing with his fingers to the direction he wanted. He took out his phone and dialed a number. ‘Lizzy, have you gone back to work?’ he said into the phone.
‘No, until four hours time.’ her voice sounded back.
‘I just took off all the stuffs you put on me, I may need a redress soon.’ Dave said.
‘You took them off, why?’
‘I’ll tell you later, something serious came up this morning. You just get ready whenever I call you, okay?’
‘Okay, Dave.’ she replied and the call ended.
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A disturbed look appeared on Rex’s face after he called the Inspector General for the third time without any answer. He could see the gate where he was supposed to stop ahead of him but he didn’t want to waste any time by waiting or entering into the place, he wanted Samantha Osman body’s brought out to him.
He finally pulled up behind the police car and hurried down with a gun in his hand. He looked around the area carefully and at her cars driving by as he approached the gate. He pushed it open with his backhand with his eyes still on the road, then he entered carefully and closed the gate. He was welcomed by a scene of injured and dead bodies scattered over the place. His eyes surveyed around quickly and visited all the corners where any attacker could be hiding, he saw none. Then his gaze settled on the Inspector General’s body on the floor where the man laid. He quickly rushed there and turned the man over.
‘Get me to the hospital quickly Rex,’ the Inspector General pleaded in a weak voice.
Rex stared at him for some seconds without saying anything. There was no pity seen in his eyes for the man and no sign of urgency in his movement. ‘I can hear sounds of sirens approaching, some of your men will be here soon’ he finally spoke, squatting to look at the man’s face. ‘Which way did they take?’ he said, asking about Samantha and the man who came to help her.
‘He carried her out through this gate,’ Chief Rikau said, looking towards the gate. ‘A wounded man came to help them, he went over this fence not more than a minute ago, he had a bandage on his head.’
Rex rose up to his feet and wondered which of the two options he should take first. While he was still wondering, he remembered that Police officers were on their way there and he turned to go out without casting another look at the man on the floor. He hurried out and entered into his car.
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‘Where are we taking her to?’ Henry asked after thirty minutes of driving in complete silence. He turned back and stared at Cole who looked like he had already fallen asleep. ‘Cole,’ he called louder this time.
Cole opened his eyes calmly and took in a deep breath. ‘Just drive straight to the base first,’ he replied, sitting up and gently adjusting Tarasha’s head which was on his laps.
‘Are you sure it is safe for us to go there?’ Henry asked, now adjusting the rearview mirror to see Cole’s face.
‘I’m not sure,’ Cole answered with a sigh.
‘You’re not sure? Why then do you ask me to drive to the base?’ Henry questioned
Cole remained silent.
‘Please say something, I need to know what direction to drive in.’ Henry urged him.
‘Do you have somewhere else to take her to?’ Cole asked with a raised eyebrow.
Henry was silent for some seconds. ‘No, I don’t.’
‘Then drive straight to the base.’
‘But what if someone is following us?’
‘If someone is following us, shouldn’t that be the more reason we should drive to the base?’ Cole sniffed. ‘The base is the only place we’ll have a upper hand against anyone for now. And let’s pray we don’t come across police officers on the way, they’re going to give us some troubles , the day is already bright.’
‘Then how do we make sure Omotara gets quick medical attention?’ Henry asked another question, his eyes meeting with Cole’s in the rearview mirror.
‘That will be yours to bother about, I appear to be the one who needs quick medical attention here, I have a bullet in my back.’ Cole complained with groans as he adjusted his back against the seat.
Henry stared at him pitifully and heaved a sigh.
‘I know a nurse who used to treat Don’s boys in Abuja, we have a medical lab in the base, you could get her in to attend to us.’ Cole said.
‘But will you be able to hold it before she arrives?’
‘It depends on how fast you are, I can get myself first aid to keep my alive before she comes.’ Cole replied.
‘We should get there in the next seven minutes,’ Henry said before turning into another road.
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‘Hurry,’ Dave shouted at the taxi man as he saw a car driving away from behind the police officers car.
The elderly taxi man glared back at him and hissed, even Dave felt embarrassed on seeing that the man was old enough to be his father.
‘I’m sorry, I just have to go after that car.’ Dave apologized.
‘You didn’t hire me to pursue after cars for you,’ the man shot back.
‘I’m sorry,’ Dave said and kept mute while the man continued on a average speed.
Dave asked him to stop when they got to the spot his car was parked. He paid the man off and entered into his own car. He thought about going after the car he saw but dismissed the thought, it would have gone too far for him to pursue. He picked a portable Android device from the backseat of the car and unlocked the screen. He then opened his tracking app and waited for it to load. He made a quick flashback to how he launched the tracking chip into the back of the guy who carried away Samantha. He was sure it entered and he knew the guy could not remove it by himself, it would take a professional to remove it.
The app loaded and a map displayed, a rotating circle appeared and the word ‘processing’ floated over it.
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10:24am
‘Why can’t we drive there?’ a lady asked as she came out from the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
‘Just follow and stop asking questions,’ the man who came out from the driver’s side replied her.
‘I’m following already but I can’t stop asking questions,’ she said as she ran after him with a big bag hung around her arm. ‘You’ve not told me who gave you my number yet,’ she said.
‘Do we need to go over that again?’ the guy asked without looking back at her. She hurried after him still.
‘Yes.’
‘You’re going to get paid for your services, isn’t that all that matters.’
‘You said they are two people right?’ she asked, trying to level up with him as his pace was too fast for her.
‘Yes, but they might become three soon. Somebody else may need treatment soon if you don’t stop talking.’
After about five minutes of walking, Henry led the nurse into the compound. He locked the gate properly and hurriedly led her to the back entrance. In a couple of minutes, they were both in the medical lab of the place.
Tarasha was seen laying peacefully on a bed with white sheets while Cole was laying face flat on another beside hers but with a different colour of sheet. He had taken off his tops and the belt of his trousers. Two small bottles and used syringes were in a tray beside the bed.
‘What took you so long?’ Cole asked as he heard their footsteps. ‘I thought I’ll be dead before you get here.’
‘It took me sometime to locate her, ‘ Henry replied. ‘After locating her, it took me more time to convince her to come with me.’
The nurse dropped her bag on a stool beside the bed and began to take out some instruments from the bag. She cleared the syringes on the tray to one side as as she placed two new syringes and ampoules. Cole turned his face to her side.
‘D–n it! You Cole?’ a nylon of medicine and anesthetics fell off her hands as she stared at Cole in shock, with her mouth agape.
‘Yes, Tomi. It’s Cole,’ Cole replied her.
‘I’m not supposed to treat you, Don declared you an enemy to the Nanl Gang,’ Nurse Tomi said, now feigning reluctance to continue.
‘Don is dead and so is the Nanl Gang, so get to business at once. You’re going to be paid handsomely.’
‘The Nanl Gang didn’t die with Don, Stainless is already gathering the rest of it’s members,’ she retorted.
‘Stainless isn’t gathering them to resurrect the Nanl Gang, he is gathering them for himself.’ Cole said
‘Whatever you say, but you betrayed us. You’re an enemy.’
‘I betrayed no one, Don sold me here for money, he wasn’t supposed to expect me to remain loyal to him.’ Cole replied. He turned his back to her again, making loud groans. ‘Please do you need to get this bullet out first or what should be the first thing?’
She put on her medicated gloves and placed her hands on his back, spreading the bullet wound surface with her fingers.
‘Did you lock the gate properly?’ Cole asked Henry who was already sitting beside Tarasha on the bed and gently rubbing her face.
‘Yes, I did.’ Henry answered without looking at him. There was silence for a minute and then Henry remembered something and stopped rubbing Tarasha’a face. ‘But I don’t still get how that will stop them from getting inside especially when they have the police’ backing them.’ he complained.
‘Stop being negative, how come you do believe they’re going to locate us?’ Cole shot back.
‘I’m just trying to be extra careful,’ Henry replied on soft tones, turning back to Tarasha. He placed his fingers on her hair and stared at her passionately. He heaved a sigh, ‘I don’t want anything to happen to us again,’ he said, really meaning he wanted nothing to happen to Omotara again.
‘Nothing’s going to happen for now, we still have the lasers and other security measures on.’ Cole reassured. ‘Did you park the car far away from here?’
‘Yes, I did.’ Henry replied briefly.
There was a brief silence.
‘Don’t you think she needs a bath?’ Henry asked, talking about Tarasha.
‘Let her wake up first,’ Cole snapped making soft sounds as the nurse worked on his back.
‘I think you’ll make this easier for me if you stop talking and moving your body this much,’ the nurse complained to Cole.
‘I’m sorry,’ Cole apologized briefly.
‘Talking about her,’ the nurse stared at Tarasha’s body briefly and squeezed her face. ‘Why does she look so dirty? Hasn’t she taken her bath for weeks?’
Henry ignored the nurse’s question and looked away.
‘Please pardon me, I have to speak again.’ Cole apologized as he turned his face towards Henry again.
‘Now, be quick about it.’ Nurse Tomi snapped.
‘Henry, I think we have to delete the records of all we did today from the NSCC database.’ Cole said to Henry. ‘That would be the easiest way for them to trace us here. I just hope they haven’t saved it yet.’
‘So what you be included in what I’m deleting?’ Henry asked, jumping down from the bed immediately.
‘Our movement from that place down here, and how you went to pick this nurse. Just delete everything you think they could use to trace our movement to this place.’
‘Okay,’ Henry picked a key and hurried out of the place to the control room.
‘So how did you get this wound?’ the nurse spoke some seconds after Henry had left.
‘I thought you wanted it quiet, how come you’re the one asking questions now?’ Cole queried.
‘I’m just being inquisitive,’ she replied. ‘You know I’ve really missed you,’ she added with a soft voice. She pulled down boxers a little at the back to give him an injection.
Cole didn’t give a reply to her last statement but twitched in pain as the needle entered his bum.
‘You were the sweetest amongst all the boys,’ she said in a complimenting way after the injection.
‘Oh!’ Cole chuckled. ‘You b***h! So you actually slept with all the boys?’
‘F*** you!’ she said and frowned her face as she applied something hard on his back.
‘Arrrgh…’ Cole screamed and cursed.
Nurse Tomi used to be a nurse and one of Don’s sex machines which Cole had tasted without Don’s knowledge. Several times after leaving Don’s bed will she end up on his and she spent more time with him than Don himself.
‘How long will it take you to do this? The pain is getting too much,’ Cole complained.
‘I injected you some anaesthetics, the pain shouldn’t be that much. I didn’t bring any sedative, I would have ensured you’re asleep all through.’ she replied.
‘D–n it! But are you sure we’ve got to take out the bullet now?’
‘We’re not in the hospital, and I don’t know if you have equipments to check that here. But I’m not really sure what I’m seeing here is even a bullet,’ she said with a confused look on her face.
‘It’s not a bullet…’
‘Shhh…’ she hushed him. ‘Reserve your strength and make this easier for me.’
She spoke again after three minutes. She took out something covered with blood from the wound and placed it on metal plate. She took it to the front for Cole to see.
‘What’s this?’ Cole asked, looking at her face, still lying on his belly.
‘I don’t know, that’s why I’m showing it to you.’ she said, turning the object around with the tool in her other hand. ‘It’s not a bullet and it’s not poisonous, that’s why you didn’t die before I arrived.’
Cole watched intently as she turned the object around on the plate. Then he looked at her face, ‘Can you rinse it a little?’ he asked, raising a brow.
She didn’t reply but just turned around and walked to where she kept her bag. She took out a bottle of methylated spirit and poured a little on the object. She took it back to Cole to see.
‘D–n it!’ Cole exclaimed. A flashback of the unknown helper ran through his mind. He remembered seeing the man with two guns behind the fence. Who was that man? He asked himself for the first time since. Maybe it was the same man who had put the object into his body.
‘It’s a tracker, someone is tracking us, we need to destroy it immediately,’ he said, trying to get up.
‘Don’t!’ the nurse warned, pushing him back down. ‘I have to dress the wound first,’ she added and dropped the chip on the floor, crushing it with her shoe.
Cole reluctantly laid back on his belly.
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‘Object lost,’ a message popped up on the screen of Dave’s Android device. He picked it up from the passenger’s side, one hand on the steering wheel as he drove on. He clicked OK on the pop up message and clicked on the refresh icon on the locating map. It refreshed for only five seconds and displayed another message, ‘No Object found.’
He refreshed again but got the same message the third and fourth time. He hissed and clicked on another icon to check the previously saved location. ‘No location discovered yet,’ the new window displayed.
‘Oh no!’ Dave hit his fist on the steering wheel in anger. He closed his eyes for two seconds, trying to remember the previous location he saw displayed. He could only remember the street name but couldn’t remember the exact location as described by the tracker.
He refreshed again two more times and got the same response of ‘No Object found’. He flung the phone to the backseat angrily. He wondered how the man he shot had been able to take out the tracker so quickly and destroy it. He hadn’t seen any other person around the place, so he had thought it would take more time for the man to snatch a car and get out of the place and it’ll take a longer time for the man and Samantha to reach somewhere safe enough that’s if they weren’t stopped by the Police on the way.
He slowed down the vehicle and eventually pulled up to a curb. He picked the device again and tapped on the back button, he tapped it five more times and luckily for him, the app returned to a previous display where it showed the location of the object including the full address. He quickly made a screenshot and continued driving.
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Rex sat at the middle of the three seater sofa fuming about the situation and how that Tarasha had been allowed to escape. Even though he had ended his own part of the job perfectly, he was still angry that they made his efforts fruitless.
The phone placed beside him on the seat vibrated and he picked it up to check what message he had. It was from the Inspector General and it read;
‘Please help me find and kill her immediately, I’m ready to pay you any amount you ask for.’
He dropped the phone after reading the message and hissed. After some minutes, he picked the phone again and dialed a number.
‘Where are you Stainless?’ he said into the phone.
‘I just got out to find something to eat,’ Stainless replied.
‘Please, get back here immediately. We need to make some plans, we’ll visit Tarasha’s base tonight to kill her finally. If we don’t find her there, we will extract the necessary information we need to get her.’
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Tarasha shivered uncomfortably on the bed where she was. She was sweating profusely even though the place was cool enough. She could hear faint voices of Cole and a lady but then she could hear some louder voices elsewhere. She could hear Jefa’s voice, her father’s voice, Jerry’s voice, then her mother’s. Suddenly she could hear and see herself as a child and the other children she was kidnapped with sixteen years ago.
…To be continued
Chapter 8 part 8&9
Every flashback done is necessary for this Story but I’ll try make them as short as possible,
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Part 8
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Omotara stopped in shock as she heard those last words, wondering if she was the one being talked about. Fear gripped her mind for the first time since she heard her death sentence, she wasn’t afraid to die but dying the way the junior Queen had chosen for her was definitely not going to be an easy experience.
Two hours later
For Omotara, it was beautiful again to see the world outside of the Nefary City again. This place didn’t look like Nigeria but the air still smelt freedom and life not like the torture and death atmosphere that was in the Nefary City. She totally forgot about her predicament as she saw the foreigners, or rather the citizens; as she was the foreigner in their land, she saw new cars of unique designs and styles, houses and high rise buildings she had never seen before. The pleasant journey came to an end after they got to a high-rise building which had a bold inscription written in Russian language. The outer walls of the building didn’t look as attractive as the previous ones she had seen on their way, it looked like an abandoned old building. They waited in the car for few minutes after they stopped and only stepped out after the queen received a call. She said some few words to the driver of the car before they proceeded towards the building. Tara watched as the car was driven away while the queen knocked the gate of the building.
Omotara felt very uneasy in her short gown as she trudged after the queen who led her through the big overcrowded hall. She kept forcing the elastic material of the gown down to her knees as it rolled up past halfway her thigh when she walked. Ninety five percent of the people in the hall were men, “big men” and they were doing heavy works, carrying and arranging heavy metals. Their sizes made Tara tremble anytime one stopped his work to look at her and they didn’t just look at her, they did lustfully. As they walked on, she could feel the eyes of the men piercing through her dress.
The junior Queen had also changed her dress into a more casual one. She had a pair of shredded black jean on a blue top and a black sports boot. She had also changed her makeup and arranged her hair in a new style. Omotara wondered why they didn’t dress her the same way.
‘…’ the queen spoke the Russian language to a short man they met at the exit of the hall. Omotara understood she had asked the man where his boss was.
The man pointed backwards, signifying that his boss was inside, he moved away from the road and allowed them pass. His eyes followed omotara as the teenager followed after the fast walking Tarasha, he sniffed in after they walked out of his sight and turned away.
They got to a block of brown walls, the door had an inscription at the wall above which read “Mad house” in English. The queen pushed the door open and entered, omotara walked in after and allowed her close the door. They were welcomed by an unpleasant smell which almost made omotara choke, the queen seemed not to be disturbed by the smell. The room which had two open windows at the left and right sides was empty except for two dusty benches close to the window at each side. There was another door directly opposite the door they had come in through, it was opened and inside it was dark. No one could be seen inside but a thin line of smoke could be seen proceeding out of the place. Omotara stood behind the queen who also stood like she was waiting for someone.
Few seconds later, a voice was heard from inside the dark room. Then a man came into view from inside the dark room, he could be seen making a call and smoking a pipe whose smoke was the source for the disgusting odour.
‘She’s here,’ the man said to someone else in the room after dropping his call, then the came out of the room to meet them. ‘Tarasha,’ he called as he proceeded towards them. His revealed his brown stained teeth. From his colour and looks, one could tell he was a native of the land. His face looked older than his body, his height was more than every other they had seen along the way but he was slender and he walked like one who was been controlled by the wind. His dreaded hair was packed in a head warmer. He had on a faded black shirt and a sagging black pants. ‘We’ve been expecting you,’ he said in his thick Russian accent as offered his guest an handshake.
‘Where’s Tom?’ the Queen asked with a disgusting look on her face, ignoring his offer to shake her hand.
‘Tom ain’t anywhere near here baby, you’re supposed to relate with us here.’ he said and put the pipe in his mouth to take another drag. He closed his eyes briefly after taking in the drag and his gaze landed on Omotara as he opened them. ‘Oh!’ he smiled revealing his stained teeth again. ‘Pretty young chick,’ he said like an intoxicated person, sizing her up with his eyes. Omotara hid her body and face from the man behind the Queen.
The queen turned back to look at her and their eyes met for the first time all through the journey. The queen had not said anything to her after the last thing she said before they got into the car for the journey which was ‘you follow me everywhere I go without questions’. Since then, she had not said anything else neither did she take any look at her when they both sat at the backseat of the car or act as if the teenager even existed. Omotara also had been obedient and cooperating, she followed everywhere she went without thinking about escaping or asking questions. She had heard about how dangerous queens were when their instructions were disobeyed and also seen an example in the case of Vladimir.
The queen’s eyes pierced through Omotara’s young innocent eyes but guilty assassin’s. She saw a young vulnerable girl whom she was leading to her death hiding behind her for protection instead of running away from her.
‘Tarasha,’ another man appeared from inside the dark room. He was also a native, he was shorter and looked neater than the first man. He was heavily built like most of the men they had come in contact with before entering the room. The first man left the Queen’s front with his pipe, giving way for his partner to talk with her.
‘Hey! I want to see Tom,’ she said to him as he approached them.
‘You have to see me first,’ the man. He took out a pack of cigarettes and a lighter from his front pocket, he put a stick in his mouth and offered his guest one. She gently refused and waited for him to light his before they continued their conversation.
‘Is this the girl?’ the man asked, his eyes finding Omotara behind the queen. Omotara hid back herself behind the lady again.
The queen flashed another look at her and then turned back to the man. ‘Yes, she is.’ she replied.
Omotara’s heart skipped a beat and she closed her eyes in fear; maybe that was the man the queen spoke to on phone earlier, she thought.
‘She looks like a baby,’ the man commented, taking another drag of his cigarette. ‘Can I see her very well?’
The queen turned back and made a gesture with her eyes for Omotara to step forward. The young girl stepped forward shakily and stood beside the queen, facing down as she pulled her gown down to her knees again.
‘Look up young woman,’ the man shot in a cold voice, blowing out smoke into the air.
Omotara looked up fearfully and his eyes met with hers. He took a good look at her for some seconds and then took a drag after he was satisfied with looking.
‘She looks too good and useful, why do you want to waste her?’ he asked, turning to the queen.
‘She has a death sentence already,’ the queen replied.
‘Who dare sentence this pretty girl to death?’ he asked, taking another look at Omotara.
‘That is not my business, I carry out what my clients asks me to do.’ the queen replied. Omotara’s body shivered all through and she faced down again.
‘But what about we strike a deal,’ the man said with a tempting narrow look at the queen. ‘You hand her over to me and I’ll pay you handsomely,’ he offered.
‘What do you want her for?’ she asked him, raising a brow.
‘That shouldn’t matter to you, I’ll pay for her.’
‘It matters, my client shouldn’t see her anymore.’
‘Okay,’ he paused and cleared his throat. ‘Your client should not see her again truly since he sentenced her to death already,’ he paused again to take another look at Omotara. ‘She looks good, better than most of the girls you supply us, a lot of men would pay a lot to get her for just a night.’
‘Oh!’ the queen exclaimed in surprise. ‘You use girls of this ages for prostitution?’
‘Not always, but on rare cases like this, we do.’
The queen frowned and shook her head. ‘The girl is fully developed yet, what kind of men would want her instead of the mature ones you have?’
The man flashed her a funny look and chuckled, his smile broadened and developed into a loud laughter. ‘Why don’t you just release her to me first? How much will you do that for?’
‘Sorry, no deal. We go by the previous instruction,’ the queen refused.
‘Okay, if you say so.’ the man flashed another quick look at Omotara and shrugged. ‘Let’s go in to talk,’ he said and turned back towards the dark room.
‘Wait for me there,’ the queen said to Omotara, pointing to the dusty bench at the left before entering the room with the man.
Omotara moved to the bench but remained standing instead of sitting. Running away began to look like an option to her. She wondered if the queen considered her a moron or dummy for leaving her alone there and expecting her to wait for her death. She listened carefully to note if they had begun their discussion inside already, she could hear them speaking in soft tones. She looked at the door briefly, she closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Then with determination in her mind, she walked gently to the door and stepped outside.
She met with three men – the tall Russian who first addressed the queen and two of the men they had come across in the working hall- outside the door whose gazes were placed on her as she stepped out. She decided to ignore their looks and keep on going but as she took two steps further, she felt a surge like an electric shock all through her body. It was so much that it weakened her and she fell to the ground. The men continued to stare at her without moving an inch.
The queen appeared outside the place with the man she was discussing with thirty seconds later and pulled Omotara up.
‘Hahaha! She was trying to escape,’ the man who followed the queen laughed as he folded his arms and watched.
‘Clean up your body,’ the queen said as she dragged Omotara back into the place and put her on the bench before going back into the dark room with the man.
The weakness in Omotara’s body had seized but she couldn’t still understand what happened. She rose up to clean the dusts on her cloth and at the same time tried to search for what was placed on her body but found nothing.
She waited ten minutes more without any other trial to escape. The queen and the man came out after ten minutes and proceeded towards the door, Omotara followed immediately she got the signal from the queen.
They still met the three men outside and the man who discussed with the queen instructed them to follow as he led the queen and Omotara to another section of the building.
After walking for two minutes, they got to a smaller working hall where they only met three men sitting idly. The man leading them whispered something to the queen, she turned back and looked at Omotara as the man turned to the three others to give them a signal.
‘You follow them,’ the queen said, referring to the three other men. Omotara glanced at the three men and then glanced back at the queens face with a pitiable look, the queen looked away. Omotara turned back to face the three men who stood aside waiting for her. A hand touched her shoulder as she took a step, she turned back and her eyes met with the Queen’s. She felt a cold metal inserted under her cloth on her shoulder. The queen released her and turned away with the other man who led her on a different way while Omotara followed the three men.
They led her into a small well ventilated empty room. A fan hung in the ceiling was rotating and blowing with so much noise. The men shut the door.
‘You know what you supposed to do, okay?’ the tall slender fellow spoke, adjusting his head warmer.
Omotara stood still, staring at him without giving a reply.
‘You dumb?’ he glared at her as he began to take off his belt.
She still didn’t give a reply.
‘Tear off her garments for me,’ the slender man said to the other two.
‘Please wait,’ Omotara raised her hand to stop the two men proceeding towards her. ‘I’ll take them off myself,’ she said, starring with taking off her shoes.
‘Better,’ the slender man gave an evil smile. ‘But I prefer take them off myself,’ he said and proceeded towards her, the two men cleared the way.
Tara closed her eyes as she waited for him. He stopped in front of her and knelt down. Then he began to run his hands into her gown from below. Omotara shivered as her his fingers made its way on her thighs slowly to her pant.
His fingers touched her pants and he began to pull it down gently, looking at her face and enjoying his evil act. He pulled the pant down to the ankle level and his fingers began to find it’s way back up.
‘We’re not supposed to take it gently with her,’ one of the men corrected him.
He paused and hissed at the distraction, he glared back back at the man. ‘Its the first ride, I like to enjoy it. You can go brutal at your turn,’ he said and turned back to Omotara. Her eyes was opened already but expressionless, her eyes moved around his body, searching for nothing in particular. ‘I like to enjoy fresh blood when I see one,’ the man said with a devilish smile, looking straight into Tara’s eyes as his fingers found it’s way back up under the gown. His thumb touched her private and she twitched, she closed her eyes briefly and when it opened, it did with a different colour but the man was too busy to notice. He began to use his teeth to drag up her gown as his hands found it’s way to her bum and he squeezed it.
Tara looked up and took in a deep breath. She glanced at the two men watching and waiting. It wasn’t her first or second time of getting molested, but since this was going to be to her death, she wasn’t going to allow them have it easy.
Her fingers found it’s way to the short knife the queen had placed under her cloth and before the slender man knew it, the knife had gotten into his shoulder.
He screamed as he raised up his head, she dealt him a kick on his jaw with her knee and he fell back. She quickly followed up with the knife into the man’s belly but was only able to make a stab as the two other men had come to the rescue of the slender man immediately.
One of the men grabbed her by the shoulders and flung her against the wall behind. She landed on the floor heavily but she was able to struggle to get up and pull up her pant which was already out on one leg. The men wasted time to move the injured man aside.
One of the men proceeded towards after they carried the slender one to the opposite edge. She held her knife – the only weapon she had against them- up, waiting for him. He stopped before getting to her on seeing her readiness to stab him. He looked at her narrowly and began to move closer tactically.
He rushed towards her all of a sudden and tried to grab her arm but she bent down, dodging him as she stabbed his thigh. She turned to his back and stabbed him again on the waist. She was about to make a third stab on his other thigh when the third man’s strong hands grabbed her from behind and turned her towards himself. He landed her a heavy blow which made her stagger backwards. He followed her and grabbed the hand in which she had the knife, he tried to take it from her but she held it tight in her palm not ready to release it.
He sent her another blow on the face and she fell to the ground, the knife also fell off.
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Part 9
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He rushed towards her all of a sudden and tried to grab her arm but she bent down, dodging him as she stabbed his thigh. She turned to his back and stabbed him again on the waist. She was about to make a third stab on his other thigh when the third man’s strong hands grabbed her from behind and turned her towards himself. He landed her a heavy blow which made her stagger backwards. He followed her and grabbed the hand in which she had the knife, he tried to take it from her but she held it tight in her palm, not ready to release it.
He sent her another blow on the face and she fell to the ground, the knife also fell off. Then he hurried towards her and held her two hands together in his right hand, he searched her body to check if she had more weapons on her. He pinned her hands to the ground with his after confirming that there was nothing else on her body, then he tried to drag up her gown but the struggles with her legs did not allow him succeed. He took a quick look backwards to call for support from the other injured men. The slender one who was already wounded on his shoulder and stomach was already moving towards them, he covered his bleeding belly with a palm.
‘Move!’ he said as he grabbed Omotara’s hands which was previously pinned to the floor and kept it in position with his right hand. He began to unbuckle his trousers. ‘Hold her legs for me,’ he ordered the hefty man who obeyed immediately. The slender man was still desperate to have his way with her before anyone else.
Omotara’s legs were held firmly and she could not make any more struggle except to shout which she began to do immediately, but the men looked less concerned about it , it appeared that they were confident that no one was going to respond to her no matter how loud she shouted.
Her gown was torn from the top instead of being pulled up from below. The man started for her little b—–s first and his fingers found its way to the straps of her bra. He was about to cut off the straps when a kick from outside sent the door of the room down to the floor.
It was the junior queen who entered, she was with a gun in her left hand and a wooden plank in her right. She started first with the third man who was injured on the thigh and waist. The plank landed on his head and he who was already standing up landed back on the floor with a thud. The two other men were distracted and surprised at Tarasha’s act but she didn’t stop, she moved closer to them and hit the head of the slender one with the wood before sending in a bullet to his back. The other one got on his knees immediately and raised his two hands in the air to plead for mercy.
Tarasha (the queen) threw down the wood and uncocked her gun, she put the gun into her pocket hurriedly. She took a glance at Omotara and the narrowed her gaze at the girl who was already on her feet with her shredded clothes on her body. She turned her face back to the third man who still had his knees on the ground and his hands in the air, ‘Tell Tom I’ll come for him.’ she said to the man and turned back to Omotara. ‘Let’s go,’ she stated briefly and turned, she proceeded towards the door without wasting time. She stopped at the entrance and turned when she noticed that the teenager wasn’t following her, she narrowed her look at the girl and noticed the fear in her eyes. ‘Come, you’ve scaled past death.’ she said with a reassuring tone and stretched her palms forth widely to receive the girl.
Omotara moved with slow steps towards the queen still trying to cover her body with her torn clothes. She placed her palm in the opened palm of the queen and the queen squeezed her hand softly and gave a smile. She took off the torn clothes from the teenager’s body, leaving only the bra and pant.
‘Let’s go,’ she said as she held Omotara’s palm in hers and began to lead her away hurriedly.
The fear in Omotara’s heart disappeared as she followed the queen. She placed her gaze on the queen’s face and then searched around her body, she noticed the queen now had a very small carton in her back pocket, she concluded in her mind that the carton was what the queen took from the man who she went away with while sending her to be molested by the three men. It wasn’t Omotara’s first time of seeing girls being sentenced to death in that same manner in the Nefary City or being punished by having to go several rounds with a sex starved Lord, she had once being a victim of the latter. She knew the pain in it and couldn’t imagine how it would be when it was a sentence to death.
She ignored the coldness of the ground against her bare feet as they hurried past the large main walking hall, she also ignored the men’s stare which was much more now that she was only on pant and bra.
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**Present**
The picture of the junior queen slowly faded off her mind and was immediately replaced by hers. She saw herself in that building where she had gone to rescue Cole and Aisha, she could hear the scream of the girl clearly again. She saw herself hurry through the corridor and into the room where the cultist was trying to molest Stephanie. How she rescued Stephanie played in her mind again just like the junior queen rescued her from the men, then she remembered how she looked at the queen again without trust in her eyes, it was the same way Stephanie looked at her several years after.
A sharp pain in her bum brought her out of the realm of memories. Her eyes opened and she found herself laying on her side in a bed. Her vision was still blur at that moment but she noticed two men standing and discussing something some metres in front of her. She turned back to look at the face of the lady who had just taken the syringe needle out of her bum.
‘You have to stay calm and let me attend to you,’ the nurse said to her with a frown. ‘Thank God you’re awake now, I’ve given you drugs to calm you but you wouldn’t just stay calm, maybe you can control yourself now that you can hear me.’
‘Is she awake?’ Tarasha heard a male’s voice ask, it sounded so much like Henry’s. She turned to look at the person and confirmed he was the one. There was joy in her heart on seeing him alive again and she also still alive. She still remembered how she was captured but had totally forgotten how she was rescued.
‘Yes, she is.’ the nurse who had walked away with a tray replied in a muffled voice.
Tarasha noticed she still had only her briefs on but a towel was now wrapped around her body. She tried to sit up as she saw Henry walking excitedly towards her but she only made a groan and couldn’t muster enough strength to sit.
‘Omotara, you’re awake.’ Henry said, beaming with smiles as he took her palms in his. ‘I’ve been so worried about you.’
Tarasha tried to put on a smile but she couldn’t tell if what she did was a smile or a frown., she was too weak to even control the movement of her facial muscles.
‘It’s not time for that,’ the nurse warned as she walked back to the bed with the tray in her hands. Two fresh ampoules, a syringe, a roll of bandage, two small scissors of different sizes and a nylon of cotton wool were in the tray.
Henry stepped back some distance from the bed and folded his arms as he watched with a smiling face, Cole stood behind him with his arms also folded but with an expressionless face.
Tarasha looked away from their faces to the surrounding, she felt a bit alarmed as she observed that they were in the medical lab in her facility.
‘Please lay down properly,’ the nurse said to Tarasha.
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‘For how long will Omotara keep sleeping? ‘ Henry asked aloud as he and Cole walked down a corridor.
‘You’re not supposed to direct that question to me,’ Cole replied blankly. ‘Tomi is doing all to make her sleep so that the medications can work, you should be glad she fell asleep again.’
‘Well, I’m just anxious to see her well again.’ Henry said.
They continued until they got to the control room. Henry opened the door and allowed Cole walk in first before closing the door. Cole proceeded straight to the control system, he took off his shirt and stared a minute at the already dressed wound on his back before sitting.
‘I just have this feeling that someone is coming after us right now,’ Cole said as he tapped the space bar on the keyboard and the desktop screen came on.
Henry glanced at his face with a worried look, ‘Who do you think is after us? That guy Rex?’
‘I don’t know; I think Rex finished his work after delivering the boss to the Vice President and Inspector General.’ Cole answered as he began to type on the keyboard.
‘What if he works for them full time?’
‘I don’t think he’s a kind of assassin that’ll work full time for anyone, he works on contract basis just like Tarasha. ‘ Cole said.
Henry heaved a deep sigh and stared at the ground thoughtfully for some seconds, he raised his head up to meet Cole staring at him.
‘What are you thinking about?’ Cole asked.
Henry took another deep breath and licked his lower lip briefly, ‘I just hope after recovering now, Omotara would make the decision to stop this assassination job.’
Cole chuckled mockingly, ‘Why should she make such a stupid decision?’ he asked, staring at Henry like he was looking at a kid.
‘What’s stupid about it?’ Henry countered with a serious look on his face. ‘I think it’s the wise thing to do, she almost got killed by those evil men, don’t you think it’s better for her, for all of us to just seek a peaceful life henceforth.’
Cole glanced at his face and then laughed. ‘Do you think we can ever live a peaceful life? Those men, do you think they’ll ever stop trying to kill the boss?’
‘I don’t know about them or what they’ll do but we could just run off to somewhere they can’t find us and start a new life there,’ Henry said.
A phone on the table rang and distracted them. Both stared at the phone for a while and then glanced at each other. It was Tarasha’s phone ringing. It stopped ringing and Cole picked it up to check the caller’s ID. The phone began to ring again, the caller was Chief Gab. Cole answered the call and placed it on his ear without speaking.
‘What’s the matter with you Tarasha?’ I’ve been waiting here for you since, you refused to answer my several calls or even send a message to explain yourself.’ the man complained.
Cole took the phone off his ear, he minimized the dialer and rolled down the notification bar to confirm the man’s claim to have called severally. He placed the phone back to his ear after he saw seven missed calls in the notification, the calls must have been when they left the control room to check on Tarasha.
‘Tarasha…’ the man was saying as he didn’t get any response.
‘I’m sorry Chief, the boss is not in position to speak with you now.’ Cole spoke.
‘Who… who are you?’ Chief Gab stammered.
‘She’s my boss, I’ll tell her about your call as soon as she’s able to attend to it.’
‘Hey! Tell her I’m expecting her here right now,’ the man said angrily.
‘I will do that when I’m able to…’
‘Please get to her wherever she is right away and deliver my message,’ the man slammed.
‘I’m sorry she can’t get your message right now, but I’ll deliver it as soon as possible.’
‘You must be joking right, you don’t know who I am.’ Chief Gab said in a threatening tone.
‘I know who you are but there’s nothing I can do right now,’ Cole replied.
‘You don’t know what you’re talking about, just tell her I give her thirty minutes to get here.’ he said and ended the call.
Cole shrugged and hissed as he dropped the phone on the table. He turned back to the system and continued with his work but Henry who was eager to get the details of the call grabbed his hand on the mouse.
‘Who was that?’ he asked in soft tones.
‘That’s Chief, the man who Tarasha works for.’ Cole replied without stopping his work.
‘What does he want?’
‘He wants to speak with her right away, I think she scheduled a meeting with him today.’
‘Oh! Why can’t you tell him what has happened, maybe he could help us to get somewhere safer.’
‘No, I can’t…’ Cole began but stopped briefly to think. ‘I can’t, not right now.’ he said, shaking his head.
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Dave typed in the address of the house again into the dialog box, he clicked ‘SEND’ and waited as it began to process. He looked out through the window to the gate again and the buildings nearby. He had been there for close to two hours and had not seen anyone going in or coming out of the place. He made enquires from the neighbors around and learnt that the place was occupied by a group of young people whom no one in the street knew anything about, they only see their cars drive in and out of the place. The people also told Dave that a car had entered into the place that day and left again but had not been seen entering there again after that. He also learnt that a man and a lady was seen hours ago walking into the place. All his efforts to confirm what the neighbours said proved abortive as he couldn’t retrieve from the NSCC Database any footage recorded at the time he calculated. The footages available were the ones recorded the last night and fifteen minutes before he got there. It only meant two things; either the cameras were made to stop work between that time or someone who had access to the database deleted the footages. The latter had a higher possibility of occuring.
He tapped the power button of his tablet device and the screen came on again. The processing had ended and the details he requested for were gradually loading. On the first page of the tab that popped up showed the picture of the gate of the building he was staring at, just the same way it was in real life. He scrolled to the next page and a half view of the gate and fence was shown together with the neighboring building at the left, he scrolled to the third and the other half of the gate was shown. On the fourth to the ninth page were shown different views of the top plan and roof of the building behind the fence. Dave paused to check the loading progress of the window and saw it as ninety seven percent, the displayed tab already had a hundred and twenty one pages. Dave knew at one that there was something fishy about the facility. There was no way a hundred and twenty one pages of a private owned facility would be documented in the Ministry of Housing database from which he was checking. Even government owned facilities do not occupy more than thirty pages in their documentation. He knew someone must have hacked into the system and made a dummy documentation or tampered with the original.
He scrolled back to the top and searched for the ‘find’ icon at the top bar of the app. He clicked on the icon and the keyboard popped up, he typed in the word ‘owner’ and searched. Only one result was found in the document, he clicked the result to navigate to the page where it was. It was the second to the last page of the document. The details he needed read below;
‘ Owner Of Facility : Unknown
Type of Facility : Residential
Description : Unknown
Signed by: Amodu Shehu
Minister of Housing ‘
The details confirmed to him that the documentation was not done by the Ministry of Housing, there was no way they would document a facility with an unknown owner.
He was sure Samantha Osman was the owner of the facility but how to get inside the place was his challenge. He needed to find a way to get in without raising suspicion. It wasn’t something he could rush into, it needed more planning. He pushed the start button on his car and drove off, he was going to return after planning well.
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‘I saw this car at that gate where you came out carrying her on your shoulder,’ Henry said with his voice full of conviction as he and Cole both stared at the screen of the computer. Agent Dave’s car was seen in the video driving down the road away from their building, Cole switched the cameras in view to keep monitoring the car as it sped off.
‘I didn’t notice anything then,’ Cole replied him. ‘But we have to see where he’s heading for.’
‘Do you think it can be Rex?’ Henry asked in a shaky voice.
Cole smiled as he could sense the fear in Henry’s voice, ‘I don’t think so, if the car was really staying there for us, it must be that guy that helped me and later shot the tracker into my back.’
‘But don’t you think that unknown helper could be Rex?’
‘No, he can’t be Rex. The Inspector General was waiting for him to come and pick Tarasha and he couldn’t have gone against them after working so hard to make things work for them.’
‘So then who can that guy be and why did he help us?’
‘I can’t say,’ Cole said. He turned to look at the other computer systems on the table, ‘I think you should boot another computer and let’s check with that how long that car has been outside.’
‘Okay,’ Henry got up and searched around with his eyes for the computer that would be convenient for him to use.
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–Thirty five minutes later–
** The NIS Underground Office**
Dave hurried down the stairs into the corridor, the walls by the side and the doors were made of transparent glasses, that made it possible for him to see the other NIS officials as they worked in their offices which was usually shared by four to six people. He waved at some people and greeted some verbally as he walked to the exit, the place was now busy with activities unlike earlier in the day when he was there with Dan and Lizzy.
He almost collided into Lizzy as he exited the corridor into another block. ‘Hey… Easy!’ Lizzy cautioned, staring at him like he had just fallen from the sky.
‘Lizzy,’ Dave tried to put on a smile. ‘I was coming to meet you.’
‘I know, I was waiting for you.’
‘Then let’s go straight away,’ Dave said and Lizzy turned with him. Both of them began to walk to the dressing room.
‘What happened to all I did this morning?’ Lizzy asked as they walked on.
‘What’s that?’ Dave asked, pretending not to know what she was talking about. He stared at her for a while and noticed that she had changed into something different from what she had on that morning. She was now properly dressed in a corporate outfit since it was time for the office job unlike the cleavage and thighs revealing outfit she wore before.
‘I dressed you up with a bandage on your head and one on your hand, what happened to them?’
‘Well, it’s a long story.’ Dave said and paused as they got to the door of the dressing room. She slid in a card and the door gave way. ‘I’ don’t have much time to explain right now.’
‘So you mean you have a long story to tell already, it’s not up to ten hours yet.’ she said as she locked the door.
‘Let’s just forget that now, I want you to fix something different for me now.’ David said.
‘And what difference do you want?’ she asked as she took off the line the piece of cloth to be hung down his neck to cover his chest.
‘I want something removable and durable,’ he replied.
‘You must be joking if you believe you’re going to get that within the same period of period we did the morning dress.’
‘When can I get it then?’
‘You can’t even get it today, it can only be tomorrow evening or the day after tomorrow.’ she said, facing the mirror and rubbing a spot on her face.
‘What?’ David shone his eyes. His eyes met with Lizzy’s in the mirror.
‘Yea, you can however order for a ready made one if you need it urgently.’
‘Come on Lizzy, just help me do this.’ he pleaded.
‘I’m trying to help you, you know I also have my work to do. It can only be ready by that time, I’m telling the truth.’
‘Okay then, let’s have you repeat something quick like the one you did this morning but it should be totally different. Maybe I have to take off my shirt, so you’ll fix the wound around my belly instead.’
‘Yes of course, you dare not put the bandage on your head anymore,’ Lizzy began, she turned and rested her bum on the drawer, she folded her arms and looked directly into his eyes. ‘The whole country is already on the lookout for the man with the bandage on his head who attacked and killed several officers this morning and also left the Inspector General seriously wounded.’
Lizzy’s word hit Dave hard. It meant that the news of what happened that morning was all over the city already and he was seen by somebody who reported. Lizzy was sure he was the one.
Chapter 8 part 10&11
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Dave stared hard at her with his eyes widely open in shock and she stared back without blinking, confident that her allegations against him were accurate.
‘Where did you get that from?’ Dave finally found his voice.
‘It’s all over the news baby, everyone now knows that the Inspector General was shot by someone who to me matched your description,’ she replied.
‘Well, I don’t think I have to lie to you about my involvement but I’m quite sure you should know that the media would never report the accurate information and that’s because they don’t get it from honest sources but from the police who will distort it to their favour.’ Dave continued, looking intently into her eyes. She placed her legs over each other and folded her arms with her bum still resting against the drawer as she listened . ‘What did you hear on the news?’
‘That the Inspector General and other police officers were injured when they went for an early morning raid at a suspicious building.’ she answered.
Dave let out a deep breath and blinked. ‘I don’t know about the trueness of that but I didn’t kill any police man,’ Dave lied. ‘The truth is I was there this morning for issues relating to my case but…’ Dave hissed, he seemed to have lost words to explain himself.
‘We’re both NIS agents, don’t lie to me Dave.’ she said staring straight into his eyes. He looked away but she turned his face back to herself.
‘Lizzy, it’s a complicated and everything is not just the way it appears.”
‘Then how is it? You killed police officers Dave, that was uncalled for.’ She said as she got to her feet and began to walk around. ‘No matter the urgency in the case, we are always urged to avoid killing innocent people but you didn’t just kill innocent people, you killed other security officials who might just be on the same case with you. You’ve turned yourself against the government and the citizens.’
‘Hey! Please lower your voice Lizzy,’ Dave sprung up from the chair and turned to Lizzy who was still pacing around. ‘Someone might be listening to us.’
‘Someone might be listening to us?’ Lizzy stopped and stared at him with an eyebrow raised and her hands on her waist. ‘Do you know how many people would soon get to know that you were the man the news reported.’
‘No one will know,’ Dave tried to speak confidently, but his voice betrayed him. ‘You’re the only one that knows I was on bandage this morning.’
‘Oh!’ she shook her head and laughed. ‘What’s wrong with you Dave?’
Dave paused to ponder on her question. He faced down and drew in a deep breath. Was something really wrong with him, he thought in his mind. That morning he had taken sides with a criminal group instead of helping the police to make sure the criminals do not escape. But he wasn’t stupid, he argued his sanity in his mind. He didn’t fight against the police that morning as an enemy of the state or an enemy of the citizens and he didn’t turn against them because he wanted to be the one to take credit for nailing Samantha Osman. He did because he knew that the Inspector General and his group of police officers were not there for official purposes and neither were they there to do something legal, he knew that there was definitely something hidden in their cupboards or why else would the Vice President be at the location of a police raid, disguised at such an early hour. He couldn’t have let them go with Samantha Osman and her man, or else facts would have been distorted and the whole country would have been deceived by the two cunning top government official.
‘Dave, Dave!’ Lizzy screamed twice at him before he blinked in response.
Dave sighed again, ‘It’s a long story Lizzy, I can’t tell you all now.’
‘I’m not asking you to tell me all, I’m telling you that you’ve gotten yourself into a deep mess.’ she said with a serious look on her face.
‘Lizzy, as far as you don’t tell anyone that you dressed me with the bandages this morning, no one else would know I was the one described.’
‘Are you kidding me Dave?’ she narrowed her eyes at him, her face with a surprised expression. ‘The street cameras would provide them enough pictures to search for your features and get your full details.’
‘I got that covered Lizzy,’ Dave said and walked back to his seat. ‘The Cameras commission won’t find any footage to present if they’re asked.’
‘How sure are you about this?’ She said as she began to walk back towards him. ‘That road is a major one which has so many security cameras.’
‘I know, but I got it covered already.’
Lizzy returned to the previous spot where she leaned against the drawer, she folded her arms again and stared at his face with doubts in her eyes.
‘Listen Lizzy, I have acc…’ Dave stopped and coughed. ‘I know someone who has access to the Cameras commission database, he’s taken care of the footages for me.’
‘And how sure are you that the person didn’t deceive you?’ Lizzy asked, her doubts still obvious in her tone.
‘Hundred percent sure,’ Dave replied.
‘Now what about Dan? He knows you were here with me this morning,’ Lizzy said.
‘Yes but he didn’t wait to see how you dressed me up or which direction I went after that, besides I’m not the only one in this town who had a bandage on his head this morning. Dan wouldn’t suspect anything except you tell him that the police’ description matches my look after I was dressed up by you.’
‘And you think I’ll tell him?’ Lizzy raised a brow.
Dave shrugged, ‘I don’t know, but I’m pleading with you not to.’
‘He’s a member of your team and you guys are also close friends, why don’t you confide in him?’ Lizzy asked, not knowing she had raised a sensitive issue.
Dave folded his lips in and shook his head. ‘I can’t really trust any secret into Dan’s hands in this case,’ he said and stopped to look at her face. ‘Lizzy, I know we’ve worked together on several occasions and we were in the same team for close to ten months, but can I trust you with this?’ he asked with a soft voice.
She squinted at him.
‘I mean can I trust you? As a friend, not as a colleague whose loyalty is to the NIS alone.’ Dave added to explain his question.
‘What is it David? Tell me,’ Lizzy said in a calming tone. She moved closer to him and squatted before him placing her hands on the armrest of his chair.
David stared at her silently for a moment before he finally spoke, ‘Please get a chair to sit,’ he said pointing to an empty chair.
Lizzy reached for the chair and pulled it closer, she sat very close to him with her knees touching his.
‘Right now, I’m working on Samantha Osman’s case and that’s what have led me into this situation.’ he started after adjusting his seating position. Lizzy paid him full attention especially after hearing him mention Samantha Osman. ‘You know she has been killing top citizens of the country; government officials, both past and current. You also know about her last attempt on the Vice President’s life failed when the bullet hit the wrong place. I’ve done a lot of work since I was given this case and I’ve discovered that it’s more than just random assassinations, all the deaths and the main victims are connected except for the late Rivers State Governor whose connection with the others we’ve not been able to see.’
‘Of course, any reasonable agent should know that the deaths are connected,’ Lizzy put in.
‘Yea,’ Dave continued. ‘The Vice President appears to be the next in line on her list and the intelligent man was lucky he discovered quickly that he was next, his preventive measures are what has been keeping him till now. The Vice President has recruited his friend, the Inspector General to work with him to hide this secret that he has which the assassin wants to get him for and that they’ll do by capturing and silencing her.’
‘I don’t still understand,’ Lizzy frowned.
‘You see, the Vice President has a dirty secret ; something he’s done in the past together with the other victims of Samantha Osman and maybe some others we don’t know yet. This dirty secret is the cause for the haunt; so the Vice President is as desperate to keep the past secret as he is desperate to live. To keep his secret, he has involved the Inspector General in his illegal activities, so they’re going after Samantha both illegally and legally. Legally through the public activities of the police geared towards nabbing Samantha and illegally through the hidden activities the Inspector General makes his boys do. That’s why the police is not truthful in handling the case, they don’t want the public to have any view of Samantha as someone killing people for their past evil deeds but see her as an enemy killing innocent people. They distort the information released to the media every time. For example, the news media reported that Samantha Osman tried to kill her men’s parents and Stephanie Williams but the truth is that she rescued these people from the kidnappers who I suspect to be Hoodlums working for the Vice President…’
‘I don’t get,’ Lizzy cut in. ‘Isn’t it the police that intercepted her and took Stephanie Williams and those old couples to City Gate Hospital?’
‘No, that’s what they made the media report but Samantha was the one who rescued them and drove them to the hospital. The Inspector General lied when he made claims that the person who took them to the hospital was a female officer, it was Samantha and not a police officer.’
‘It was confirmed by the hospital and the patients.’
‘The police paid the patients and the hospital workers to lie, and they also drugged Stephanie Williams to make her lose her memory, I got the accurate information from her before she was drugged.’
‘Hmmm…’
‘There are several other things the public have the wrong view about too and that’s what I’m trying to clear. I don’t want this case to end without all the criminals getting their deserved punishment; these includes Samantha herself, her sponsors and her victims if truly they are guilty. This morning, they wanted to kill her finally and they planned on doing it silently but I stopped them because if she dies now, there would be no way the Vice President would be punished for his evil deeds.’
‘No, so you want her to kill the Vice President first?’
‘No, I want her and the Vice President alive. She’s an evidence of the Vice President crimes and her death would give him an opportunity to cover his sins completely.’
‘But why is Dan not assisting you?’
‘Dan cannot assist me here, I’m hiding things from him.’ Dave looked away. ‘I suspect the NIS Chairman has been bribed by the NIS Chairman, he threatened me and gave me some money after I agreed also and I’m sure he’s done the same with Dave .’
Lizzy opened her mouth in shock.
‘Lizzy, this is meant for your ears alone.’ Dave warned.
‘Sure, nobody else would hear it from me.’ She promised. ‘But where is Samantha Osman now?’
‘There’s somewhere I suspect she’s hiding with her men, and that’s where I need your help.’
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‘Tarasha!’ Chief Gab’s voice came blaring through the phone speaker as the call was answered, Cole had to take it far from his ears for comfort.
‘No Chief, she’s not here yet. I’m the one calling back.’ Cole said after putting the phone on loud speakers for he and Henry to listen.
‘Have your delivered my message to her?’
‘No Chief, you should know she’s in a very serious situation for someone else to be handling her phone. Or has someone else spoken on her behalf to you before?’
There was silence for some seconds before the Chief replied, ‘What situation is she in?’
‘She’s terribly injured and receiving treatment right now. The Vice President got another assassin group to counter us,’ Cole replied.
‘So Tarasha could not handle another assassin group? I thought she already handled the best in Nigeria, the Nanl Gang .’
‘Yes but this new guy isn’t a Nigerian assassin.’
‘What do you mean?’
‘There’s no time to explain right now Chief, we need your help urgently to stay safe. The police and this other assassin group are seriously on our tail and they’ve discovered our location already. Tarasha is down and it will take more than a week for her to be well enough to defend herself or fight back. We need a facility where we can hide until she’s strong enough, if we don’t leave here tonight, we might get captured by the police.’
There was total silence for more than thirty seconds.
‘Chief, are you there?’ Cole asked.
‘I’ll call you back later.’ the voice sounded low and the call ended.
‘I guess the Chief is scared,’ Cole said to Henry, putting back the phone on the table.
‘What do we now?’
‘We have to wait for him, we can’t just launch out without knowing where to go.’ Cole replied.
‘But what if the car returns anytime soon, it was there for more than an hour, it looks like it went to get more of their men.’
‘We can’t still leave now, here is safer than anywhere else we can run to. The other option is if the boss gets well enough to speak to us.’
Both men remained in silence for the next couple of minutes, each one cleaving to his own thoughts and worries.
‘Where are you going to?’ Cole stared at Henry who had just risen to his feet.
‘I’m going to check on Omotara,’ Henry replied.
‘Come on sit and allow the nurse do her work well,’ Cole said giving him a reprimanding look.
‘She should be done by now, besides, she’s the one calling, I think she needs our attention.’ Henry replied, displaying the screen of his phone to Cole. There was an incoming call.
‘Alright, I’ll join you shortly.’ Cole said, waving him off. ‘But answer that call, she might just have something urgent to tell you.’ Cole added before Henry got to the door.
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**20 minutes later**
‘But Chief, why have you made such an urgent decision, I thought you said you’ll only return after you meet with her.’ Chief Nonso’s voice sounded through the phone with a surprised tone.
‘I can’t wait anymore, besides she’s in trouble now and I don’t think I can help her right now. I have to help myself by leaving immediately else I’ll be in trouble if I’m still here when she’s caught.’ Chief Gab replied.
‘Oh! That’s serious, isn’t there anything else could do?’
‘The only thing I know I can do is to leave as soon as possible.’
‘It’s okay Chief, I wish you safety.’
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5pm
‘I’ll be back tonight to give her some drugs,’ Tomi said, looking at Tarasha’s face on the bed she laid. Cole and Henry stood at the other side of the bed, listening to her as she gave instructions on what to do while she’s away. ‘I have to go now,’ she said as she straightened her dress. She picked her handbag from the seat it was and began to walk away.
Cole walked up to her and stopped her by holding her hands. ‘Tomi, thank you so much for coming.’ he said in a calm tone, both of them staring at each other’s faces.
‘It’s nothing to thank me for, it’s okay as far as I keep getting my bank credit alerts.’ she replied, unsmiling.
‘Thank you so much,’ Cole said again and grabbed her in a warm embrace. The embrace lasted for more than twenty seconds before Cole released her.
She felt a bit embarrassed but tried to comport herself. ‘You’re welcome,’ she said, forcing on a smile.
Cole still held her with his two hands by her elbow. His hands left her hands and found it’s way to the back of her head where he rubbed her hair gently. Then he pulled her face gently to himself and took her mouth in his, the kiss lasted for more than thirty seconds.
Tomi gasped and forced out another smile, the look on her face showed the embarrassment she tried to hide as she saw Henry smiling behind.
‘Please Henry, can you help see her off.’ Cole said to him as he turned back.
‘Okay,’ Henry agreed and walked up to Tomi as Cole walked back to Tarasha’s bed.
‘Tomi, please do not tell anyone about this place.’ Cole said to her. She nodded back in response.
Henry returned seven minutes later and found Cole seated on a plastic chair beside Tarasha’s seat. He had his legs crossed and a tablet device in his hands.
‘I never knew you were in love with her,’ Henry said as he proceeded towards the bed.
‘In love with who?’ Cole raised his eyebrow to look at him.
‘In love with the nurse,’ Henry replied. ‘No one says thank you to a nurse my hugging her so tight and kissing her like that.’
Cole chuckled. ‘It worked then,’ he said and turned his focus back to the tablet device.
‘What worked?’ Henry stared at him.
‘The trick,’ Cole replied, shaking his legs playfully. ‘If you can think I’m in love with her, then she must feel the same way too. It’s just a trick to stir up her emotions and her loyalty. Girls are easily deceived.’
‘That was just a trick?’ Come on, I’m not a kid.’ Henry smiled doubtingly. ‘You couldn’t have kissed her as passionately as that.’
‘Yes, you’re right, I didn’t really intend to kiss her so passionately but it took me so long to fix the device at the back of her hair.’
‘Huh? Which device?’
‘I attached a tracker to her hair.’ Cole stated. ‘It will only take a passionate kiss for her not to notice anything going on.’
Henry laughed. ‘Oh my God! You mean that kiss was just to fix a tracker to her hair?’
‘Definitely, why should I be in love with a w—e?’ Cole eyed him.
Henry chuckled, ‘It just looked too real’.
‘You have…’ Cole was about to say something when they heard a soft voice. Both of them paused and their gazes turned to Tarasha.
‘Has she left already?’ Tarasha asked in a weak voice.
‘Yes, she’s gone.’ Henry answered, running to her. He stopped at the bed and stared down at her face with his face full of smiles like a father who was watching his newly delivered baby. Cole also got up and stood by his side.
‘We need to move,’ Tarasha said. She tried to adjust herself and sit up but she couldn’t as her body was still weak. Cole offered to help her up but she refused politely, ‘Thanks, don’t bother.’
‘Where do we go to boss?’ Cole felt a bit happy now that his boss was talking, he was sure to get directions even if she couldn’t act by herself yet.
‘For now, we’ll move to the underground facility, Henry knows the way there. You just need to get the access cards from my room.’ she replied.
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‘The Inspector General will survive, the doctors have just confirmed it.’ a female journalist was reporting the news on television. ‘The police have still not confirmed the identity of the man with the bandage on his head and nothing has been said about the reason for the early morning raid.’
The scene faded away and a newscaster continued with the other items on the news.
‘These guys were just so stupid, how could they even allow themselves to be traced there?’ Rex said to himself as he arranged the instruments and weapons neatly into his backpack.
‘Boss, I think Cole should have a hand in this. He must have followed Tarasha to where you met with her and must have hidden somewhere to watch you people fight.’ Stainless said to him, bringing forth a set of knives he was sent to get.
Rex turned to face him with a disgusted look on his face, ‘And who was supposed to be watching out for Cole?’
Stainless faced down on seeing the angry look on Rex’ face, he regretted opening his mouth to speak.
‘I’ll make sure you pay for any other mistake you make,’ Rex hissed and returned to his work. He arranged the knives and a line of rope into the bag and zipped up the opening. He picked a neat nylon bag on the floor and put it into the second opening. He pulled up the bag and handed it to Stainless after zipping up every opening. ‘We’ll study the building images before moving tonight, I know they must have put up security measures to wade off intruders but what we’ll do is to find out strategic points where we can hide and find these structures they put in place, then we’ll find a way to put off all their security measures or evade them silently. But before we do all these, we must first have confirmed that they are in. And if after confirmation, our plans to escape their security measures don’t work, we’ll have to return to plan for another day.’
‘But why don’t we just set up bombs to explode the whole place once we confirm they’re inside there?’
‘We might end up killing more than just Tarasha and her men that way, I’ve considered it and I don’t think the Vice President will like it. But we will have no choice if our plan for tonight doesn’t work, we’ll blow off the whole place with an explosive which is powerful enough to have great impact even to the underground building if they have any.’
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7:30pm
‘You have to go back to my room, I have more bags that we’ll need there.’ Tarasha said to Cole who was lifting up two traveling bags to allow her see.
Cole glanced at Henry, they had gone to Tarasha’s room the first time together to select the access cards and some of the bags Tarasha instructed them to bring.
‘He’s not going with you,’ Tarasha said to Cole who was already signaling to Henry for them to go together.
‘Okay,’ Cole bowed and left alone reluctantly.
Henry stepped closer to Tarasha after Henry closed the door. He was looking into her eyes as he wondered why she wanted him to wait, his closest guess was that she wanted to tell him something private and personal.
‘Henry,’ she called and he responded by raising his eyebrows expectantly. ‘You’ll go to the control rooms to disconnect the receiver from the control system, after that you turn off every network on the system. We will need them where we are moving to.’
‘Oh!’ Henry’s shoulders dropped, he was expecting something different. ‘But I don’t know the passwords of all every network there.’
‘I’m aware that you do not need a password to disconnect them, besides you already broke into some of them when you were left alone here.’ she answered him.
Henry stared blankly at the wall for a while. ‘Alright,’ he sighed and turned away.
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‘Good evening Mr Sylvester, ‘ Dakolo spoke into the phone in a calm and pleasant voice.
‘Good evening Agent,’ Mr Sylvester replied in his usual tone.
‘How was work today?’ Dakolo continued with the formalities.
‘Fine sir, how about yours?’ Mr Sylvester replied.
‘It was good, thanks,’ Dakolo said and cleared his throat to begin the main discussion. ‘I’m calling you to find out about one of your staffs at the NSCC headquarters, or should I say someone who claims to be your staff. But I think I might have met him at your office once. I saw him this morning, he called himself Agent Dave.’
‘Agent Dave!’ Mr Sylvester exclaimed, his voice showing his surprise. ‘Where did you see him? He’s been away for sometime now.’
‘I met him in town very early this morning,’ Dakolo answered. ‘For how long has he been away?’
‘Just about four days now and we haven’t received any message from him since his absence. All our efforts to reach him through his phone number and email address has been futile. Even his neighbors could not tell us of his whereabouts when we located and visited his house.’
‘That’s quite interesting,’ Dakolo hummed.
‘Where exactly did you see him sir? We need him here, most of his tasks have been left undone since he disappeared.’
‘What position does he occupy in the Agency?’ Dakolo asked, ignoring the man’s question.
‘He’s a top official, he was handling the responsibilities of Evelyn Alexander and Henry E.G.’ Mr Sylvester answered.
‘Oh! That’s a huge responsibility he has there. But since he left, did he ever send a message or give any suggestion about what he’s up to?’
‘No, no one has heard from him for the past few days he’s been absent.’
‘Okay, thank you Mr Sylvester. I’ll see you in your office tomorrow to talk about this fully.’
‘Okay, what time should I be expecting you?’
‘I’ll call you before I come, have a good night rest.’
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8:29 pm
‘Tomi, where are you?’ Cole spoke into the phone. It was dark where he stood in front of the gate as the gate lights weren’t turned on yet.
‘I just dropped from the taxi and I’m walking down there now. You guys were the ones who asked me not to drop in front of your house.’
‘It’s okay, just hurry up, we need to lock the gate in few minutes time.’
‘I’m here already!’ Tomi sang in a melodious way which Cole hear both through the phone and also before him. He looked up and saw her smiling and waving at him as she walked towards the gate. He ended the call and put the phone into his pocket.
At that moment, the gate lights turned on and the place became brighter. Cole knew it was 8:30 pm as that was the planned time to switch on the lights, Tomi had delayed him for a long time.
‘Hey!’ Tomi flashed her teeth as she approached him.
‘Hi, what took you so long?’ he replied back with a fake smile.
‘I didn’t know I had to do so many other things,’ she said as she entered into his opened embrace. She looked up and gave him a brief kiss after the embrace.
‘Let’s go in,’ he said as he collected one of the bags she was holding. He opened the gate and allowed her in first.
As he entered, he thought about the change in her body language that night. She had felt embarrassed when he kissed her earlier that day but now she was the one initiating a kiss. She probably could have taken some time to think about the whole situation after she left and decided to enjoy the moment with him.
He smiled and followed behind her after locking the gate. ‘Hope you didn’t forget anything?’
‘No, I didn’t.’ she answered, waiting for him to level up with him. ‘I will bring more of the things I need to add tomorrow.’
‘Hmm,’ Cole hummed as he took her hands in his. He also noticed her change of clothes and the short sexy gown she was putting on now. She also had a makeup on and her hair was styled differently. Cole needed no other explanation as to why she came late, it was obvious she had taken the time to beatify herself before coming.
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Meanwhile, two other people were watching at the other side of the road.
‘I don’t know who that girl is, but that’s the guy who rescued Samantha Osman this morning.’ Dave said to Lizzy who was seated at the passengers’ side of his car.
‘Is this picture clear enough?’ Lizzy asked, showing him a picture she had taken of Cole and Tomi at the front of the gate just immediately after the gate lights came on.
‘It should be,’ Dave took the device from her and placed his fingers on it to zoom the picture. Cole’s face was shown clearly but only Tomi’s side view was captured. ‘With this, I can do something.’ Dave added.
‘Cool, so are we good to go?’ she asked, putting on her seatbelt already.
‘Oh Ye…’ Dave almost answered, already putting on his seatbelt too but his mouth was left agape as he saw something. His eyes followed the movement of a vehicle at the other side of the carriageway.
‘What’s that?’ Lizzy asked, trying to see what he was looking at.
‘Nothing, I just thought I saw someone I know.’ Dave strapped on the seatbelt and started the engine and trafficator. He took some few seconds to observe the road through the side mirror before driving into it.
As they drove off, another car parked at the same spot they left.
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8:45pm
Lizzy wondered what the movement was all about as the bags she was given to carry now was heavier than the one she brought with her. Cole had put her bags into a bigger one and asked her to help him with it and another big one. Little did she know she had more to do that night.
‘We’re moving to our underground facility,’ Cole had said to her and without any further explanation began to ask her to help him.
Henry navigated Tarasha gently out from the medical lab on the wheelchair she was placed to the corridor where Cole and Tomi were waiting for them. Tomi was the first to turn back and see them coming, she was surprised that Tarasha was awake already.
‘Hey! What are you doing up already?’ she shouted watching them as they approached. ‘She’s still supposed to be resting on the bed for now, who woke her up?’ she turned and asked Cole who gave her no response. She turned back towards Tarasha and Henry and shone her eyes at Tarasha as they got to them.
‘Good evening nurse,’ Tarasha greeted, looking up into her eyes. ‘I hope you’re ready?’
Tomi turned to look at Cole, not understanding what Tarasha meant by asking if she was ready.
‘Did you bring everything you need?’ Tarasha asked again.
‘Yes, your royal Majesty,’ Tomi answered in a teasing way, folding her arms and wondering who this lady speaking in an authoritative voice was.
‘Good,’ Tarasha nodded and signaled for Henry to keep wheeling her.
Cole held Tomi back by the shoulder as Henry wheeled Tarasha out of the corridor. She turned back to him with a surprised look on her face, ‘Hey! You never really told me who that girl is.’ she said to Cole.
‘Be careful Tomi, that’s my boss.’
‘Your boss? That girl?’ Tomi still had a surprised expression on her face, wondering how Cole who was next to Don in the Nanl Gang could agree to be submissive to a young lady.
‘Yes, she is. And she’s the one called Samantha Osman in case you don’t know,’ Cole added and picked up his bags from the floor, leaving her standing dumbfounded.
Tomi stood speechless for some seconds, her expression had changed to a shocked one when she heard that the girl, her patient was Samantha Osman. She didn’t expect that Samantha Osman was someone she would easily see like that and she had also never imagined her to be a young lady, she was expecting someone far older that the age she was seeing now.
‘Can we go now please, they’re waiting for us.’ Cole returned to get her.
She quickly picked up her bags and walked away with Cole.
‘Who’s taking charge of the security cameras when we get down there?’ Tarasha asked as they proceeded further after Cole and Tomi had joined them.
‘I will take care of that,’ Henry replied after taking a glance at Cole.
‘That means Cole would be in charge of the weapons,’ Tarasha said as they got to the entrance of the study which led to the underground.
Cole dropped his bag and moved forward to clear the five other bags that were at the entrance, earlier placed there by him. He opened the door and Henry wheeled Tarasha into the study. Henry walked straight to the place the wall clock was and brought it down, he inserted the card into the reader and punched in the codes, the wall split into two before him.
He turned back and spoke to Tarasha, ‘How do we stop the timer from reading?’
‘You don’t need to stop it, it hasn’t started reading yet’ she replied him.
‘But it’ll start once someone steps in,’ Henry said.
‘I changed the process yesterday, it would not read.’ she said and tried to wheel herself but couldn’t use her hands properly.
Henry walked to her and held the wheelchair in readiness to move but he stopped on remembering that he had to carry her down the stairs. He turned to look at Cole who was staring in surprise at the opened door of the underground. ‘Cole, you gotta assist me with the wheelchair.’ he said and lifted Tara into his hands, balancing a hand at the back of her knees and the other at her back.
Cole moved further inside and dropped his bags at one side, then he pulled the wheelchair after Henry who proceeded with Tarasha in his hands.
He followed down the stairs until they got to the landing, he positioned it properly and Henry dropped Tarasha back on the wheelchair carefully.
‘Henry, I need to have a bath tonight.’ Tarasha said in a soft tone as he dropped her on the chair.
‘Ermm… Thank God the nurse is here, she will help us with that.’ Henry said, looking towards the nurse who was now standing on the first step of the stairs.
‘No, you will do it.’ Tarasha said in an instructive tone.
‘Huh?’ Henry shot her a shocked look.
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‘There’s no sign of movement in the compound yet,’ Rex said to himself although loud enough for Stainless who sat beside him to hear. He had a headset covering his ears which he used to listened to what was going on behind the gate. They had attached a listening chip to the gate which could grab voice from anywhere in the compound as far as it wasn’t even protected by a wall.
‘Their neighbors confirmed that a man and a woman entered not too long before we arrived,’ Stainless said to Rex.
‘I know and I’m sure people are in the building but we can’t tell yet if the people we want are the ones who are inside; Cole and Tarasha.’
‘I think they are the ones; the guy could have been Cole or Henry and the girl must be Samantha.’
Rex shot a cold look at him, ‘Samantha couldn’t have recuperated well enough to walk, it has to be someone else.’
There was silence for the next ten minutes which Rex used to listen more for any sound through the headset. After that he handed over the headset to Stainless and picked a backpack from the backseat, then he got out of the car and headed towards the building.
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**NIS Underground Office**
A neat cropped photograph of Cole could be seen displayed on the desktop screen, Dave was seated behind the system. With the aid of the mouse, he selected and labeled the different features on Cole’s face one after the other. Then he clicked on the ‘search’ button just below the picture and a dialog box to show the processing progress displayed.
After searching for about five minutes, the dialog box indicated the completion of the process with the word ‘FOUND’. Dave clicked on ‘OK’ just below the main word and a new tab opened on the window. It loaded for five seconds and displayed on the new page the full profile of Cole, showing his full name, his date of birth and other birth details, his parent’s information and some of his other personal details.
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11:30am
The new sitting room was a beautiful one, carefully organized and decorated but not as big as the one in the main building. Cole and Tomi had taken time to clean up the living room and two other rooms after they moved in all the loads. The underground facility had other rooms but only the living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and the restrooms were for domestic purposes, the other rooms were either weapons’ stores, computer rooms or just empty.
‘I thought I was supposed to only work as a nurse here, how come I had to join you clean up the place?’ Tomi spoke for the first time since they finished cleaning up. She and Cole were the only ones in the living room, Henry had gone with Tarasha to bath and dress and dress her up.
‘Don’t talk as if you did any thorough clean up, the place wasn’t dirty, it was only a little bit dusty.’ Cole replied her.
‘Oh! But how come I had to join you at all?’
‘Why are you complaining after we’re done with it? You didn’t say anything when I asked you to join me,’ Cole said.
‘I didn’t know we were going to work so much,’ she replied.
Cole chuckled. He got up from the sofa and walked to her, he sat on the arm of the chair and placed a hand around her neck. ‘You don’t have anything else to talk about, that’s why you’re complaining, right?’ he said, looking into her face.
‘Oh! You think I’m just complaining because I want to talk?’ she eyed him.
He sighed. ‘Okay, Tomi.’ He said, raising up his hands in the air. ‘You win, I’m sorry for making you work like that.’ he tilted his face and made a funny expression at her. ‘Are you okay now?’
She responded by giving him a light playful slap on the face. He smiled and grabbed her hand.
‘Wait! Will we continue to see after I finish the treatment here?’ she stopped playing and asked.
‘Huh?’ he raised his eyebrows, looking into her eyes directly. He knew he had sparked off some feelings in her when he kissed her earlier but he wasn’t ready to return whatever feeling she was developing for him, he had only done that to attach the tracking and recording chip to her hair.
He remembered that he had not checked if the tracker was still in her hair or it had fallen down when she had her bath. But he was quite sure of the former, the kind of hair she plaited would require her to cover her hair while bathing so that it wouldn’t get wet and that meant she wouldn’t have touched the hair while bathing except while she rearranged it.
‘I mean, will you reach me again after tomorrow when I leave here?’ she explained.
‘Where are you going to?’ He questioned her.
‘Going back home and to my job of course,’ she replied.
‘I told Tarasha that you can cook,’ Cole said and looked away.
‘And what does that mean?’ she squinted.
‘The boss wants you to remain here,’ Cole replied. ‘You think we would have allowed you know of this underground facility if you weren’t going to join us.’
‘I can’t stay here,’ she refused.
‘You will.’
‘No, I can’t stay here. I’m not prepared, besides I’ve got a new job I have to go back to.’
‘You don’t have to go back to any job, you have another here, you’ll get paid monthly and I assure you that she pays nicely.’
‘No, but I can’t just leave everything like that,’ she argued.
‘Tomi, I advice that you don’t reject this offer,’ Cole said in a serious tone, getting to to his feet.
‘But…’ she stammered uncontrollably.
‘Listen Tomi, you have all you need here,’ Cole said, taking a squat position before her. He placed his elbows gently on her laps and looked into her eyes. ‘You don’t need to go back where you were working with the street thugs and riffraffs, the boss will pay you well.’
‘Its just that…’
‘Shhh…’ he hushed her and placed a finger on her lips as he rose slowly and brought his face closer to hers. His lips touched hers softly and withdrew immediately, he looked into her eyes as he placed his hands on gently on her neck and covered her mouth with his. His fingers found it’s way into her hair and he was able to locate the device, he took it out gently and dropped it behind the chair. He tried to break the kiss but she wasn’t ready to let him go yet as she continued to pull him closer.
‘Hmm…’ someone cleared his throat behind them. They quickly broke away from each other and Cole turned back. Henry had just wheeled Tarasha into the living room, she had been bathed and had changed into a white top and white shorts. Henry also looked refreshed, he had also changed his clothes and had his hair neatly combed.
‘You guys are going to stay in the same room tonight, you should have been patient enough.’ Tarasha said as Henry wheeled her to the middle of the living room. ‘Cole, you can have your seat.’ she said and waited for Cole to respond. Henry also joined Cole on the three seater sofa directly in front of Tarasha. ‘What’s your name nurse?’ She turned to Tomi with a smile.
‘Tomi,’ she replied with mixed feelings of fear and confusion. Her eyes met an encouraging look on Cole’s face.
‘To me,’ Tarasha said, pronouncing the name in a funny way.
‘Tomi,’ the nurse corrected.
‘Tomi,’ Tarasha pronounced again, getting it right this time.
‘Yes, Tomi.’ the nurse nodded.
‘What exactly is wrong with me? I’ve not been able to use my hands well, other parts of my body have also been so weak.’
‘I don’t really know what know what happened to you, so I can’t say or guess what the problem is. We will have to use an hospital facility to be really sure at this moment,’ Tomi answered, mentioning her words carefully and one after the other and also glancing at Cole frequently.
‘I was tortured by the enemy group and I also have a bullet wound on my back, I see that you redressed it earlier. ‘ Tarasha said to her.
‘Yes, I did. I only hope it wasn’t soaked by water when you had a bath. I thought I was supposed to bath you tonight,’ Tomi replied.
Tarasha smiled and her eyes met with Henry’s, ‘I can’t really say if it was touched by water or not.’
‘I did not allow water to get into…’ Henry said with his eyes blinking as he felt shy about owning up to have bathed an unclad woman.’
‘I can’t really trust that word,’ Tarasha cut in with a kind of mocking smile. ‘I need to get a more thorough bath tomorrow, I could even tell he closed his eyes when he got to some parts on my body.’ she said looking at Henry.
Cole could not help but burst into laughter and Tarasha joined in the laughter.
‘Well, I’m happy he did it anyways.’ Tarasha said after laughing. ‘So nurse, I’m aware you’ve him drugs for me already.’
‘Yes, I did.’
‘Thank you. And I also want to believe you’re aware that you have a job here.’
Tomi frowned and took a glance at Cole’s face.
‘Oh! I don’t mean the one you do in the room with him,’ Tarasha said chuckling. ‘You have an official one to do with me.’
‘Yes, I’m aware.’ Tomi finally answered shyly.
‘Good! I hope I get well as soon as I want but whether or not I do, we’ll start with what we have to do immediately.’
Chapter 8 part 10&11
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Dave stared hard at her with his eyes widely open in shock and she stared back without blinking, confident that her allegations against him were accurate.
‘Where did you get that from?’ Dave finally found his voice.
‘It’s all over the news baby, everyone now knows that the Inspector General was shot by someone who to me matched your description,’ she replied.
‘Well, I don’t think I have to lie to you about my involvement but I’m quite sure you should know that the media would never report the accurate information and that’s because they don’t get it from honest sources but from the police who will distort it to their favour.’ Dave continued, looking intently into her eyes. She placed her legs over each other and folded her arms with her bum still resting against the drawer as she listened . ‘What did you hear on the news?’
‘That the Inspector General and other police officers were injured when they went for an early morning raid at a suspicious building.’ she answered.
Dave let out a deep breath and blinked. ‘I don’t know about the trueness of that but I didn’t kill any police man,’ Dave lied. ‘The truth is I was there this morning for issues relating to my case but…’ Dave hissed, he seemed to have lost words to explain himself.
‘We’re both NIS agents, don’t lie to me Dave.’ she said staring straight into his eyes. He looked away but she turned his face back to herself.
‘Lizzy, it’s a complicated and everything is not just the way it appears.”
‘Then how is it? You killed police officers Dave, that was uncalled for.’ She said as she got to her feet and began to walk around. ‘No matter the urgency in the case, we are always urged to avoid killing innocent people but you didn’t just kill innocent people, you killed other security officials who might just be on the same case with you. You’ve turned yourself against the government and the citizens.’
‘Hey! Please lower your voice Lizzy,’ Dave sprung up from the chair and turned to Lizzy who was still pacing around. ‘Someone might be listening to us.’
‘Someone might be listening to us?’ Lizzy stopped and stared at him with an eyebrow raised and her hands on her waist. ‘Do you know how many people would soon get to know that you were the man the news reported.’
‘No one will know,’ Dave tried to speak confidently, but his voice betrayed him. ‘You’re the only one that knows I was on bandage this morning.’
‘Oh!’ she shook her head and laughed. ‘What’s wrong with you Dave?’
Dave paused to ponder on her question. He faced down and drew in a deep breath. Was something really wrong with him, he thought in his mind. That morning he had taken sides with a criminal group instead of helping the police to make sure the criminals do not escape. But he wasn’t stupid, he argued his sanity in his mind. He didn’t fight against the police that morning as an enemy of the state or an enemy of the citizens and he didn’t turn against them because he wanted to be the one to take credit for nailing Samantha Osman. He did because he knew that the Inspector General and his group of police officers were not there for official purposes and neither were they there to do something legal, he knew that there was definitely something hidden in their cupboards or why else would the Vice President be at the location of a police raid, disguised at such an early hour. He couldn’t have let them go with Samantha Osman and her man, or else facts would have been distorted and the whole country would have been deceived by the two cunning top government official.
‘Dave, Dave!’ Lizzy screamed twice at him before he blinked in response.
Dave sighed again, ‘It’s a long story Lizzy, I can’t tell you all now.’
‘I’m not asking you to tell me all, I’m telling you that you’ve gotten yourself into a deep mess.’ she said with a serious look on her face.
‘Lizzy, as far as you don’t tell anyone that you dressed me with the bandages this morning, no one else would know I was the one described.’
‘Are you kidding me Dave?’ she narrowed her eyes at him, her face with a surprised expression. ‘The street cameras would provide them enough pictures to search for your features and get your full details.’
‘I got that covered Lizzy,’ Dave said and walked back to his seat. ‘The Cameras commission won’t find any footage to present if they’re asked.’
‘How sure are you about this?’ She said as she began to walk back towards him. ‘That road is a major one which has so many security cameras.’
‘I know, but I got it covered already.’
Lizzy returned to the previous spot where she leaned against the drawer, she folded her arms again and stared at his face with doubts in her eyes.
‘Listen Lizzy, I have acc…’ Dave stopped and coughed. ‘I know someone who has access to the Cameras commission database, he’s taken care of the footages for me.’
‘And how sure are you that the person didn’t deceive you?’ Lizzy asked, her doubts still obvious in her tone.
‘Hundred percent sure,’ Dave replied.
‘Now what about Dan? He knows you were here with me this morning,’ Lizzy said.
‘Yes but he didn’t wait to see how you dressed me up or which direction I went after that, besides I’m not the only one in this town who had a bandage on his head this morning. Dan wouldn’t suspect anything except you tell him that the police’ description matches my look after I was dressed up by you.’
‘And you think I’ll tell him?’ Lizzy raised a brow.
Dave shrugged, ‘I don’t know, but I’m pleading with you not to.’
‘He’s a member of your team and you guys are also close friends, why don’t you confide in him?’ Lizzy asked, not knowing she had raised a sensitive issue.
Dave folded his lips in and shook his head. ‘I can’t really trust any secret into Dan’s hands in this case,’ he said and stopped to look at her face. ‘Lizzy, I know we’ve worked together on several occasions and we were in the same team for close to ten months, but can I trust you with this?’ he asked with a soft voice.
She squinted at him.
‘I mean can I trust you? As a friend, not as a colleague whose loyalty is to the NIS alone.’ Dave added to explain his question.
‘What is it David? Tell me,’ Lizzy said in a calming tone. She moved closer to him and squatted before him placing her hands on the armrest of his chair.
David stared at her silently for a moment before he finally spoke, ‘Please get a chair to sit,’ he said pointing to an empty chair.
Lizzy reached for the chair and pulled it closer, she sat very close to him with her knees touching his.
‘Right now, I’m working on Samantha Osman’s case and that’s what have led me into this situation.’ he started after adjusting his seating position. Lizzy paid him full attention especially after hearing him mention Samantha Osman. ‘You know she has been killing top citizens of the country; government officials, both past and current. You also know about her last attempt on the Vice President’s life failed when the bullet hit the wrong place. I’ve done a lot of work since I was given this case and I’ve discovered that it’s more than just random assassinations, all the deaths and the main victims are connected except for the late Rivers State Governor whose connection with the others we’ve not been able to see.’
‘Of course, any reasonable agent should know that the deaths are connected,’ Lizzy put in.
‘Yea,’ Dave continued. ‘The Vice President appears to be the next in line on her list and the intelligent man was lucky he discovered quickly that he was next, his preventive measures are what has been keeping him till now. The Vice President has recruited his friend, the Inspector General to work with him to hide this secret that he has which the assassin wants to get him for and that they’ll do by capturing and silencing her.’
‘I don’t still understand,’ Lizzy frowned.
‘You see, the Vice President has a dirty secret ; something he’s done in the past together with the other victims of Samantha Osman and maybe some others we don’t know yet. This dirty secret is the cause for the haunt; so the Vice President is as desperate to keep the past secret as he is desperate to live. To keep his secret, he has involved the Inspector General in his illegal activities, so they’re going after Samantha both illegally and legally. Legally through the public activities of the police geared towards nabbing Samantha and illegally through the hidden activities the Inspector General makes his boys do. That’s why the police is not truthful in handling the case, they don’t want the public to have any view of Samantha as someone killing people for their past evil deeds but see her as an enemy killing innocent people. They distort the information released to the media every time. For example, the news media reported that Samantha Osman tried to kill her men’s parents and Stephanie Williams but the truth is that she rescued these people from the kidnappers who I suspect to be Hoodlums working for the Vice President…’
‘I don’t get,’ Lizzy cut in. ‘Isn’t it the police that intercepted her and took Stephanie Williams and those old couples to City Gate Hospital?’
‘No, that’s what they made the media report but Samantha was the one who rescued them and drove them to the hospital. The Inspector General lied when he made claims that the person who took them to the hospital was a female officer, it was Samantha and not a police officer.’
‘It was confirmed by the hospital and the patients.’
‘The police paid the patients and the hospital workers to lie, and they also drugged Stephanie Williams to make her lose her memory, I got the accurate information from her before she was drugged.’
‘Hmmm…’
‘There are several other things the public have the wrong view about too and that’s what I’m trying to clear. I don’t want this case to end without all the criminals getting their deserved punishment; these includes Samantha herself, her sponsors and her victims if truly they are guilty. This morning, they wanted to kill her finally and they planned on doing it silently but I stopped them because if she dies now, there would be no way the Vice President would be punished for his evil deeds.’
‘No, so you want her to kill the Vice President first?’
‘No, I want her and the Vice President alive. She’s an evidence of the Vice President crimes and her death would give him an opportunity to cover his sins completely.’
‘But why is Dan not assisting you?’
‘Dan cannot assist me here, I’m hiding things from him.’ Dave looked away. ‘I suspect the NIS Chairman has been bribed by the NIS Chairman, he threatened me and gave me some money after I agreed also and I’m sure he’s done the same with Dave .’
Lizzy opened her mouth in shock.
‘Lizzy, this is meant for your ears alone.’ Dave warned.
‘Sure, nobody else would hear it from me.’ She promised. ‘But where is Samantha Osman now?’
‘There’s somewhere I suspect she’s hiding with her men, and that’s where I need your help.’
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‘Tarasha!’ Chief Gab’s voice came blaring through the phone speaker as the call was answered, Cole had to take it far from his ears for comfort.
‘No Chief, she’s not here yet. I’m the one calling back.’ Cole said after putting the phone on loud speakers for he and Henry to listen.
‘Have your delivered my message to her?’
‘No Chief, you should know she’s in a very serious situation for someone else to be handling her phone. Or has someone else spoken on her behalf to you before?’
There was silence for some seconds before the Chief replied, ‘What situation is she in?’
‘She’s terribly injured and receiving treatment right now. The Vice President got another assassin group to counter us,’ Cole replied.
‘So Tarasha could not handle another assassin group? I thought she already handled the best in Nigeria, the Nanl Gang .’
‘Yes but this new guy isn’t a Nigerian assassin.’
‘What do you mean?’
‘There’s no time to explain right now Chief, we need your help urgently to stay safe. The police and this other assassin group are seriously on our tail and they’ve discovered our location already. Tarasha is down and it will take more than a week for her to be well enough to defend herself or fight back. We need a facility where we can hide until she’s strong enough, if we don’t leave here tonight, we might get captured by the police.’
There was total silence for more than thirty seconds.
‘Chief, are you there?’ Cole asked.
‘I’ll call you back later.’ the voice sounded low and the call ended.
‘I guess the Chief is scared,’ Cole said to Henry, putting back the phone on the table.
‘What do we now?’
‘We have to wait for him, we can’t just launch out without knowing where to go.’ Cole replied.
‘But what if the car returns anytime soon, it was there for more than an hour, it looks like it went to get more of their men.’
‘We can’t still leave now, here is safer than anywhere else we can run to. The other option is if the boss gets well enough to speak to us.’
Both men remained in silence for the next couple of minutes, each one cleaving to his own thoughts and worries.
‘Where are you going to?’ Cole stared at Henry who had just risen to his feet.
‘I’m going to check on Omotara,’ Henry replied.
‘Come on sit and allow the nurse do her work well,’ Cole said giving him a reprimanding look.
‘She should be done by now, besides, she’s the one calling, I think she needs our attention.’ Henry replied, displaying the screen of his phone to Cole. There was an incoming call.
‘Alright, I’ll join you shortly.’ Cole said, waving him off. ‘But answer that call, she might just have something urgent to tell you.’ Cole added before Henry got to the door.
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**20 minutes later**
‘But Chief, why have you made such an urgent decision, I thought you said you’ll only return after you meet with her.’ Chief Nonso’s voice sounded through the phone with a surprised tone.
‘I can’t wait anymore, besides she’s in trouble now and I don’t think I can help her right now. I have to help myself by leaving immediately else I’ll be in trouble if I’m still here when she’s caught.’ Chief Gab replied.
‘Oh! That’s serious, isn’t there anything else could do?’
‘The only thing I know I can do is to leave as soon as possible.’
‘It’s okay Chief, I wish you safety.’
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5pm
‘I’ll be back tonight to give her some drugs,’ Tomi said, looking at Tarasha’s face on the bed she laid. Cole and Henry stood at the other side of the bed, listening to her as she gave instructions on what to do while she’s away. ‘I have to go now,’ she said as she straightened her dress. She picked her handbag from the seat it was and began to walk away.
Cole walked up to her and stopped her by holding her hands. ‘Tomi, thank you so much for coming.’ he said in a calm tone, both of them staring at each other’s faces.
‘It’s nothing to thank me for, it’s okay as far as I keep getting my bank credit alerts.’ she replied, unsmiling.
‘Thank you so much,’ Cole said again and grabbed her in a warm embrace. The embrace lasted for more than twenty seconds before Cole released her.
She felt a bit embarrassed but tried to comport herself. ‘You’re welcome,’ she said, forcing on a smile.
Cole still held her with his two hands by her elbow. His hands left her hands and found it’s way to the back of her head where he rubbed her hair gently. Then he pulled her face gently to himself and took her mouth in his, the kiss lasted for more than thirty seconds.
Tomi gasped and forced out another smile, the look on her face showed the embarrassment she tried to hide as she saw Henry smiling behind.
‘Please Henry, can you help see her off.’ Cole said to him as he turned back.
‘Okay,’ Henry agreed and walked up to Tomi as Cole walked back to Tarasha’s bed.
‘Tomi, please do not tell anyone about this place.’ Cole said to her. She nodded back in response.
Henry returned seven minutes later and found Cole seated on a plastic chair beside Tarasha’s seat. He had his legs crossed and a tablet device in his hands.
‘I never knew you were in love with her,’ Henry said as he proceeded towards the bed.
‘In love with who?’ Cole raised his eyebrow to look at him.
‘In love with the nurse,’ Henry replied. ‘No one says thank you to a nurse my hugging her so tight and kissing her like that.’
Cole chuckled. ‘It worked then,’ he said and turned his focus back to the tablet device.
‘What worked?’ Henry stared at him.
‘The trick,’ Cole replied, shaking his legs playfully. ‘If you can think I’m in love with her, then she must feel the same way too. It’s just a trick to stir up her emotions and her loyalty. Girls are easily deceived.’
‘That was just a trick?’ Come on, I’m not a kid.’ Henry smiled doubtingly. ‘You couldn’t have kissed her as passionately as that.’
‘Yes, you’re right, I didn’t really intend to kiss her so passionately but it took me so long to fix the device at the back of her hair.’
‘Huh? Which device?’
‘I attached a tracker to her hair.’ Cole stated. ‘It will only take a passionate kiss for her not to notice anything going on.’
Henry laughed. ‘Oh my God! You mean that kiss was just to fix a tracker to her hair?’
‘Definitely, why should I be in love with a w—e?’ Cole eyed him.
Henry chuckled, ‘It just looked too real’.
‘You have…’ Cole was about to say something when they heard a soft voice. Both of them paused and their gazes turned to Tarasha.
‘Has she left already?’ Tarasha asked in a weak voice.
‘Yes, she’s gone.’ Henry answered, running to her. He stopped at the bed and stared down at her face with his face full of smiles like a father who was watching his newly delivered baby. Cole also got up and stood by his side.
‘We need to move,’ Tarasha said. She tried to adjust herself and sit up but she couldn’t as her body was still weak. Cole offered to help her up but she refused politely, ‘Thanks, don’t bother.’
‘Where do we go to boss?’ Cole felt a bit happy now that his boss was talking, he was sure to get directions even if she couldn’t act by herself yet.
‘For now, we’ll move to the underground facility, Henry knows the way there. You just need to get the access cards from my room.’ she replied.
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‘The Inspector General will survive, the doctors have just confirmed it.’ a female journalist was reporting the news on television. ‘The police have still not confirmed the identity of the man with the bandage on his head and nothing has been said about the reason for the early morning raid.’
The scene faded away and a newscaster continued with the other items on the news.
‘These guys were just so stupid, how could they even allow themselves to be traced there?’ Rex said to himself as he arranged the instruments and weapons neatly into his backpack.
‘Boss, I think Cole should have a hand in this. He must have followed Tarasha to where you met with her and must have hidden somewhere to watch you people fight.’ Stainless said to him, bringing forth a set of knives he was sent to get.
Rex turned to face him with a disgusted look on his face, ‘And who was supposed to be watching out for Cole?’
Stainless faced down on seeing the angry look on Rex’ face, he regretted opening his mouth to speak.
‘I’ll make sure you pay for any other mistake you make,’ Rex hissed and returned to his work. He arranged the knives and a line of rope into the bag and zipped up the opening. He picked a neat nylon bag on the floor and put it into the second opening. He pulled up the bag and handed it to Stainless after zipping up every opening. ‘We’ll study the building images before moving tonight, I know they must have put up security measures to wade off intruders but what we’ll do is to find out strategic points where we can hide and find these structures they put in place, then we’ll find a way to put off all their security measures or evade them silently. But before we do all these, we must first have confirmed that they are in. And if after confirmation, our plans to escape their security measures don’t work, we’ll have to return to plan for another day.’
‘But why don’t we just set up bombs to explode the whole place once we confirm they’re inside there?’
‘We might end up killing more than just Tarasha and her men that way, I’ve considered it and I don’t think the Vice President will like it. But we will have no choice if our plan for tonight doesn’t work, we’ll blow off the whole place with an explosive which is powerful enough to have great impact even to the underground building if they have any.’
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7:30pm
‘You have to go back to my room, I have more bags that we’ll need there.’ Tarasha said to Cole who was lifting up two traveling bags to allow her see.
Cole glanced at Henry, they had gone to Tarasha’s room the first time together to select the access cards and some of the bags Tarasha instructed them to bring.
‘He’s not going with you,’ Tarasha said to Cole who was already signaling to Henry for them to go together.
‘Okay,’ Cole bowed and left alone reluctantly.
Henry stepped closer to Tarasha after Henry closed the door. He was looking into her eyes as he wondered why she wanted him to wait, his closest guess was that she wanted to tell him something private and personal.
‘Henry,’ she called and he responded by raising his eyebrows expectantly. ‘You’ll go to the control rooms to disconnect the receiver from the control system, after that you turn off every network on the system. We will need them where we are moving to.’
‘Oh!’ Henry’s shoulders dropped, he was expecting something different. ‘But I don’t know the passwords of all every network there.’
‘I’m aware that you do not need a password to disconnect them, besides you already broke into some of them when you were left alone here.’ she answered him.
Henry stared blankly at the wall for a while. ‘Alright,’ he sighed and turned away.
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‘Good evening Mr Sylvester, ‘ Dakolo spoke into the phone in a calm and pleasant voice.
‘Good evening Agent,’ Mr Sylvester replied in his usual tone.
‘How was work today?’ Dakolo continued with the formalities.
‘Fine sir, how about yours?’ Mr Sylvester replied.
‘It was good, thanks,’ Dakolo said and cleared his throat to begin the main discussion. ‘I’m calling you to find out about one of your staffs at the NSCC headquarters, or should I say someone who claims to be your staff. But I think I might have met him at your office once. I saw him this morning, he called himself Agent Dave.’
‘Agent Dave!’ Mr Sylvester exclaimed, his voice showing his surprise. ‘Where did you see him? He’s been away for sometime now.’
‘I met him in town very early this morning,’ Dakolo answered. ‘For how long has he been away?’
‘Just about four days now and we haven’t received any message from him since his absence. All our efforts to reach him through his phone number and email address has been futile. Even his neighbors could not tell us of his whereabouts when we located and visited his house.’
‘That’s quite interesting,’ Dakolo hummed.
‘Where exactly did you see him sir? We need him here, most of his tasks have been left undone since he disappeared.’
‘What position does he occupy in the Agency?’ Dakolo asked, ignoring the man’s question.
‘He’s a top official, he was handling the responsibilities of Evelyn Alexander and Henry E.G.’ Mr Sylvester answered.
‘Oh! That’s a huge responsibility he has there. But since he left, did he ever send a message or give any suggestion about what he’s up to?’
‘No, no one has heard from him for the past few days he’s been absent.’
‘Okay, thank you Mr Sylvester. I’ll see you in your office tomorrow to talk about this fully.’
‘Okay, what time should I be expecting you?’
‘I’ll call you before I come, have a good night rest.’
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8:29 pm
‘Tomi, where are you?’ Cole spoke into the phone. It was dark where he stood in front of the gate as the gate lights weren’t turned on yet.
‘I just dropped from the taxi and I’m walking down there now. You guys were the ones who asked me not to drop in front of your house.’
‘It’s okay, just hurry up, we need to lock the gate in few minutes time.’
‘I’m here already!’ Tomi sang in a melodious way which Cole hear both through the phone and also before him. He looked up and saw her smiling and waving at him as she walked towards the gate. He ended the call and put the phone into his pocket.
At that moment, the gate lights turned on and the place became brighter. Cole knew it was 8:30 pm as that was the planned time to switch on the lights, Tomi had delayed him for a long time.
‘Hey!’ Tomi flashed her teeth as she approached him.
‘Hi, what took you so long?’ he replied back with a fake smile.
‘I didn’t know I had to do so many other things,’ she said as she entered into his opened embrace. She looked up and gave him a brief kiss after the embrace.
‘Let’s go in,’ he said as he collected one of the bags she was holding. He opened the gate and allowed her in first.
As he entered, he thought about the change in her body language that night. She had felt embarrassed when he kissed her earlier that day but now she was the one initiating a kiss. She probably could have taken some time to think about the whole situation after she left and decided to enjoy the moment with him.
He smiled and followed behind her after locking the gate. ‘Hope you didn’t forget anything?’
‘No, I didn’t.’ she answered, waiting for him to level up with him. ‘I will bring more of the things I need to add tomorrow.’
‘Hmm,’ Cole hummed as he took her hands in his. He also noticed her change of clothes and the short sexy gown she was putting on now. She also had a makeup on and her hair was styled differently. Cole needed no other explanation as to why she came late, it was obvious she had taken the time to beatify herself before coming.
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Meanwhile, two other people were watching at the other side of the road.
‘I don’t know who that girl is, but that’s the guy who rescued Samantha Osman this morning.’ Dave said to Lizzy who was seated at the passengers’ side of his car.
‘Is this picture clear enough?’ Lizzy asked, showing him a picture she had taken of Cole and Tomi at the front of the gate just immediately after the gate lights came on.
‘It should be,’ Dave took the device from her and placed his fingers on it to zoom the picture. Cole’s face was shown clearly but only Tomi’s side view was captured. ‘With this, I can do something.’ Dave added.
‘Cool, so are we good to go?’ she asked, putting on her seatbelt already.
‘Oh Ye…’ Dave almost answered, already putting on his seatbelt too but his mouth was left agape as he saw something. His eyes followed the movement of a vehicle at the other side of the carriageway.
‘What’s that?’ Lizzy asked, trying to see what he was looking at.
‘Nothing, I just thought I saw someone I know.’ Dave strapped on the seatbelt and started the engine and trafficator. He took some few seconds to observe the road through the side mirror before driving into it.
As they drove off, another car parked at the same spot they left.
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8:45pm
Lizzy wondered what the movement was all about as the bags she was given to carry now was heavier than the one she brought with her. Cole had put her bags into a bigger one and asked her to help him with it and another big one. Little did she know she had more to do that night.
‘We’re moving to our underground facility,’ Cole had said to her and without any further explanation began to ask her to help him.
Henry navigated Tarasha gently out from the medical lab on the wheelchair she was placed to the corridor where Cole and Tomi were waiting for them. Tomi was the first to turn back and see them coming, she was surprised that Tarasha was awake already.
‘Hey! What are you doing up already?’ she shouted watching them as they approached. ‘She’s still supposed to be resting on the bed for now, who woke her up?’ she turned and asked Cole who gave her no response. She turned back towards Tarasha and Henry and shone her eyes at Tarasha as they got to them.
‘Good evening nurse,’ Tarasha greeted, looking up into her eyes. ‘I hope you’re ready?’
Tomi turned to look at Cole, not understanding what Tarasha meant by asking if she was ready.
‘Did you bring everything you need?’ Tarasha asked again.
‘Yes, your royal Majesty,’ Tomi answered in a teasing way, folding her arms and wondering who this lady speaking in an authoritative voice was.
‘Good,’ Tarasha nodded and signaled for Henry to keep wheeling her.
Cole held Tomi back by the shoulder as Henry wheeled Tarasha out of the corridor. She turned back to him with a surprised look on her face, ‘Hey! You never really told me who that girl is.’ she said to Cole.
‘Be careful Tomi, that’s my boss.’
‘Your boss? That girl?’ Tomi still had a surprised expression on her face, wondering how Cole who was next to Don in the Nanl Gang could agree to be submissive to a young lady.
‘Yes, she is. And she’s the one called Samantha Osman in case you don’t know,’ Cole added and picked up his bags from the floor, leaving her standing dumbfounded.
Tomi stood speechless for some seconds, her expression had changed to a shocked one when she heard that the girl, her patient was Samantha Osman. She didn’t expect that Samantha Osman was someone she would easily see like that and she had also never imagined her to be a young lady, she was expecting someone far older that the age she was seeing now.
‘Can we go now please, they’re waiting for us.’ Cole returned to get her.
She quickly picked up her bags and walked away with Cole.
‘Who’s taking charge of the security cameras when we get down there?’ Tarasha asked as they proceeded further after Cole and Tomi had joined them.
‘I will take care of that,’ Henry replied after taking a glance at Cole.
‘That means Cole would be in charge of the weapons,’ Tarasha said as they got to the entrance of the study which led to the underground.
Cole dropped his bag and moved forward to clear the five other bags that were at the entrance, earlier placed there by him. He opened the door and Henry wheeled Tarasha into the study. Henry walked straight to the place the wall clock was and brought it down, he inserted the card into the reader and punched in the codes, the wall split into two before him.
He turned back and spoke to Tarasha, ‘How do we stop the timer from reading?’
‘You don’t need to stop it, it hasn’t started reading yet’ she replied him.
‘But it’ll start once someone steps in,’ Henry said.
‘I changed the process yesterday, it would not read.’ she said and tried to wheel herself but couldn’t use her hands properly.
Henry walked to her and held the wheelchair in readiness to move but he stopped on remembering that he had to carry her down the stairs. He turned to look at Cole who was staring in surprise at the opened door of the underground. ‘Cole, you gotta assist me with the wheelchair.’ he said and lifted Tara into his hands, balancing a hand at the back of her knees and the other at her back.
Cole moved further inside and dropped his bags at one side, then he pulled the wheelchair after Henry who proceeded with Tarasha in his hands.
He followed down the stairs until they got to the landing, he positioned it properly and Henry dropped Tarasha back on the wheelchair carefully.
‘Henry, I need to have a bath tonight.’ Tarasha said in a soft tone as he dropped her on the chair.
‘Ermm… Thank God the nurse is here, she will help us with that.’ Henry said, looking towards the nurse who was now standing on the first step of the stairs.
‘No, you will do it.’ Tarasha said in an instructive tone.
‘Huh?’ Henry shot her a shocked look.
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‘There’s no sign of movement in the compound yet,’ Rex said to himself although loud enough for Stainless who sat beside him to hear. He had a headset covering his ears which he used to listened to what was going on behind the gate. They had attached a listening chip to the gate which could grab voice from anywhere in the compound as far as it wasn’t even protected by a wall.
‘Their neighbors confirmed that a man and a woman entered not too long before we arrived,’ Stainless said to Rex.
‘I know and I’m sure people are in the building but we can’t tell yet if the people we want are the ones who are inside; Cole and Tarasha.’
‘I think they are the ones; the guy could have been Cole or Henry and the girl must be Samantha.’
Rex shot a cold look at him, ‘Samantha couldn’t have recuperated well enough to walk, it has to be someone else.’
There was silence for the next ten minutes which Rex used to listen more for any sound through the headset. After that he handed over the headset to Stainless and picked a backpack from the backseat, then he got out of the car and headed towards the building.
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**NIS Underground Office**
A neat cropped photograph of Cole could be seen displayed on the desktop screen, Dave was seated behind the system. With the aid of the mouse, he selected and labeled the different features on Cole’s face one after the other. Then he clicked on the ‘search’ button just below the picture and a dialog box to show the processing progress displayed.
After searching for about five minutes, the dialog box indicated the completion of the process with the word ‘FOUND’. Dave clicked on ‘OK’ just below the main word and a new tab opened on the window. It loaded for five seconds and displayed on the new page the full profile of Cole, showing his full name, his date of birth and other birth details, his parent’s information and some of his other personal details.
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11:30am
The new sitting room was a beautiful one, carefully organized and decorated but not as big as the one in the main building. Cole and Tomi had taken time to clean up the living room and two other rooms after they moved in all the loads. The underground facility had other rooms but only the living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and the restrooms were for domestic purposes, the other rooms were either weapons’ stores, computer rooms or just empty.
‘I thought I was supposed to only work as a nurse here, how come I had to join you clean up the place?’ Tomi spoke for the first time since they finished cleaning up. She and Cole were the only ones in the living room, Henry had gone with Tarasha to bath and dress and dress her up.
‘Don’t talk as if you did any thorough clean up, the place wasn’t dirty, it was only a little bit dusty.’ Cole replied her.
‘Oh! But how come I had to join you at all?’
‘Why are you complaining after we’re done with it? You didn’t say anything when I asked you to join me,’ Cole said.
‘I didn’t know we were going to work so much,’ she replied.
Cole chuckled. He got up from the sofa and walked to her, he sat on the arm of the chair and placed a hand around her neck. ‘You don’t have anything else to talk about, that’s why you’re complaining, right?’ he said, looking into her face.
‘Oh! You think I’m just complaining because I want to talk?’ she eyed him.
He sighed. ‘Okay, Tomi.’ He said, raising up his hands in the air. ‘You win, I’m sorry for making you work like that.’ he tilted his face and made a funny expression at her. ‘Are you okay now?’
She responded by giving him a light playful slap on the face. He smiled and grabbed her hand.
‘Wait! Will we continue to see after I finish the treatment here?’ she stopped playing and asked.
‘Huh?’ he raised his eyebrows, looking into her eyes directly. He knew he had sparked off some feelings in her when he kissed her earlier but he wasn’t ready to return whatever feeling she was developing for him, he had only done that to attach the tracking and recording chip to her hair.
He remembered that he had not checked if the tracker was still in her hair or it had fallen down when she had her bath. But he was quite sure of the former, the kind of hair she plaited would require her to cover her hair while bathing so that it wouldn’t get wet and that meant she wouldn’t have touched the hair while bathing except while she rearranged it.
‘I mean, will you reach me again after tomorrow when I leave here?’ she explained.
‘Where are you going to?’ He questioned her.
‘Going back home and to my job of course,’ she replied.
‘I told Tarasha that you can cook,’ Cole said and looked away.
‘And what does that mean?’ she squinted.
‘The boss wants you to remain here,’ Cole replied. ‘You think we would have allowed you know of this underground facility if you weren’t going to join us.’
‘I can’t stay here,’ she refused.
‘You will.’
‘No, I can’t stay here. I’m not prepared, besides I’ve got a new job I have to go back to.’
‘You don’t have to go back to any job, you have another here, you’ll get paid monthly and I assure you that she pays nicely.’
‘No, but I can’t just leave everything like that,’ she argued.
‘Tomi, I advice that you don’t reject this offer,’ Cole said in a serious tone, getting to to his feet.
‘But…’ she stammered uncontrollably.
‘Listen Tomi, you have all you need here,’ Cole said, taking a squat position before her. He placed his elbows gently on her laps and looked into her eyes. ‘You don’t need to go back where you were working with the street thugs and riffraffs, the boss will pay you well.’
‘Its just that…’
‘Shhh…’ he hushed her and placed a finger on her lips as he rose slowly and brought his face closer to hers. His lips touched hers softly and withdrew immediately, he looked into her eyes as he placed his hands on gently on her neck and covered her mouth with his. His fingers found it’s way into her hair and he was able to locate the device, he took it out gently and dropped it behind the chair. He tried to break the kiss but she wasn’t ready to let him go yet as she continued to pull him closer.
‘Hmm…’ someone cleared his throat behind them. They quickly broke away from each other and Cole turned back. Henry had just wheeled Tarasha into the living room, she had been bathed and had changed into a white top and white shorts. Henry also looked refreshed, he had also changed his clothes and had his hair neatly combed.
‘You guys are going to stay in the same room tonight, you should have been patient enough.’ Tarasha said as Henry wheeled her to the middle of the living room. ‘Cole, you can have your seat.’ she said and waited for Cole to respond. Henry also joined Cole on the three seater sofa directly in front of Tarasha. ‘What’s your name nurse?’ She turned to Tomi with a smile.
‘Tomi,’ she replied with mixed feelings of fear and confusion. Her eyes met an encouraging look on Cole’s face.
‘To me,’ Tarasha said, pronouncing the name in a funny way.
‘Tomi,’ the nurse corrected.
‘Tomi,’ Tarasha pronounced again, getting it right this time.
‘Yes, Tomi.’ the nurse nodded.
‘What exactly is wrong with me? I’ve not been able to use my hands well, other parts of my body have also been so weak.’
‘I don’t really know what know what happened to you, so I can’t say or guess what the problem is. We will have to use an hospital facility to be really sure at this moment,’ Tomi answered, mentioning her words carefully and one after the other and also glancing at Cole frequently.
‘I was tortured by the enemy group and I also have a bullet wound on my back, I see that you redressed it earlier. ‘ Tarasha said to her.
‘Yes, I did. I only hope it wasn’t soaked by water when you had a bath. I thought I was supposed to bath you tonight,’ Tomi replied.
Tarasha smiled and her eyes met with Henry’s, ‘I can’t really say if it was touched by water or not.’
‘I did not allow water to get into…’ Henry said with his eyes blinking as he felt shy about owning up to have bathed an unclad woman.’
‘I can’t really trust that word,’ Tarasha cut in with a kind of mocking smile. ‘I need to get a more thorough bath tomorrow, I could even tell he closed his eyes when he got to some parts on my body.’ she said looking at Henry.
Cole could not help but burst into laughter and Tarasha joined in the laughter.
‘Well, I’m happy he did it anyways.’ Tarasha said after laughing. ‘So nurse, I’m aware you’ve him drugs for me already.’
‘Yes, I did.’
‘Thank you. And I also want to believe you’re aware that you have a job here.’
Tomi frowned and took a glance at Cole’s face.
‘Oh! I don’t mean the one you do in the room with him,’ Tarasha said chuckling. ‘You have an official one to do with me.’
‘Yes, I’m aware.’ Tomi finally answered shyly.
‘Good! I hope I get well as soon as I want but whether or not I do, we’ll start with what we have to do immediately.’

Chapter 8 part 12
Time : 12am
Location: Maitama, Abuja.
The wristwatch on Rex’s hand vibrated and made a beep sound to signify 12 am. It was the time Rex had been waiting for.
After doing a proper check some hours ago, he had decided on the best way to break into the compound and the right tools to use without causing any alarm to the people inside and twelve am was just the right time for him to begin.
He stretched forth his hand to the backseat to take his backpack. He placed it on his laps and opened the main section, he took out a black cloth-like piece of material and wore it on his head, it stretched like a nylon as he pulled it gently to cover his face. He adjusted it till every feature on his face entered the place meant for it on the piece of cloth which happened to be a mask. Then he touched a part on his forehead to test the headlamp in the mask and the light came on, he turned it off immediately. He then took out a set of gloves for his hands and a small tool box which he had neatly arranged his carefully selected tools. He fixed the rope handle of the tool box onto his hand and relaxed back in the chair. He stared thinly through the front glass of the car and took in a breath as he made a quick mental review of all his plans and strategies.
‘Stay awake and alert, with your earpiece on always,’ he said to Stainless as he stepped out of the car.
The night was silent and calm as usual. Rex crossed the two carriageways and turned straight to the gate. He opened the toolbox and took out a tiny drilling tool, he inserted it into the keyhole of the gate and pressed a button on the handle which rolled the metal in. He held the handle of the gate as it gave way. He removed the tool and returned it into the box before opening the gate gently and stepping in. He stopped at the entrance as he closed back the gate, he looked around for a while, studying everything his eyes could see. Inside the compound was brightly lit as outside was, so he could see clearly every object and what they were.
He walked carefully to the left side of the wall and rested his back at the place the walls formed an angle, facing the way which led to the backyard. Then he opened the tool box again and took out a paper which had something wrapped inside it. He unwrapped it and picked out one of the small tiny balls in it. The balls were as small as the seeds of an orange. He squatted and threw one of the balls straight from where he was, he waited to see the response but got none. He took out another ball and flung it towards the main entrance of the building and also got no response immediately. He rose up slowly and surprised as he expected to get a reaction but as soon as he straightened himself, straight red and hot lights emanated from different points on the floor and the soil beside the fence. The lights were so sharp and hot that he could feel the heat and intensity where he stood. He had expected it but the timing was different. He was impressed by the expertise and intelligence of the person who installed it.
After a minute, the lights went off and the place became as normal as it was. Rex took out his gun and attached a silencer, he shot the two bulbs placed on the top at both ends of the gate first and then the light at the entrance of the building before the first one he could see by the side of the building.
The tiny sharp laser lights came on again but this time didn’t take Rex by surprise. He returned the gun to his side and squatted again. The place became darker after the laser lights went off. Rex remained still and listened carefully for minutes, waiting to hear sounds of movement or voices in the house or see anybody or thing come out.
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Time : 12:11am
Location : The Underground Facility
‘What sign could that be?’ Henry asked as the lights in the underground control room fluctuated.
‘I don’t know,’ Cole replied, staring up at the bulbs.
‘Could it be that the system is unstable yet because we just installed it?’
‘No,’ Cole replied sharply. He pulled his swivel back to the table and tapped the keyboard to turn on the screen.
The underground control room was a small one, just about a quarter of the main building control room. The computer system in it were just four and were arranged two on each sides of the table.
‘So can it be that someone has already invaded our main facility?’
‘Most likely that what it means,’ Cole replied as he began to type something fast on the keyboard.
‘I and Omotara tried to locate the sources of all the cameras in the main building earlier, half of them were not responding.’ Henry said as he began to work on the system he sat behind. ‘I have to check now if they’ve all been located.’
‘If they’ve not been located, connect the ones we located already, we need to know what’s up there.’ Cole said.
‘Okay but who could possibly be up there at this time, the police or Rex?’
‘Rex or that man who helped us escape,’ Cole stated without thinking much for an answer.
They worked silently for the following two minutes.
‘I’ve got all,’ Henry suddenly announced. Cole left his system to see what Henry had. ‘Someone is truly in,’ Henry added in a low and sad tone. On the screen, the point where the gate bulbs were destroyed was being displayed.
‘And we can’t have a playback to see how it got destroyed right?’ Cole questioned.
‘Yes, we just connected. The only playback we can have is what happens from now.’ Henry replied.
‘Move that camera and let’s see,’ Cole said. Henry did as he was told and the view shifted from the gate to some parts of the wall but didn’t get to the angle. ‘Switch cameras,’ Cole said again and Henry obeyed. The view shifted to the entrance of the house and Henry continued to move the cursor without being told anymore. They saw the destroyed bulb at the entrance and saw the pieces shattered on the floor. ‘Wow!’ Cole exclaimed, releasing a cold breath from his mouth.
‘What do we do? Do we tell the boss?’ Henry asked. The fear in his heart could be easily heard in his voice.
Cole stared at him for a second, it was the first time he heard Henry refer to Tarasha as the boss. He could have smiled or laughed if it happened in a normal condition but he just kept a straight face. ‘She’s asleep already, why bother her? And even if we tell her, she doesn’t have the strength to do anything physical yet.’
‘But she can tell us what to do,’ Henry insisted.
‘No need to bother her, I know how to handle this for now.’
‘Okay, and how do we go about it?’
‘Switch into the cameras inside, let’s see if the intruder has gotten in.’
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Flashback
16 Years ago
A large open space in what looked like a thick forest, men armed with guns and machetes could be seen working and walking around. Most of them were entering into a smal hutl at one end of the space and coming out with plates of food while some others could be seen on one side sharpening their machetes and others cutting and arranging some sticks.
Every activity seemed to seize as a loud voice emanated from the only bush path which led to the place from behind the hut. The voice spoke in Hausa language and the men began to leave all they were doing to reply in the same language. All the men working and those eating left their foods to respond to the call, they all began to walk towards the hut and stop at the entrance. Soon, the owner of the voice they were responding to surfaced from behind the hut with four other men. The man was Abubakar Shekhau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Rikau watched from where he stood with the other men, he was one of the youngest amongst them and the most educated. He finished his Higher National program in his State’s Polytechnic and could not further his education due to lack of funds. For five years after his graduation, he roamed about the street without getting a job. He maintained himself by doing menial jobs and in the sixth year was able to get the police recruitment form. He was selected and he went for training. It was during his training he met with a young policeman, officer Elvis Richards. After he finished his training, he went on a visit to his hometown and that was when he was offered a huge some of money to implant a bomb at a certain location which he agreed to and after that he joined the terrorists group fully when they promised to pay him more when he becomes a full member. When he got to find out that he was deceived, it was too late to turn back. He had to accept their philosophy of killing unbelievers for their god to receive a reward of paradise and virgins though it never really made sense to him. He rose speedily in rank amongst the terrorists and soon was one of their top leaders, fifth in command to the leader Shekau and a director of most of their affairs because of his literacy.
‘Mallam Rikau,’ Shekau shouted the group’s leader’s name and Rikau replied with a loud voice with words in Hausa and Arabic languages. He came forward and they conversed with each other in Hausa briefly before Shekau turned to the whole group of men and addressed them. Rikau was to leave them for somewhere else and another man was introduced to them as their new leader.
That night when Rikau left the troop he led with Shekau was when he discovered that their Insurgent’s group as a whole was also being used to achieve selfish interests of some influential men in the society. It was during their meetings with some of the meetings with an influential man that Rikau got to meet with Elvis Richards again, this time he had risen so high in the force rank.
A year after, he was contacted by Elvis Richards to carry out few assassinations for him and it was done together with the usual Boko Haram attack, giving no room for suspicions. The most notable assassination he carried out was that of the Danjuma’s family.
Years later, Elvis Richards became the Inspector General and helped Rikau escape death and punishment which other Boko Haram members faced after their defeat. He also put Rikau into the force, making him start at a high rank. But all these Chief Elvis never did on his own, he had someone backing him, a notable person Rikau never got to know.
**Present**
Time: 12:25am
Location : University Of Abuja Teaching Hospital
Chief Rikau finally opened his eyes to meet himself on the hospital bed. He wasn’t surprised because he could remember clearly how he was taken from the scene and all that led to his hospitalization. All through his sleep, he kept having dreams reminding him of his younger years and of the Danjuma’s family. This made him believe more that Samantha had to be the Danjuma’s daughter. He tried to move on the bed but he stopped when the pain in his legs and back was unbearable. He had never in his service as a policeman been hospitalized for gunshots. A tear dropped from his eyes as he thought about his life, was nemesis finally catching up with him?
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12:56am
After taking out two other bulbs by the side of the house, Rex began to work on the first window at the side. He inserted his drilling tool into the points of connection of the burglary proofs to the wall and made a circle round the points which weakened the wall at the points. After a while, he was able to take off the bulglary proof metal.
He turned on the light on his mask and tried to see the different edges of the dark living room before he entered through the broken window. He stopped and looked around for a moment, he located the switch for the bulb and went for it.
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‘Keep switching the cameras,’ Cole said to Henry who was already complaining about not seeing anyone for over thirty minutes he had been monitoring. Henry was still seating behind the main computer while Cole was at the other side of the table, trying to configure the other computers
‘I think the person has left already?’Henry said tiredly.
‘No, I’m sure someone is around.’ Cole insisted. ‘I just think the person is being wise and dodging the cameras.’
‘How possible it for you to dodge something you don’t know it’s location or direction, the cameras are hidden.’
‘Come on, stop talking like this man. Don’t you know about camera locators?’
Henry’s shoulders dropped as he realized he was arguing lamely, Cole was right that someone could detect and dodge hidden cameras with the right app. He decided to stay for more thirty minutes before admitting his tiredness and need for sleep. Silence took over the atmosphere for the next five minutes.
‘D–n!’ Henry exclaimed all of a sudden. ‘Someone is there.’ Cole quickly left the computers at the other side and turned to the other side to check what Henry saw.
On the screen was a masked man trying to find his way from the living room. He located the entrance into the inner parts of the house and began to walk towards the place but stopped suddenly. He stood still for some seconds before turning back and his eyes went straight to the camera.
‘Does he know we’re watching him?’ Henry asked, flashing a quick look at Cole.
‘I think…’ Cole began to talk but stopped in fear as the man took out his gun and pointed it to the camera. Henry dropped from the chair to the floor while Cole rushed up to his feet as the bullet hit the camera in two seconds. The screen went blank.
‘D–n it!’ this guy knows we’re watching him.’ Henry replied, trembling as he struggled to get to his feet.
‘Yes, he does.’ Cole answered back shakily. He sat on Henry’s seat and located the mouse immediately, he closed the source and began to switch cameras to locate the intruder. ‘Sit here and locate where he is now,’ Cole said to Henry, getting up from the seat to the next one. He tapped the keyboard and the screen came on at once, he typed in the password. ‘I have to put on the remaining laser scopes we have inside the apartment.’
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10 minutes later
Rex came out again after hiding behind the curtain for sometime. The camera detector app in his phone had been able to help him detect that the cameras in the house were working and someone was monitoring and rotating them. He removed the drilling tool from the tool box and covered the metal before putting it inside his pocket. Then he brought out his two guns and began to move further inside. The exit of the passage led to another perpendicular one which was splited in the two opposite directions. Rex stopped at the exit, undecided as to where to go for a second, then he took the left turn and only took two steps when he heard a noise from the back. He froze and turned back immediately. It was just in time for him to see the laser lines building from behind and coming towards him. He quickly rushed back into the previous corridor and stopped at the middle to watch, but the laser lines didn’t give him enough time to watch as the lines after spreading to the end of the first began from the exit of the corridor he ran into.
He ran out of the place and back into the living room. The lasers stopped at the entrance of the corridor and he watched from the middle of the living room. The beams burnt hot and the hotness spread into the living room. Rex knew at that point that he couldn’t go further anymore, it was time to return and make a better plan.
‘Meet me at the gate now,’ he said, wiping off the sweat on his forehead as he proceeded towards the window he had destroyed.
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7:38 am
Henry woke up earlier than he planned to the next morning. He was still deep asleep when he began to hear heavy and violent knocks at the gate. He knew at once that Rex was finally here for them. He flew out of the bed spontaneously, shouting Cole’s name with his fists tightened in readiness to fight, only for him to find himself in the room with Omotara on the bed, looking at him with a funny expression. The knock was from the door and not the gate like he thought and it wasn’t as violent like he heard from his sleep.
The knock on the door sounded louder this time.
‘Yes, who’s is?’ he shouted, feeling embarrassed as he could see Omotara laughing at him.
‘It’s me, please open quickly.’ He heard a lady’s voice as he got closer to the door. He wondered who it could be as he put his hand on the knob, Aisha was dead and there should be no other lady in the house apart from Omotara. It was until he opened the door and saw Tomi that he remembered that there was a new person amongst them.
‘Will you allow me in or keep looking at him like you’re seeing a ghost,’ Tomi barked at him and he quickly moved out of the way for her. He stood at the door, still surprised and wondering why his memory was playing games with him.
Tomi walked in with a tray containing a nylon of drugs, a tea jug and mug, she proceeded straight to the stool beside the bed and placed the tray on it. Then she moved them together to Tarasha’s side and sat on the bed close to where Tarasha lay. ‘Good morning,’ the nurse greeted.
‘Why in the world were you knocking like that?’ Henry spoke angrily at the nurse, giving Tarasha no opportunity to reply her greeting.
‘Do you know how long she has been at the door?’ Tarasha was the one who replied Henry.
Henry’s gaze moved from the nurse’s face to Tarasha’s face and back to the Nurse.
‘She has been knocking for over thirty minutes,’ Tarasha added and Henry’s eyes fell on hers again.
His shoulders dropped as he shook his head at himself and hissed. He looked and the nurse again but she wasn’t looking at him, he found his way back to the previous position he laid in the bed.
‘You’re supposed to use some of these drugs every eight hours and that’s why I’m here this early,’ the nurse explained to Tarasha. ‘I’ve made tea for you,’ she said pouring from the jug into the cup.
She stood to help Tarasha sit up and wanted to put the cup in Tarasha’s mouth but Tarasha stopped her and collected the cup to take it herself.
‘Wow! You’re recuperating faster than I expected,’ Tomi exclaimed.
Tarasha took a sip of the tea and let out a breath, ‘You were expecting something else?’
‘Yes, actually the symptoms I saw were of partial paralysis but maybe I was wrong, I can’t really trust the tools in your lab since it’s not an hospital.’
‘The tools there are working perfectly fine,’ Tarasha replied. ‘I think I was drugged with a substance to induce paralysis but it was partial, so you may not be totally wrong.’
Another knock sounded on the door at that moment. Tarasha and Tomi looked towards Henry expecting him to answer the knock but he turned away and covered himself with a blanket.
‘Cole?’ Tomi called to confirm as she approached the door, as if she was expecting someone else.
‘Yes,’ Cole’s voice sounded from behind the door. She opened and allowed him walk in. ‘I came to see her,’ he said to Tomi as if he was seeking permission to proceed but he didn’t wait to get a reply.
‘You have to wait till she finishes with her drugs,’ Tomi said, walking after Cole. ‘Where were you all through the night?’ she asked him as she sat back in her previous position. Cole stood right in front of Tarasha after greeting her with his words sounding as low as a whisper.
‘Can’t she listen while she takes her drugs?’ Cole asked Tomi, ignoring her own question to him. He knew she would be expecting him to come into the room the night before but he wasn’t ready to fuel her the feelings by sleeping on the same bed with her. He was sure having anything between themselves could cause a distraction or problem for them later especially now that they were to work closely. ‘I can wait for the answer after the drugs,’ Cole added, looking now at Tarasha.
‘What do you have to say?’ Tarasha asked, stretching her palm to Tomi who placed the tablets in it.
‘I don’t know if Henry has said anything about it already,’ Cole paused and looked towards Henry but Henry did not make any movement or act like he was listening. ‘A masked man I believe to be Rex was at the main facility around twelve a.m today,’ he paused for a second as he noticed the change in the look on Tarasha’s face. ‘ He was able to penetrate into the building and started searching everywhere, but we were able to turn him back after we turned on the laser scopes inside the building. I’m not sure this place is safe for us anymore.’
‘D–n it! Was all that true? I thought it was all a dream.’ Henry suddenly sprung up to his feet. He looked like a previously blind man who had just received his sight and was trying to identify his people. Nobody gave him a reply but he turned to the same place Cole was standing and stood beside Cole.
Tarasha didn’t say about word until she finished taking the drugs and gulped down the rest of the tea. ‘We’ll move out of this place but we have to protect it in such a way that no one will be able to use any of our facilities here.’
‘How do we plan the movement? I’m sure we’ve got people monitoring that gate.’
‘Get me the wheelchair please, I need to use the control room.’ she said to Henry. Henry quickly dragged the wheelchair to her. ‘This underground leads to another above ground facility, an entirely different one and that’s where we’re moving to.’
END OF CHAPTER EIGHT
Watch out for Chapter NINE. More hidden things and people are revealed to Tarasha and it gets tougher and more complicated. Will she recover fast enough and fully to be able to stand the coming challenges? Let’s see how it unfolds.
Chapter 9 part 1 & 2
Time : 11:35am
Cole eyes ran around the place in awe as he dropped the wheelchair to the ground and positioned it well for Henry to put Tarasha in it. He took a second to look down the stairs from where Tomi was climbing up tiredly with a big bag hung around her shoulder. The walk from the underground facility to the new structure had been longer than expected, reason being that every single door they encountered had a special way of opening it only known to Tarasha, and it took her more than usual to open the doors because of her inability to stand and use her hands properly.
Cole turned back and met Henry also motionless with his eyes wondering about the place.
‘Are you sure we didn’t just go in circles? Is this not the same place we’re supposed to be running from?’ Henry moved in, away from the two others, staring at the walls, ceilings and even the floors.
The underground had led them into a study and it looked exactly the same way the study in the structure that was being threatened looked. It had the same kind of books, shelfs, chairs and their arrangements. The only difference being that this place looked a bit dusty and it was obvious that it had not been used or cleaned for sometime.
‘Everything in the other structure is the same as this, so non of us should have troubles using the place.’ Tarasha said as she began to wheel herself further. She was the only one apart from Tomi not surprised as to the outcome of their walk. Henry quickly walked back to her and continued to roll her in.
As soon as Tomi surfaced, Cole went back down the stairs to carry the bag he left down the stairs. They had reduced the bags into two and left the others in the underground, to enable them to walk easier and faster.
‘But, are you sure this place can’t be discovered?’ Henry asked as he opened the door of the study and returned to the wheelchair. ‘I mean the connection with the underground and the other structure.’
‘It can be discovered but that will be after the destruction of so many other properties along this axis,’ she replied.
‘And that can’t be done easily?’ Henry questioned.
‘It won’t be done,’ she stated. ‘lt will cause the government billions of dollars to control the adverse effects of any attempt to demolish the structure above ground level at the other end, that’s enough to keep them busy and limited for several years.’
They continued the rest of their movement in silence and stopped in the living room which looked exactly the same just like Tarasha had said. Henry sank into one of the sofas after wheeling her to the centre of the living room. She turned the chair by herself and wheeled it to the side of the three seater sofa where Henry sat directly opposite. Both of them remained in silence, waiting for Cole and Tomi.
Tomi showed up with her bag in the living room two minutes later but Cole showed up five minutes after. Tarasha knew he would have been taking his time to look around the house and wonder why Tarasha had set up exactly same structures in two different points in Maitama and how she connected them together through the underground.
‘I think this place needs cleaning up too,’ Tomi was the first to speak when Cole returned.
‘I gotta rest for a minute,’ Cole said in a refuting manner before Tomi would ask that they begun to clean the place immediately. He sank into the chair beside Henry, closing his eyes as he rested his head. He and Henry had done most of the jobs they needed to do before leaving the underground; disconnecting the servers, turning off the lasers in the first main structure – Tarasha had asked them to turn them off as their continued running of the security process added to their electric power usage and bill – and closing up of the entrance from the first main building.
‘We need to take care of the control room first, I’ll like to use the place very soon. Others can be taken care of after you’ve had your breakfast,’ Tarasha said. After giving the instruction, she wheeled herself to the centre of the living room where Tomi dropped the bag she brought and stopped beside it. She tried to bend and open the bag but she had a struggle holding the zip firmly.
Henry got up to help her but Cole beat him to it. He opened the main section of the bag widely for Tarasha to look into what was there. It contained books – some old and some new- documents, files and some stationeries all arranged in the bag although had been quite disorganized by their movement from one place to another and the way Tomi carried it when she did.
‘You want something there?’ Cole asked, looking up at Tarasha’s face from his squatting position. Tomi was now seated at the one seater on a perpendicular line to the three seater.
Tarasha did not give a quick response but her eyes scanned round the bag for some more seconds.
Tarasha looked up as she suddenly remembered something, she stared thinly at Cole’s face and then at Henry’s. ‘Before I work in the control room, we have to set up the connection and also open up the cameras. I’ll allow you guys work for today while I start what I want to do tomorrow.’ she said and then turned to Tomi. ‘Can you please make us breakfast? Cole would show you the way to the kitchen, there should be some foodstuffs there.’
‘I think I should go ahead to the control room now,’ Henry said, getting up with Tomi and Cole and they began to walk away one after the other.
Cole suddenly stopped and turned back to meet Tarasha. ‘Boss, I forgot to tell you something.’ he said with a serious look on his face.
‘What’s that?’ Tarasha asked.
‘Chief Gab called yesterday.’
‘And what did he say?’
‘He wanted to speak with you but we told him you could not talk to him then,’ Cole answered.
‘And is that all?’
‘Hum… No,’ Cole said as paused again to think, wondering if Tarasha would get angry with him for what he was going to say next.
‘What else?’ she raised a brow.
‘I told him that we needed a new facility and he promised to call back since then,’ Cole said.
There was a brief moment of silence.
‘Bring my phone to me after you show Tomi the kitchen,’ she said in a dismissal tone. Cole nodded slightly and turned to join the rest.
Tarasha’s eyes moved back to the opened bag beside her after they left. She fixed her gaze on a book she had overlooked before. Her mind made a quick flashback to the day she got the book and how she did; the torn incomplete book she got from the former Senate President’s study. It was still as tattered as it was when she got it. She bent and reached for the book and as she picked it up, her eyes met the one that was just under it and this brought a sudden and sharp pain to her heart. She felt a kind of hotness in her eyes and she closed it to absorb the pain.
She opened her eyes and stared at her mother’s diary for another second, then she looked away and flipped open the Senate President’s book, she scanned through the page and flipped to the next. She was about to open to the another page again when a name in first sentence of the last paragraph on the page caught her attention. She narrowed her eyes as she began to read from that sentence, ‘Our last meeting with the Danjuma’s didn’t go well, even after our threats, the doctors refused to budge. While we were still thinking of what to do about them, the news of their disappearance hit us. We were worried at first but the Chief gave us the assurance that there would be no problems. Shortly after their disappearance, Elvis Richards called called to inform everyone else about the discovery of their location. The Chief gave Elvis and Gabriel the assignment to mute the doctors but Gabriel did not really agree to the plan and…’ the page ended.
She tried to flip to the next page to continue reading but…
**Flashback**
January, 2014.
Location: Lagos Nigeria
‘Good morning Gabriel, where are you?’ the caller’s voice sounded through the phone’s speaker.
‘Good morning, I’m on the way to my office. Why do you ask?’ Gabriel answered the caller’s question.
‘How long will it take you to get to your office? I’m coming over there with Jubril,’ the caller replied.
‘I’ll be there in less than fifteen minutes, someone is waiting there for me.’ Gabriel replied. ‘But I hope there’s no problem? It’s strange that you and Jubril are coming over this early morning.’
‘There’s no problem, we just want to discuss something brief with you, it’s concerning our hanging deal.’
‘Okay, I’ll be expecting you.’ Gabriel said and cut the call. He took off the earpiece from his ears and increased the speed of his moving car.
Gabriel got to his place of work ten minutes later. He hurried into his office and met the young lady waiting for him at the secretary’s stand. He signalled for her to follow him in after replying to the secretary’s greeting. He settled down quickly in his office and offered his guest a drink after apologizing for keeping her waiting for long. They had begun to discuss the reason for their meeting for only three minutes when the door of Gabriel’s office opened slightly and someone poked his head in.
‘Gabriel,’ Elvis Richards smiled as he entered and closed the door, not minding the look on his friend’s guest’s face. ‘Sorry, I didn’t know you had a visitor,’ he apologized on seeing the embarrassed look on his friend’s face. It was one of those very rare days Elvis wore his police uniform to his friend’s place. He was always in casuals whenever they met and sometimes disguised like a criminal instead of dressing like the police official he was.
‘That girl is not always doing her job,’ Gabriel complained about the secretary, even though he knew his friend could have ignored or refused to stop at her warning. That was how Elvis behaved, he always walked straight into his office, except for days that he didn’t call to inform him of his coming.
Gabriel and Elvis’ gazes locked for a moment. Gabriel expected Elvis to excuse him and his guest but it was certain with Elvis’ body language that that wasn’t going to happen.
‘Please excuse us,’ Gabriel finally said in a pleading tone to the young lady seated in front of him. She courteously picked her bag from the floor where she kept it and got up, she greeted officer Elvis briefly before proceeding to the door.
Elvis’ eyes followed her backside as she went and he whistled lustfully after she closed the door. ‘All these girls will not kill somebody with their mini skirts,’ he commented, shaking his head as he sat on the second visitor’s seat. ‘Is she one of those who needs help?’ he asked, staring back at the door with his eyes still filled with lust.
‘Do you have help to give her?’ Gabriel asked sardonically without expecting a reply. ‘She is a graduate who wants me to approve a letter for her,’ Gabriel added as he folded his arms and rested back in his chair. He gave his friend a thin and serious look. ‘And how come you’re the one still asking about girls here? I thought I’ve told you not to talk about girls anymore when you come into my office. The rubbish you did the last time is still making people curse me till today.’
Elvis hissed and blinked, ‘Curse?’ What effect has their curses have on you? Did it affect your job? Didn’t you get promoted after that and now you’re even in a better place.’ he added a brief laughter. ‘Besides, I’m not planning to do it in your office, it’s only for her to say she needs my help and I’ll take her to somewhere I can help her well.’
Gabriel shook his head at him. ‘I wonder how you became a policeman and I wonder how your excess lust for women does not affect your ability to catch criminals.’ Gabriel paused and sat up. ‘By the way, where’s the Jubril you said you were coming with?’
‘Jubril couldn’t come again, he received a call and had to leave immediately.’
‘Okay, so what brings you here?’ Gabriel asked and placed his elbows on the table.
Elvis adjusted his seating position, ‘Chief has given both of us a special assignment.’
‘His Excellency?’ Gabriel cut in.
‘No, the Special Adviser.’ Elvis Richards answered. ‘We’ve found the location of the Danjumas,’ he paused to adjust his seating position again. ‘And Chief has asked both of us to take care of them.’
‘Where exactly were they found?’ Gabriel asked, a frown had formed in his face and the uneasiness he was feeling could be heard in his voice.
‘Somewhere in Borno, Maiduguri.’ Elvis Richards answered.
‘Ah! How can they go somewhere like that?’ Gabriel opened his mouth in shock. ‘That place is dangerous right now with the Insurgency.’
Elvis hissed. ‘I think Danjuma’s father has a house somewhere there but what’s our problem with that anyway?’
‘Well, what are we supposed to do about them?’ Gabriel asked in a tensed tone.
‘What else? Send them to heaven of course,’ Elvis Richards replied in a cold tone.
The frown on Gabriel’s face thickened. ‘Has the Chief asked us to do that?’
‘Yes, that’s exactly what he wants us to do and I’ve even found a way to do it so easily,’ Elvis said.
Gabriel’s eyes widened as he pulled back a little from the table.
‘What’s the matter?’ Elvis asked with a raised eyebrow as he noticed Gabriel’s countenance.
‘No, it’s nothing.’ he shook his head. ‘Just continue,’ he made a hand gesture to his friend to keep on speaking and then folded his arms.
‘I recently met this boy whom I knew during his training in the police force some years back, he is now a member of the Boko Haram group…’
‘What?’ Gabriel cut in, spreading his hands out in fear. ‘What do we have to do with Boko Haram?’
‘Are you crazy Gabriel? What’s the matter with you?’ Elvis Richards flared up. ‘I would have loved to do this with Jubril or Nasiru if not for the Chief that insisted we involved someone from the other political party not to make it look partial. I don’t even know who acts more like a woman between you and Onwuli.’
‘It’s okay Elvis, don’t insult me.’ Gabriel cautioned.
‘Then stop acting like a woman. I don’t know if you’re not tired of this whole hanging deal but I am, we need to finish it up quickly. I’ve not been able to enjoy the honour of my chieftaincy since we all received our titles because we’ve been running up and down all through.’ Elvis blared on.
‘Alright Elvis, speak on.’ Gabriel said and folded his arms again.
‘Are you sure you’re ready to listen?’
‘Yea, speak on.’
‘We are all aware that the Chief also works with some of these terrorist guys, so it means there’ll be no problem if we use them too.’
‘But…’ Gabriel’s voice faded out as he tried to cut in. He stared at Elvis’ face for a moment to see if the latter wasn’t angry about the interruption. ‘Don’t you think working with this deadly group is a bad idea? I mean, these guys are killing people in their hundreds and we want to join them.’
Elvis shook his head and hissed. ‘What’s your concern with how many people they’re killing?’ he asked, giving Gabriel a side look. ‘Even Chief that is from the region is not concerned about his people that are dying daily as you are.’
‘Hmm… But you know that Chief is using it for political reasons and we don’t have to become as cruel as he is just because we want to be successful politicians.’
‘Gabriel, open a church if you want to preach , don’t preach to me as if you are a saint.’
‘I’m not a saint but…’
‘What about the bag drugs we bring it?’ Elvis cut in. ‘Does that not kill hundreds of people everyday?’
Gabriel let out a deep breath and shook his head.
‘We’re doing the same thing Gabriel, killing less privileged people to make our money.’ Elvis stated.
Gabriel was silent.
‘Look here, like I said; this young Boko Haram guy is one of their commanders who I know very well. All we need to do is give him the address of their house and he’s going to lead his troops to the area. We will tell him to pay special attention to that particular house and even give him the couple’s pictures. He will have to make sure that they are dead and bring picture proofs to us.’
Gabriel closed his eyes and took in a deep breath. ‘I…’
**Present**
She tried to flip to the next page to continue reading but it was stuck to the previous page. She couldn’t tell if a liquid had poured in between and gummed them together or if it was the quality of ink used that made them stick. She tried to separate the pages carefully but ended up splitting them halfway into two. She let out a breath, wondering what to do, whether to continue from the third page which was already divided into two or try harder to open the middle pages and risk losing all. She decided to read the available page first before going back to the middle but as she began to read, she noticed that it continued from the page she read last, meaning that there was nothing in the pages she was trying to access and that the book had always been like that.
She turned back to the previous page again and read from the last line to ease her understanding, ‘Gabriel did not really agree to the plan and he tried to stop it initially, he held the opinion that since the doctors had fled already, there was no need hunting them again. But that didn’t stop what was to be done, the doctors were killed and the pictures were shown to us before our business continued as usual.’
Tarasha stopped after reading the paragraph and closed her eyes to absorb the pain and anger that was welling up in her. She could feel a cold sensation spread through her body as it vibrated, that was the only way she could express her anger with the strength she had.
Her eyes popped open as she sensed the entrance of someone else in the living room. Cole’s eyes met with hers. He was standing close to the entrance of the corridor and staring at her with an expressionless face. She took in a breath and her body calmed down on seeing him. He began to walk towards her with the phone she requested for in his hand.
She stretched out her hand even before he got to her, he dropped the phone and turned back without saying any word.
She unlocked the phone as soon as he walked out of the living room and searched for Chief Gab’s number, one of his numbers was the first contact on the call records. She dialed his number and placed the phone close to her ear but ended it as soon as she noticed it was being directed to voicemail. She opened the contact list and searched the Chief’s second Nigerian number but got the same response after dialing. Then she tried his only foreign number on the list and it began to ring.
‘Hello,’ Chief Gab answered after the second ring, he sounded like he had a hard time making the decision of answering the call.
‘Chief Gab, you left the country already?’
‘Tarasha!’ he exclaimed in a loud tone. ‘I was told you were badly injured…’
‘You were asked to provide us a new facility,’ she cut in.
‘Yes Tarasha, but ermm… You see,’ the Chief paused for a while trying to find words to use. ‘You see, I had limited time to use in Nigeria, I told you the last time we spoke, didn’t I?’
‘What about the facility?’ she asked again, ignoring his explanation.
‘Ermm… Are you well and out of danger now?’ the Chief asked, trying to evade answering Tarasha’s question.
‘That isn’t the reply to what I asked you Chief, what about the new facility we need?’
‘Tarasha, I’m still working on it.’ he finally answered.
‘When will it be ready?’
‘Ermm… I’ll call you back to let you know when it is.’
‘Please, we have two days to work on that,’ she said and took a brief pause. ‘Now, I want you to tell me everything you know about the Danjuma’s death.’
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Part 2
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‘All I know about the Danjuma’s death?’ Chief Gab repeated the question, the surprise he felt could be heard in his voice.
Yes, I mean your involvement in their death.’ Tarasha replied.
‘But ermm… Tarasha, what do you need that for?’ Chief Gab asked, making it clear he was unwilling to talk about it.
‘I work to kill people for you and you should expect me to discover along the line how the victims are connected to you.’ Tarasha explained.
‘But Tarasha, I explained to you on the first day we met physically.’ the man argued. ‘I told you how we were all connected together and how they cheated and killed my family and friend, Onwuli. Did you think I was lying then?’
‘No, I didn’t think you were lying neither do I think you are now, but I just need you to give me a honest reply to my request. I do need the information and will need some others soon to be able to hunt and pull your enemy down, I’m changing the strategy I planned on using and I require more information that can bring him down.’
There was silence at the other end for a couple of seconds, then a release of breath was heard before the voice. ‘Danjuma and his wife Lydia were doctors. They got involved with us when the wife Lydia had a patient who died after taking a drug, it happened that the drug was being distributed in the country by us under the shadow of the registered company of Nnamdi Okafor, the health Minister who was the first person I sent you to. The Doctors had to help us cover up and verify the drug but they refused to. They had to leave Lagos after the troubles got too much but then they move to Borno where they were killed by the Boko Haram insurgents.’
There was a brief moment of silence after Chief Gab finished talking.
‘Are you sure that’s all?’
‘Yes or what else do you want to know?’
‘I want to know the whole truth, tell me the truth about their death.’ Tarasha said in a serious tone which sounded like a threat to Chief Gab.
‘Hmm…’ the Chief let out a deep breath. ‘The Boko Haram guys actually killed them but it was set up by us.’
‘You and who?’
‘Me? Not me,’ Chief Gab denied. ‘Actually a larger number of people in the group agreed to the plan since they posed a threat to us.’
‘And so, who gave the contracts to the killers?’ Tarasha asked.
There was another long silence.
‘Chief Elvis did, he knew someone in the Boko Haram camp.’
‘And who was that person he knew?’ Tarasha asked immediately, not giving the man any second to rest.
‘Tarasha!’
‘Yes, answer the question.’
‘This is not what I sent you.’
‘Don’t you think leaving that Boko Haram guy alive could cause problems for you later?’
‘Hmm…’ there was a short hiss. ‘The man is Inspector General Rikau. Were you the one that tried to kill him yesterday?’
‘Thank you for your answers Chief Gab, we will talk more later,’ she said and ended the call without giving him a chance to speak again.
‘Omotara, did you order for something online?’ Henry walked in asking as soon as she ended her call.
She narrowed her eyes at him, ‘Order for something online?’
‘Yes.’
‘No, I did not.’ she shook her head.
‘But there’s a lady from an online food store and their car waiting outside for us at the house on the other end.’
‘Oh!’ Tarasha let out breath from her mouth as she remembered that it was the day for the online shopping store to deliver the foodstuffs they get monthly to the house. ‘Just ignore them, I’ll change the address of the delivery soon.’
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They watched from their car as the lady flipped her hair backwards, shading her eyes from the sun with the other hand. She had been at the gate for close to ten minutes now and had used the gate bell several times without getting any response from inside. She was also seen using her phone and trying to call someone but never seemed to connect successfully.
Five minutes later, she turned back and entered into the car that brought her, they stayed for five minutes more watching the gate before driving off.
Fabian started the car engine and put on his seatbelt, he turned the rearview mirror to check if the makeup Esther had done to his face was still intact. She had done it so well that no one will suspect that he was makeups, it was a perfect one for his face and skin colour. Esther was sittng right by his side in the car and also had her face made up, which wasn’t too much or strange for a lady. Fabian flashed a smile at Esther and sped onto the road like a crazy person, leaving her surprised and staring at him with her mouth agape.
‘Don’t tell me you’re going after that EasyShoppers car,’ she stared at him with her eyes opened widely.
‘What else would I be doing? That’s our best bet to get access to those guys right now,’ Fabian replied her as he turned on the trafficator.
‘Are you sure it’s the right thing to do now?’
‘Yes, it is.’ he replied firmly.
‘But then reduce your speed, you don’t have to get both of us killed because you want to catch up with them, we can always go to their stores any other time.’
‘I don’t want us to go to another branch of their office but this particular one they receive supply from.’
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**NSCC Headquarters**
‘Good morning Agent Dakolo,’ Mr Sylvester said in reply to Dakolo’s greeting and gestured for him to have his seat.
‘Thank you Mr Sylvester, I’ll go straight to my reason for visiting which you already know. I’ll like to find out every detail about this Dave of a guy and how he was employed here.’
‘Sir…’ Mr Sylvester began in low tones. ‘Dave applied for employment some days after Kimberly Alexander mysteriously disappeared. And we employed him immediately since he had the necessary qualifications to fill in the gap. And he has been working with us since then until some days ago when he suddenly stopped coming without leaving any message to explain or notify us of his absence.’
‘Okay, you said you have tried to reach him and you couldn’t.’
‘Yes.’
‘Does he not have a guarantor or a referee?’
Mr Sylvester paused for a moment. ‘Yes, he does. I’ll have to check it right away.’ He opened his drawer and began to search for something. He brought out a key and a phone from the drawer and closed it back. ‘I’ll have to call for it to be searched out for me.’
‘It’s okay but before you do that, I want you to also help me with details of his last days here. What his activities were before he left and the exact date he stopped coming.’
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__20 minutes later__
‘What’s in your boot?’ the security man at the EasyShoppers Abuja headquarters asked Fabian at the gate.
‘There’s nothing there,’ he replied.
‘Can we see it?’
‘Yes, of course.’ he said and pushed the button for the boot to open. Another security man at the right hand side began to walk towards the boot as he saw the cover opening up. He looked into the boot briefly before signaling to his colleague that they had nothing in it.
‘Alright, you may go in.’ the security man said to Fabian and the latter drove in after closing the boot.
He came down from the car with Esther after parking in the space provided and they proceeded straight to the main building. The glass door opened for them as they got to the entrance and they walked into the large and reception hall and went straight to the desk.
‘Good morning, you’re welcome to EasyShoppers. How may we help you?’ a lady with a calm voice addressed them.
‘Good morning, what services do you render here?’ Fabian asked, without looking at the lady’s face. His eyes wandered around the place like he was searching for something he lost. He returned his stare to the lady’s face to meet her staring at him in surprise. Esther was also giving him a reprimanding stare. That was when he realized that he had asked an irrelevant question. Or how would a grown up man like him make a visit to a company without knowing what they do there?
‘This is our head office in Abuja. We run an online store where people order for foodstuffs and home equipments and we also provide home delivery services.’ she finally gave a reply, disregarding the silliness of the question.
‘Sorry for troubling you,’ Fabian replied with a smile. ‘We are licensed journalists working for Desert Reporters,’ he said and took out an identity card from his front pocket to display. ‘We need some information about this company of yours and I’m sure you wouldn’t be the right person to provide that to us, so we would like to see your boss.’
‘Okay,’ She said and paused for a while, sizing up Fabian and Esther with her eyes as if to confirm if they were smart enough to be Journalists. ‘I’ll have to make a call first, please have your seat.’ she said, pointing them to the visitor’s seat behind.
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Cole was sitting right in front of Tarasha, his knees touching her wheelchair and hers touching his chair. Tomi stood beside them holding a box from which Tarasha picked the makeup tools and materials and applied them on Cole’s face. After sometime, Tarasha stopped and gestured for Tomi to drop the box on the ground and signalled that she was free to sit on the short stool beside them. She took half a minute to see the transformation she had done to Cole’s face and was satisfied with what she saw. A look at Tomi’s surprised face further proved that she had done a good job.
Tarasha pointed to the medium sized rectangular mirror and Tomi handed it to her, she turned it to Cole and held it for him to see. A smile formed on Cole’s face on seeing his reflection in the mirror. What he saw was a totally different face from his and he had no fears of being recognized.
Tarasha returned the mirror to Tomi and adjusted herself on the chair. ‘So I want the XL series, don’t get another type and allow them show you the car before you start answering questions of who you’re to buy it for. You can call me after that and I’ll tell you where to meet the delivery woman and transfer the goods into the new car.’ she said and rolled her wheelchair back, away from him.
‘Alright boss,’ Cole got up to his feet and used a towel to clean his hand dry.
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‘Please do have your seats,’ the manager of the EasyShoppers online store company offered them seats before sitting on his own chair. ‘So I heard you guys are from Desert Reporters,’ the man said with a smile, adjusting himself on the seat.
‘Yes, you heard so but we are not really from Desert Reporters,’ Fabian replied him.
‘Huh?’ the man’s smile quickly changed to a frown.
‘Yes and we only work as per time journalists,’ Fabian continued.
‘But what do you want then?’ the man asked, looking around as if to raise alarm.
‘Relax sir, we’re not here for something evil.’ Fabian said with a light smile. He took a brief pause and took out two identity cards from the b—-t pocket of his shirt, he returned one and showed the other to the man. ‘We’re from the State Security Service and we’ve come to find out something important from you and also seek your cooperation.’
‘But how do I know you’re saying the truth? How do I know that you’re truly from the State Security Service?’ the man asked in a doubtful tone. His eyes peering into Fabian’s as Fabian returned the identity card into his pocket.
‘I just showed you my ID card.’
‘Yes but they also saw your ID card before referring you to me. I was told your ID card confirms you guys as journalists,’ the man retorted.
‘Yes, the ID card I showed them confirms me as a journalist but didn’t state that I work with Desert Reporters.’ he said, bringing out the ID cards again. ‘It states my position as a journalist but still under the State Security Service, your workers did not understand it.’
The man kept a straight face at them, still doubting Fabian’s words.
‘Here, take a look at this.’ Fabian said and handed him the SSS identity card. ‘Turn behind and you would find my registered number there, you can search it up online to confirm.’
The man fixed his gaze on Fabian ‘s face for a while, contemplating whether to do as Fabian suggested or just ignore and deceive them.
‘Try it,’ Fabian encouraged with a shrug. He rested his back against the backrest of the seat and kept his gaze on the man’s face.
The manager finally turned to his computer system and opened the browser, he typed in the agent’s registration number into the
http://w—————m search engine box. He looked up after two minutes and returned Fabian ‘s card. ‘It shows that the number is truly registered under the Abuja headquarters but didn’t confirm the names of the card holder.’
‘My name is Fabian as the ID card states,’ Fabian said, you can confirm by calling the phone number you see on that screen.
The man took a glance at the computer screen and then picked up his phone on the table, he typed in the number on the screen and dialled it. Fabian ‘s phone began to ring. He raised it up in the air to show the man.
‘Okay, so is she from the SSS too?’ he asked, looking at Esther as he dropped the phone back to the table.
‘Yes, we came together.’ Fabian was the one who answered.
‘Okay, so what can I do for you?’
‘We want some information about a client you guys tried to deliver something to this morning.’ Fabian began, he collected a sheet of paper from Esther and handed it to the man. ‘That’s the address.’ Fabian waited for the man to read it. ‘We want all you know about the client. The name, how frequent she orders for your products and her contact details if you’ve got it.’
‘Well,’ the man let out a breath as he put the sheet of paper back on the table. ‘I can only give you the person’s name and tell you how frequent she orders but her contact details is a No No,’ the man stated, shaking his head side to side to emphasize his point.
‘Why can’t we get her contact?’
‘You shouldn’t be asking me that; I believe you guys are on an investigation and you should know I truly want to help you but as a company, we’re supposed to protect our customers. I have to get a paper written from the authorities to give you anyone’s contact.’
‘Alright, I understand but there’s one more thing I need you to do for us.’
‘What’s that?’ the man raised his brow.
‘Your delivery truck returned today without supplying this house we’re investigating. I think the owners were not around or unavailable at that time but I believe they’ll call back when they’re around for your guys to come back.’ Fabian said and paused to see if the man was following.
‘Huh… So what happens with that?’
‘We want to take charge of the delivery once they call back,’ Fabian replied.
‘What do you mean?’
‘We want to deliver your goods to them for you,’ Fabian replied.
‘Huh?’ the man’s eyebrows gathered together as he tried to reason out what Fabian said to him. ‘No, that won’t work.’ the man said shaking his head.
‘Sir, be rest assured that nothing bad will happen. We’re not going to hurt them.
‘No,’ the man repeated in a strong tone, still shaking his head.
‘But sir…’
‘I said No, Officer Fabian.’ the man snapped, with his eyes widened at Fabian .
‘Okay sir,’ Fabian forced a smile. ‘I understand perfectly well and I commend you for doing your job well. Maybe we’ll come back for that later after meeting with the necessary authorities to permit it.’
‘Maybe…’ the man said, stressing the word longer that he should.
‘Alright, for now. We’ll just make do with the name and any other information you can provide us.’ Fabian said, forcing a smile on his lips again.
‘Okay then, I call for someone who will search out the address and tell us the name of the client who receives order at that place.’ he said, picking up his office phone. He placed a stern gaze on their faces as he punched in the digits.
He made the call and asked for someone to come to his office. A man knocked on the door a minute later and was allowed in, he proceeded straight to the table and stopped beside Esther’s seat. He bowed slightly in courtesy to his boss and also acknowledged the presence of the visitors.
‘Come closer, ‘ the manager beckoned on the man and the man obeyed immediately. ‘Look here, I want you to search out this address, fish out every detail you can get and send them to me as soon as possible.’ the manager said and handed the sheet on which the address was written to the man. ‘How long will it take you?’ he asked, looking at the man as he read what was on the paper.
Fabian passed something tiny to Esther while the men were discussing. It took Esther only a glance at it to know what Fabian wanted her to use it for.
‘It’ll take us only five minutes,’ the man replied to the EasyShoppers manager.
‘Okay,’ the manager turned looked at his guests’ faces. ‘Is five minutes okay?’
‘Oh yes! It is,’ Fabian replied.
‘Good, go and get it done.’ the manager dismissed the man.
‘Oh shi*t! What’s this?’ Esther jumped up from her seat suddenly and held the man who was to get them what they requested for. She quickly released him and pointed to the ground.
‘It’s a rat,’ Fabian joined in, looking at the floor as if he had seen something while the manager and his co-worker searched around the floor for what the guests had seen but saw nothing.
‘A rat in my office?’ the manager glanced at Fabian ‘s face and then placed his gaze on Esther’s face.
‘It looked more like an electronic mouse, do you guys have those monitors here?’ Fabian asked the man.
‘Electronic mouse?’ the manager took a look at his co-worker’s face. The co-worker bowed again and turned to leave. ‘We don’t have such here?’ he said to Fabian .
Esther returned to her seat, looking down around the chair.
‘Maybe it’s been used by your security staffs,’ Fabian smiled. ‘Most of them make use of that technology now.’
‘Well, I’ll find out from them.’ the man replied and shrugged. He pulled his laptop closer and rested back against the backrest of his seat.
‘Are you okay?’ Fabian said in whispers to Esther but made sure it was loud enough for the man to hear.
‘Yes, I am.’ she replied back in low tones.
Fabian let out a smile and turned to the front, he also rested his back just like the manager did. He took out his phone from his pocket, unlocked it and opened his tracker app.
‘ I’m so sorry, I just realized that you guys just need to take a drink. So what can I offer you while the guy prepares the information,’ the manager spoke, not out of sincerity but just to make the place not too silent.
‘Oh! Thank you sir but we’re very okay, we had a meal some minutes before coming down here.’ Fabian replied, taking some seconds to look away from his phone to the man.
‘What about you? Would you like something to drink?’ he turned to Esther.
‘Thank you, I’m okay sir.’ Esther refused politely.
The manager got the email containing the answer to his request after six minutes in total. ‘The information you need is here,’ he announced to his guest.
‘Wow!’ Fabian sat up. He passed his phone secretly to Esther.
‘Here, it’s coming out.’ the manager said and rose to his feet. There was a printer at the left side of his office, he walked to the place and took the output produced. ‘Here we go, ‘ he gave the A4 sized paper to Fabian before he sank into his seat.
Fabian scanned through the paper briefly and looked up at the man’s face with a smile. ‘Thank you so much,’ he said and looked at the contents of the paper again.
Client: Alexander Kimberly E
Mode of Service: Receives supply for household goods once in a month.
Mode of Payment: Before delivery
Last time supplied : Today
Delivered: No
Reason for failure of delivery: Client’s absence at venue of delivery
He stopped after reading the third line and folded the paper neatly. ‘Thank you once again sir,’ Fabian said as he rose up to his feet. ‘We will now take our leave.’
‘You’re welcome,’ the manager rose with them and shook their hands before seeing them off to the door.
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‘Fabian, ‘ Esther called after they got out of the office into the secretary’s office. She had her eyes fixed to the phone he had passed to her secretly in the office.
‘Yes,’ he answered, rearranging his shirt and tucking in the flown out part.
‘The direction is left,’ she whispered to him and took the phone closer to him to show him something on the screen.
‘I’ll handle it, you wait for me at the car.’ he whispered back and collected the phone from her. They began to proceed out of the secretary’s office together. ‘Have a nice day ma’am,’ Fabian said to the secretary before walking out.
…To be continued.
Who is Fabian and Esther? They have been introduced in the story before.
Chapter 9 part 3
**45 minutes later**
Esther sat at the passenger’s side in the car alone. She had her legs crossed and her eyes fixed on the tablet device on her laps. She kept checking her wristwatch from time to time and would look out through the open window occasionally to see if Fabian was coming forth. After a long time of waiting, she noticed a man dressed in the security men’s uniform walking towards the car. She placed her eyes on him as he approached further and discovered from his manner of walking that it was Fabian coming.
He got there in no time and took off the cap from his head. ‘Move to the driver’s side,’ Fabian said to her in soft tones.
She did as he said and Fabian entered and settled in.
‘How did it go?’ she asked, staring at his face as he began to take off the buttons of the security uniform.
‘It went well,’ he replied, now unbuttoning the sleeves. ‘They didn’t have much useful information about Kimberly Alexander, I only got the phone number she uses to call them. Now, I’m monitoring her phone number and theirs, we will intercept once there’s a connection between both.’
‘And what’s the next step after that?’ Esther asked.
Fabian did not answer immediately, he took off the uniform top and flung it to the backseat of the car, leaving only his white underwear vest on. ‘Let’s take it one after the other,’ he said and strapped on his seatbelt. ‘Now, you need to get us out of here before someone discovers the unconscious security guard at the toilet and the data resource manager under his table.’
‘I see…’ she said, giving him a searching look as she strapped on her own seatbelt. ‘I hope they won’t stay so long in their unconscious state,’ she said as she started the car engine.
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Daniel’s eyes wandered around as he entered into his bookstore. He had received a call few minutes ago from one of his employees that someone asked to see him for a large supply of books which could only be authorized by him. The bookstore was a large and there were so many people in it buying and checking books on the shelf. He saw someone that looked familiar siting on a leather bench close to the sales desk and wondered if that could be the person who wanted to see him. His face met with the man’s but he looked away to other points in the store to see if there was anybody else waiting around.
‘Good morning sir,’ one of the employees called unto him.
‘Yea, good morning.’ he said, looking at the middle-aged woman’s face.
‘That’s the man who wanted to see you,’ she said, looking towards the man on the bench who Daniel had considered to be the one.
‘Okay, thank you.’ he said and the woman walked away. He began to walk towards the man on the bench.
The man rose to greet him as he got closer. ‘You must be Mr Daniel,’ the man said with a smile.
‘Yes, I am. Good morning sir,’ Daniel said, bowing slightly to show respect as he offered a handshake, the man was older than he was.
‘Good morning Mr Daniel,’ the man answered with a smile and took Daniel’s hand in his.
‘Please, you may have your seat sir.’ Daniel said and he turned to the chair behind the desk. He allowed the man to settle before he continued, ‘I heard you wanted a special supply of books…’ he began but suddenly paused. He narrowed his eyes and placed a firm stare on the man’s face. ‘I think I’ve met you somewhere before, ‘ he said. ‘You look so familiar.’
‘No, I don’t remember us meeting anywhere,’ the man stated and smiled even though Daniel was still staring at him like he was sure of his assertion. ‘Can we really discuss here?’ the man asked, his eyebrows gathering together.
‘Yes, are we not talking about books and the supplies you want?’
‘No, we’re talking about something different.’ the man said and cleared his throat. ‘I’m Inspector Dakolo from the Abuja Police Headquarters,’ he added, taking out his identity card.
Daniel already knew he was Inspector Dakolo but just had to say he looked familiar for the man not to know he was recognized. The only thing he was bothered about was the reason for the man’s visit.
‘What can I do for you Inspector?’ he asked and stared at the man’s face in silence, hoping it wasn’t that he was being investigated. He controlled two bookstores in town, both in his name though he wasn’t the real owner. The bookstores were just a tool given to him by the agency to hide his real job from the world.
‘I’m here to get some information about a certain man who I’m investigating, he listed your name as one of his guarantors in his recent job.’ Dakolo paused and waited to see if Daniel would know who he was talking about but Daniel continued to stare at him silently, a look of confusion forming on his face. ‘I’m talking about David James who recently began to work at the NSCC office,’ Dakolo stated.
‘Oh!’ Daniel blinked. ‘What about him?’
‘He’s been missing at work for some days now and they’ve been so worried at his place of work,’ Dakolo answered.
‘Oh! And did they declare him missing at the NSCC?’ Daniel joked with a broad smile on his lips. His smile quickly faded away when he realized that the Inspector saw no joke in what he said. ‘I don’t really know his whereabouts for now, but the last time I heard of him, they said he had an accident and was badly injured but I’ve not seen him for a long time now.’
Dakolo took a minute to consider the man’s explanation and concluded that it may be true since he saw Dave with bandages on the head and wrist that morning. ‘So, how do I reach him?’
‘Let me check for his phone number,’ Daniel said and hurriedly searched his pocket for his phone. He took it out and dialed Dave’s number. ‘It’s switched off,’ he said looking at the man’s face but dialed the number again and put the call on loud speakers for the Inspector to hear the response.
‘How about his house? Do you have his address with you?’
‘Ermm…’ he closed his eyes and moved his head from side to side trying to remember something. ‘Allow me for another minute, I think I saved the text somewhere on my phone.’ he began to press his phone again. ‘David James is a regular customer of this store, he reads and buys books a lot.’
It took him about two minutes to get the address he was searching for. He passed the phone to the Inspector to have a look.
‘This is the same address he left at the NSCC,’ Dakolo said after looking at the address severally within forty seconds. He returned the phone to the owner. ‘So you don’t have any other information we can use to find him?’
‘Any other information like?’
‘His family’s address, their home or maybe any of his siblings you know.’
‘I don’t know any of his family members or any of his other friends. He’s just a regular buyer here who became my friend because we share the same philosophies, I don’t know so much about him.’
‘You don’t know much about him but you signed to be his guarantor?’
‘Well, I just thought I should help him since he was badly in need of a job.’ Daniel answered with a stupid shrug.
Dakolo stared at his face for a while, feeling irritated at the stupidity of Daniel as displayed in his last statement. ‘You signed for someone who might just be a hardened criminal and he’s nowhere to be found now, you will have a lot of questions to answer if we don’t find him.’ Dakolo said and stamped his fists on the table, attracting the attention of some of the people in the store. ‘And don’t think of playing any stunts, we’ve got our eyes fully on you henceforth. The best thing you can do to yourself is to inform me immediately you have any information about him,’ he said and dropped a sheet of paper on the desk. ‘Call me when you do have something to say.’ With that, Dakolo turned and walked out of the store. Several people’s eyes followed him as he exited the place.
Daniel picked the paper containing the Inspector’s number and stared at it briefly. After that he picked his phone again and unlocked it. He scrolled down the menu and clicked on an unnamed application. It opened and displayed two icons on the dashboard, one for phone calls and the other for text messaging. He clicked on the text messaging option and began to search for the number he wanted to send it to. He selected the contact ‘David James’ but quickly unmarked it again. He scrolled up and marked the contact stored as ‘Agent DJ’. Then he began to type in his message into the box.
With the unnamed application he was using to send the message, the network providers would not have a record of the text message neither would their system have any idea of the transaction.
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‘It’s been a while you took me out and paid for my meal like this,’ Esther commented as she munched the food substance in her mouth. ‘It’s only when you need help you behave like a good boy.’
‘Must I be the one to take you out and pay for the meals? Can’t you take me out and foot the bills?’ Fabian gave a reply sooner than she expected and it got her surprised. It seemed like he knew that the question was coming and had already prepared an answer for her.
‘I thought you were the man,’ she said, giving him a side look. She dropped back into the plate the fork she was about to take into her mouth.
‘Which law says it’s the man that must foot the bills?’ Fabian said and continued eating without looking at her face. ‘You’re so used to men buying the stuffs for you. Sometimes, I feel envious of you. You get to go to several places free of charge with the men you investigate and they buy a lot of things for you but I do the buying except if it’s a very rich sugar mummy and not a young girl. The crazy thing is that most times we are underfunded by the agency and we put in our own monies to get the job done.’
‘And I put in my own body to get the job done,’ she snapped. ‘Do you think I like touching those men, especially the obese ones?’
‘Oh!’ Fabian dropped his fork and stared at her face. ‘You think I enjoy sleeping with the women because I am a man?’ he asked with a narrow look. ‘And you don’t even sleep with the men except in very extreme cases which comes rarely. Men can easily get deceived and carried away by just giving them a simple massage, lap dance or…’ he ran out of words, wriggling his fingers. ‘You know the rest of the things you do to them. But the women do not get carried away by those things easily, you have to really go down on her first…’
‘And how many times have you had to do that?’ she cut in. ‘How often do you get to have those kind of jobs? I bet you can’t mention more than one right now,’ she said and looked straight into his eyes, waiting for him to prove her wrong.
He wriggled and scratched his head on the hot seat he put himself. He was still trying to come up with an answer for her when his phone beeped. He quickly took it out and unlocked it.
‘Holy shi*t!’ he exclaimed after taking close to a minute to check the notification.
‘What’s it?’ Esther asked.
‘I just got a message from Daniel, he said Agent Dakolo is on a search for me.’ Fabian replied, looking up at her face.
Esther raised her brows and shook her head slightly, wanting more explanation as to why the Agent was searching for him.
‘He saw me that day before yesterday with the bandage on my head and he also knows I work at the NSCC,’ he explained to her.
Esther’s shoulders dropped. ‘So what are you going to do now?’
‘I don’t really know,’ Fabian said and placed two fingers on his lips. He stared blankly for a short while. ‘I think I would have to leave you to help me monitor the EasyShoppers, just for a short while, I have to see the Agent. But do remember that you need to clean off the disguise and switch to your look as Lizzy, just keep the name Esther.’ he began to tidy up his things on the table.
‘I do remember all that but are you really sure of what to do right now?’
‘I think I am. I just have to do something before the Agent spreads the word too quick.’ he answered, getting up from his chair.
‘Alright, but do make sure you don’t get into more troubles.’
‘I won’t. Thanks for helping out.’ he said as he dipped his smaller phone into his pocket and dropped a bigger one on the table. ‘I’m leaving the car with you,’ he said, showing her the car key on the table. ‘Please send me a message if anything comes up and you need to act.’
‘Okay, I’ll do that. I just hope the office does not call me up for an assignment.’
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‘Tara, Rex is back again.’ Henry came into the living room saying to her.
She took her eyes off the late Senate President’s book which she was still reading for a minute to look at Henry. She fixed her gaze back to the book before speaking. ‘What did you see him try to do?’ she asked as she folded her the page she was reading and dropped the book. On a second thought, she picked up the book again and rolled her wheelchair closer to the bag of books and dropped it in. She had continued reading the book for up to one hour and had found nothing else about her parents or her family. All that was left were boring details of the other deals the then young politicians involved themselves in.
‘He was just searching around the house, I saw him throwing some tiny particles around.’ Henry replied her question.
‘In what direction was he throwing them?’ she asked another question and began to wheel herself towards him, putting in so much effort to do it with speed. He quickly walked to her and held the wheelchair by the back, leading her into the corridor away from the living room.
‘I don’t really know what directions he did…’ Henry mentioned his words slowly, still thinking as he said them. ‘But I think he was throwing them towards the origin of the laser scopes security at the different points.’
‘That’s means he was checking if the lasers are still on,’ she said as he wheeled her on. ‘I believe he will discover now that we have left the facility.’
They continued on another corridor until they got to the control room. Henry wheeled her to the front of the main control system. It was on and was showing a video of a section in the structure at the other end. Henry held the mouse and closed the player, an option of views of the different parts of the house covered by the cameras displayed like a DVD selection page. He zoomed the selection page for a clearer view and began to scroll down, searching for which part Rex was now. He located it not too long after and selected it. Rex was at the same corridor from which the lasers had sent him running back the night before and was treading carefully, looking back and forth everytime.
He stopped at the entrance of a door and took out his phone, he was seen dialing a number. The call was answered and he spoke to the person at the other end for only thirty seconds before he put the phone back into his pocket. He then turned back suddenly and his eyes searched round the walls until he located the camera focus on him. He pointed his gun at it and sent a bullet straight to it.
Henry was alarmed as their screen went blank. He looked at Tara with a trembling eyes, ‘He knows we are watching him just like the other day,’ he said.
‘Yes, he knows but he also knows that we are not in that facility anymore.’ she replied him.
‘What if he discovers the underground?’
‘He cannot,’ she stated emphatically. ‘The only way he would is if someone tells him about it.’
‘Hmm…’ Henry hummed, not too sure whether to believe her or not. The cursor showed on the blank screen as his hand touched the mouse.
‘We actually don’t have a business with that other facility anymore, there’s no way he can connect this place to that except he gains access into the Ministry of Housing documents but he wouldn’t even think of it having an underground which connects somewhere else.’
The phone on her lap began to ring as she was still talking. She answered the call and adjusted her wheelchair backwards before speaking. ‘Hi Chief Gab.’
‘Good afternoon Tarasha, I have gotten another house for you to use now.’
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NSCC Headquarters
Dave ignored the prying eyes of the other NSCC officials as he walked through the offices. He greeted back those who cared to greet him first and just ignored those that were looking at him like they had seen a ghost.
‘Mr Dave!’ someone shouted from behind.
Dave turned back and his eyes met with Dapo’s. ‘Good afternoon sir,’ he said with an indifferent look.
‘Where have you been?’ Dapo asked with eyes wide open in surprise.
‘It’s a long story,’ Dave said and took in a breath. ‘Is the chairman on seat?’
‘Yes, he should be.’ Dapo got to the same place with him and they began to walk on together. ‘Inspector Dakolo from the Police Headquarters was here for you this morning.’
‘Inspector Dakolo?’ Dave feigned a surprised tone.
‘Yes.’
‘Is that not the man previously in charge of Samantha Osman’s case?’
‘Yes, you’re right.’
‘What does he want from me?’
‘I don’t know for sure but I think it is connected to your disappearance for so long.’
Dave as sighed and shook his head and they walked on in silence until they got to the point for Dapo to turn to his office.
‘Alright man, goodluck with the chairman.’ Dapo said as he walked away.
‘Good afternoon,’ Dave stopped at Mr Sylvester’s secretary’s desk.
‘Good evening Mr David!’ she was also surprised to see him. Dave smiled at the expression on her face. ‘You want to see Mr Sylvester?’
‘Yes, is he in?’
‘You may go in, or isn’t he expecting you?’
‘No, he’s not.’
‘Okay, wait a second. I’ll inform him right away.’
She picked up the landline receiver on her table and connected to Mr Sylvester. ‘Mr David James is here to see you sir,’ she said and a smile appeared on her face as she got a reply. ‘Yes, the same Mr David James.’
‘You may go in now, ‘ she said to him and he bowed slightly before proceeding.
Dave opened the door slightly and walked in slowly, poking his head in first before his legs and other part followed. He closed the door and stood behind it for a second, his gaze meeting Mr Sylvester’s eyes which was fixed on him. The man was carrying a very stern gaze on his face and Dave could read his demand for a reasonable explanation even without the man saying anything yet.
‘Good afternoon sir,’ Dave greeted and began to proceed forward slowly.
‘Good afternoon,’ Mr Sylvester replied in a muffled tone.
‘I was attacked at my house by armed men and I got badly injured,’ David began his explanation immediately. ‘I’ve been at the hospital for days now.’
Mr Sylvester shook his head in disbelief, he narrowed his look at Dave wondering why the young man had decided to lie to him and even choose a stupid lie. He rested his back and folded his arms with his eyes still on Dave’s face. ‘So you got attacked by armed robbers and was badly injured but none of your neighbours knew about the attack or even your whereabouts.’
Dave knew the man didn’t believe his words but wasn’t bothered if he did or not, all he wanted was to have a story to say. ‘I didn’t say armed robbers sir, armed men.’ He corrected.
‘Armed men? What are you talking about?’ Mr Sylvester looked away for a second and picked his phone.
‘They were not robbers and did not take anything from me. They only came that night and forced me with their guns to follow them without making any noise. I got dropped on the road after being thoroughly beaten.’
‘Sorry to say Dave, this your story sounds somehow ridiculous, more like it was made up.’ Mr Sylvester adjusted himself on the seat, placing his elbow on the left armrest while he typed on his phone with the fingers on the other hand.
‘Sir, I know it does…’
‘Please, have your seat Dave.’ the man interrupted.
‘Thank you sir,’ Dave said and took his seat. ‘Sir, I know it might sound ridiculous but it’s the truth. Those guys met me that night and asked that I leave the house with them, pointing their guns at me.’
‘And did they tell you what they wanted?’
‘Hmm… No,’ Dave looked straight into Mr Sylvester’s eyes. The man had stopped typing on his phone and Dave knew that the man must have sent a text message to someone which was most likely Agent Dakolo.
Both men’s gazes remained on each other’s faces for a long moment as both thought to themself in silence.
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**Maitama**
‘Cole,’ Tarasha’s voice sounded through the phone’s speaker as he answered.
‘Boss,’ Cole replied.
‘I’ve called the EasyShoppers administrators and I’ve asked that they deliver the goods to you at the parking space at Leads way.’
‘Alright boss, I’ll be going there immediately.’
Chapter 9 part 4&5
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‘Have you reported the incident to the police?’ Mr Sylvester finally asked after the long moment of silence.
‘No,’ Dave shook his head.
‘No? I thought they should be the first you would have reached.’
‘No, not yet sir.’
‘Not yet, when?’
‘Very soon.’
‘Very soon, what do you mean by very soon?’ the man narrowed his look. ‘How can you be attacked and you are saying you’ve not reported, and you are not even ready to report?’
‘Sir, it’s strictly for personal reasons.’
‘For personal reasons?’ Mr Sylvester narrowed his eyes, he now had more reasons not to believe Dave .
‘Yes, I can’t let it out for now.’
‘Dave,’ the man called softly. ‘Except you’re able to prove your claim, you might have to face the punishments attached to being absent from the office for so long without permission.’
‘Sir, I know the corporation has it’s rules and regulations but I’m not here to continue.’ Dave said. He rose up slightly and took something out, he sat back as he placed the envelope on the table. ‘I have come to tender my resignation letter.’
Mr Sylvester’s eyes widened in surprise, a resignation letter was what he least expected from Dave. ‘You must be joking,’ he said, pushing back the letter to Dave.
‘I’m sorry sir, I just can’t continue this job. My life is being threatened,’ Dave said, shaking his head as he let out a breath.
‘No, we have a strong policy here and you have to follow it.’
‘But sir, how can I continue when my life is in danger?’
‘What do you mean by saying your life is in danger? Did the NSCC send the men to beat you up?’ Mr Sylvester shouted. Though he was angry and wanted badly for Dave to be queried for his sudden absence for days, he wasn’t ready to lose another competent employee and he began to accept the fact slowly in his mind, he now regretted sending the text to Inspector Dakolo instead of protecting Dave.
Dave shook his head again and swallowed in. It was obvious to Mr Sylvester that he was hiding something and was desperate to keep it to himself.
‘Tell me, those men that attacked you, do they have any connection with the NSCC?’ the man asked again but Dave was silent.
Mr Sylvester’s phone vibrated on the table and he swiped it open with the tip of a finger, there was a pop-up message on the screen from Officer Dakolo. It read, ‘Just keep him there, I’ll be in your office in five minutes time.’
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He kept glancing out through the window from time to time for signs of the EasyShoppers vehicle and would take a look at his wristwatch after every glance outside. The EasyShoppers delivery guys were over ten minutes late already and that wasn’t the EasyShoppers he knew, they always arrived on time and were never late for delivery. He was about to pick his phone to call and inform Tarasha about their lateness when he saw the EasyShoppers minivan driving towards the parking space from the road.
He quickly turned the rearview mirror to face and took a quick look at the reflection. He took out an handkerchief from his side to clean his face again. Tarasha had instructed for him to clean the off the makeups after acquiring the car she sent him to, she had asked him to run more errands that’ll cause the makeups to fade off gradually and disfigure the look on his face.
The van got into the parking space a minute later and halted right beside his car. He got out before the engine of the van was switched off and waited for the delivery man or woman at the front of his car.
Someone came out from the driver’s side, a young woman. She locked the door and took some steps towards the back to check the other doors. She had a stunning look and elegant walking steps. Cole observed her from the second she placed the first leg outside, she had on the EasyShoppers customized top but a short skirt which stopped above the knee contrary to the EasyShoppers mode of dressing which included the women also putting on trousers. The EasyShoppers customized top was a round necked collared short sleeve shirt with only three buttons at the top, it had their logo at the belly side and their motto written under it.
Before Cole knew it, a gorgeous lady was standing right in front of him. He wouldn’t have been so carried away by her presence but the fragrance and concentration of her perfume was enough to sweep one away.
‘Good afternoon sir, I’m Patricia.’ the lady greeted the stunned Cole.
‘Good afternoon ma’am,’ he greeted back and shook his head gently and briefly, deciding to shake her off his mind immediately.
‘I’m sorry for coming late, I’m new to this job and it took me sometime to locate this place.’ she apologized with a kind smile.
Cole nodded and smiled back in acceptance of her apology. He looked away from her face as she was staring into his eyes in a way that made him not too comfortable.
She looked away also, realizing the impact she had on him. It was her first time of delivering goods to anyone and she wasn’t too sure if it was right to stare at the receiver’s face like she did. But he wasn’t just a receiver but a very handsome one.
‘I hope you won’t rate our service by this performance,’ she added, glancing at his face again.
‘No, of course not.’ he smiled back. ‘So how do we do it?’ he asked, looking around the car to see if she came with a man who would help with transferring the supply into the car he brought.
‘I was asked to give you an invoice and also explain somethings about our previous transactions to you. Our policies regarding our delivery and types of goods have also changed and I was asked to brief you about the changes, it will only take some few minutes,’ she said before she turned back towards the car. She opened the door to the driver’s side and bent in to pick something from the middle of the seats. Her backside was turned towards Cole and he could see the smooth curves formed in her tight black skirt. He drew in a deep breath and looked away, he could not but admit that she was richly endowed at the backside even though she wasn’t fat.
‘Didn’t you come with any man who can start moving the foodstuffs into my vehicle while you explain what you’re supposed to?’ he said, still struggling to keep his eyes off the sight before him.
‘I didn’t come with any,’ she finally rose out with a small bag and turned to him. She brought out a book from it, ‘That’s part of the details I’m supposed to brief you about. The delivery officials would stop coming with people to help in the carrying of the goods anymore except it is paid for.’
‘Oh, I see…’ Cole hummed with his mouth ajar. His eyes wandered to the top of her shirt and two of the three buttons were now opened, he could see drops of sweats and a tiny necklace around her neck. He looked up and realized that they had been standing under the scorching sun, the only reason he hadn’t felt it too much was the cooling effect of the car Air conditioner on his body which was now vanishing and his body beginning to feel the impact of the sun. ‘Can we sit in my car while you explain to me,’ he offered, looking into her eyes once again.
‘Yes, I was about to suggest that.’ she gladly accepted.
‘Okay.’ Cole quickly walked to the driver’s side and got into the car. He opened the door to the passengers’ side for her to get in.
‘Thank you,’ she said as settled in. Her short tight skirt stopped halfway her thigh as she sat, revealing too much for Cole to see. She began to explain immediately, ignoring the fact that Cole’s eyes were prying her laps. ‘So this contains records of all your transactions with us,’ she said as she opened the book to show him.
Cole took a brief glance at the opened book but his eyes did not stay there, it kept scanning up and down her revealed thighs. He could feel a rush in his blood and something rising under his trousers. He closed his laps together to prevent the bulge he could see forming slowly. She kept talking but his mind was far away, he wondered why many companies uses ladies as marketers and even the sex appeal strategy in their marketing and adverts. He was angry about the situation but there was nothing he could do about it, the marketing strategy had an effect on him and it was taking over his senses. This lady beside him was d–n sexy, one of the sexiest he had ever met.
‘Hope you understand,’ she stopped talking and stared at his face. She closed the book, putting a finger in between to avoid losing the page.
‘Oh Yes,’ Cole nodded even though he couldn’t recall a word out of all she said.
‘Okay,’ she opened the book again to continue. She adjusted her seating position and crossed her legs. Cole twitched uncomfortable at the new sight of the view. His body trembled and he adjusted his legs.
She continued to speak and this time he tried hard to listen and began to hear some of what she was saying.
‘We also have a new mobile app,’ she said and took her tablet device from her lap, putting the book in the position she took the device from. ‘It’s very easy to use,’ she said and leaned closer to him.
Cole could not concentrate anymore. He could feel her b—-t pressing hard against his shoulder and the scent of her perfume filled his nose, making him want to have a quick exploration of her body at that moment. His eyes wandered away from the phone to the tiny necklace around her neck. He tried to look in through the opened buttons but couldn’t see much except for the top of the twins. His eyes then wandered to her face and remained there while she continued with her navigation on the mobile app.
‘Sir, sir!’ Cole suddenly heard her calling. She was still leaning towards him and now looking directly at his face. ‘You’re not listening,’ she complained.
Cole’s heart throbbed at the echo of her voice in his mind and the movement of her lips. The pink lips were as sexy as her body was. He felt like taking her lips in his and engaging her in a deep kiss but he feared what could be the result, he could be accused of assault and would that way cause unnecessary problems for himself and his boss. His eyes were searching deep into hers and hers was too. Both of them remained that way in silence for close to a minute. Then something happened which Cole could not explain, her lips had brushed his softly, he knew for sure that he didn’t initiate it. In a twinkling of an eye, her mouth had covered his. He could feel the softness of her lips. He wrapped his hand around her body and pulled her closer to himself, enjoying her expertise in the kissing game.
She broke away after a minute and both of them stared into each other’s eyes for a couple of seconds. Then she climbed over him, placing her knees by either sides of his seat. Her mouth met his again as she ran her fingers into his shirt, taking off the buttons from the middle.
Cole responded to her every touch and move, temporarily forgetting that he was on an assignment. His hand reached for the switch in the middle and he placed a finger on it to adjust the power seat. His finger remained there until the backrest got to a comfortable level for the action that was about to happen.
He allowed her take off his shirt completely disregarding the fact that they were in a public environment. The window glasses of the car were tinted so he had nothing much to worry about. Her fingers ran under his singlet and she dragged it up, a brief smile formed on her lips as she saw his well formed abs. She reached for his abdomen with her lips while his hands ran up her thighs.
Someone’s phone began to ring but none of them responded at first, until it rang the second time. Cole suddenly recognized the tone as the customized ringing tone he saved for Tarasha. He quickly held Patricia’s hands and stopped her from taking off his belt which she was about doing. He set up and picked his phone with her still on his laps, he confirmed that the caller was Tarasha as he looked at the screen.
‘Hello boss,’ he said, releasing a deep breath as he gestured with his fingers for Patricia to move back to the other seat.
‘Cole, where are you now?’ Tarasha’s voice sounded loud from the other end. Cole finger quickly found the volume button and he reduced it.
‘Still with the EasyShoppers delivery woman, she had some issues and came a bit late.’ he said and flashed a look at Patricia. She frowned at him for telling his boss that she came late when he had earlier promised not to judge by her performance. ‘She also said she needed to explain somethings about their changed terms and conditions and that’s what she’s doing right now.’
‘Cole, is everything alright?’ she asked, sensing that something was wrong with the way he was breathing in and out.
‘Yes boss, there’s nothing. We’re done already, what’s left is to move the goods into the car.’ he replied.
‘But why are you sounding like…like you just had a duel with somebody?’
‘No boss,’ Cole said and chuckled in an attempt to convince her. ‘There’s nothing like that.’
‘Then hurry up, remember that you have very limited time and you have some other things to do.’
‘Okay boss,’ Cole replied. The call ended and Cole locked his phone instantly. He closed his eyes to take in a breath, then he placed his palms on his lips and exhaled from his mouth. He opened his eyes again and turned to Patricia. She was staring at him, her shirt and her skirt ruffled a bit. Her thighs were more exposed than they were before and she was sitting with her legs turned towards him but he had no time to waste. He looked away and searched for his shirt. The rush of hormones in his body had reduced and his attention had gone down. He began to wonder why he couldn’t resist her as he put back on his shirt. She didn’t need him to tell her anything before she sat right and also started to straighten her top and skirt.
‘So do you have any questions about the things I explained to you?’
He flashed a quick look at her as he buttoned his shirt, ‘No.’
‘Okay then, I think you can now start to move the goods into your car.’ she said to him.
‘Move them into my car?’ Cole stared at her.
‘Yes, I explained to you already that you have to request for that and you’ll be charged separately and you already agreed that we should add it to the charges from next month.’ she replied him and then opened the door.
‘I agreed?’
‘Yes,’ she turned to give him a look.
‘It’s okay,’ he said and also opened the door to his side. Both of them stepped out simultaneously.
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The thin yellow line continued to spread on the map until it got to a certain point and stopped. A small blinking green circle formed at the point indicating that her tracked object was in that location. Tarasha zoomed the map to read the address of the location, she right clicked and copied the text.
Cole’s response had gotten her suspicious, he sounded like someone who had done something hectic when he spoke to her and the explanation he had given her was not convincing enough. She at first thought that he had been caught by the enemies and was being forced to give her those answers like he did. She didn’t know what to do about it at first, she did not place a tracker on his body before he left. But she remembered almost immediately that she could be able to track his location using the IMEI of his phone and decided to do just that. It took her about eight minutes to locate the place the phone’s IMEI was stored and began to track it since then.
She minimized the tracker app and opened the NSCC application. It took some seconds to finish loading, she logged in and input the address details she got from the tracker app to locate and connect to the source of cameras in that area.
After a couple of minutes, her request was processed and a DVD selection page displayed, showing the various views from the different cameras on the streets. She selected one in which she could see a car which looked like the one she sent Cole to get. It expanded and the car was when shown from the front. She continued to switch until she got to one which showed Cole and a lady putting the EasyShoppers top. Cole was seen closing the boot of the car. Then the EasyShoppers woman passed a book and a pen to him and waited while he signed on it.
Tarasha minimized the app. With all she could see, everything was going on perfectly well and there was no cause for alarm.
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20 minutes earlier (During Cole’s exploration with the delivery woman)
Dave was not surprised when he heard a knock on Mr Sylvester’s door and the man asked for the person to come in. He was already tired of going back and forth on why he wasn’t going to tell the man the reason he was attacked as stated by the attackers and was waiting for Dakolo to show up, so the knock was a relief to him.
He didn’t look back immediately until the man almost got to his seat. He quickly looked back and feigned surprise. Dakolo stared straight into his eyes intimidatingly. Dave turned back and shot Mr Sylvester a quick look of a betrayal feeling, like to ask why the man had summoned the police on him.
‘Good afternoon Mr Sylvester,’ Agent Dakolo greeted.
‘Good afternoon sir,’ Mr Sylvester said and turned back to Dave. ‘Agent Dakolo was here to see you earlier today and he’s back again for you,’ he said to Dave and looked back to the Inspector.
‘Yes, Dave.’ Dakolo said as Dave turned to look at him. ‘Both of us have got things to discuss, don’t you think so?’
Dave was silent.
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Part 5
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‘Mr David James,’ Dakolo called the name threateningly as he paced the floor. He was alone with Dave in a new room still in the NSCC Headquarters. Dave was seated on a plastic chair and an empty plastic chair meant for Dakolo was in front of him.
Dave fixed his eyes on the man’s face at the call of his name, but he didn’t bother to respond vocally as there was no need for it. The call was only for Dakolo to get his attention which he had now.
‘I think I respect you a lot, this our discussion is supposed to be done in the police investigation room you know?’ Dakolo said and stopped pacing, he looked directly into Dave’s eyes.
‘I do not still understand you sir,’ a frown formed on Dave’s face.
Dakolo licked his lower lip softly. ‘Don’t make things hard for both of us man, you know what I’m talking about.’
‘No, I do not.’ Dave insisted in a calm but assertive tone.
Dakolo smiled. ‘Please do not make me lose the respect I have for you, you should just stop acting innocent.’
‘Acting innocent? I do not even know what you’re talking about yet sir.’
‘I met you yesterday during the early hours and you offered your help which I declined, so where did you go after that?’
‘I went back home.’
‘You are still saying you went back home even after you told me clearly that you were going to work.’
‘No, I went home. I wanted to go to work but I received a call after you left and I had to go home immediately.’
‘You lie,’ Dakolo snapped, squinting into Dave’s eyes. Dave remained quiet. ‘What do you take me for, a kid?’
Dave shook his head and sighed tiredly. ‘Agent sir, I do not understand what you’re talking about. I met you and offered to help you, you didn’t accept but you suddenly ran off like you were chasing after something and now you show up here looking for me and asking questions about my movement.’
Dakolo chuckled and shook his head briefly after hearing what Dave had to say. He walked slowly to the seat in front of Dave and sat on it, adjusting the position so that he could face Dave straight. He placed his feet on the brace between the chair legs and placed his elbows on his knees. ‘Mr Dave, I can see you’re very intelligent and that you know how to play the mind game very well, but I’m not about to fall for it. I’m going to plead with you to tell me the truth for the last time and if you don’t, we will have to settle this in our office and that would mean you’ll be arrested.’
‘What would you arrest me for?’ Dave smiled and shook his head in mockery of the man’s words. ‘I’m a citizen of Nigeria who knows his rights and I would not allow you or anybody trample on them.’
‘I won’t trample on them, I’ll get a warrant to arrest you.’
‘For what exactly? You think you can just take me away?’ Dave asked in a very harsh tone, his eyebrows raised and his head shaking.
Dakolo let out a breath. He stared at Dave’s face silently for about fifteen seconds. It was getting more difficult than he thought it would be, Dave was proving to be a hard nut to crack.
‘Mr David, that morning, you had a bandage on your head and one on your wrists but I can’t see any right now. Do you want to tell me your wounds have healed up so quickly?’
‘That isn’t any of your business sir,’ Dave slammed.
‘Of course it is my business,’ Dakolo grit his teeth and tightened his fists. ‘It is my business especially when a man with a bandage on the head and wrist was the one who attacked the Inspector General and his men that morning.’
‘And what are you insinuating?’ Dave asked with a deep frown.
‘It’s time you stop pretending man, I know you were that man and I came ready for you.’ Dakolo said, taking out his gun and getting up to his feet.
‘Hey! Take it easy man,’ Dave pleaded, raising his hands up in the air as Dakolo pointed the gun at him.
‘Get up,’ Dakolo gestured to him with the gun. ‘You’re coming with me to the station,’ he added and removed an handcuff attached to the belt hole at his back.
‘Come on sir, we’re not done with our discussion yet.’ Dave said, getting up to his feet in response to the man’s gesture. He had a story to tell the man but didn’t want to let it out without easily without giving the man any tough time.
‘I don’t think you have anything else to say, just stretch your hands forth,’ Dakolo said firmly.
‘And why should I stretch my hands forth?’ Dave said, putting his hands down by his side, now showing defiantness contrary to his first attitude of fear at the first sight of the gun. ‘You’re not supposed to be on this case, why don’t you just face your own job?’
‘My job is to ensure justice and that’s what I’m doing,’ Dakolo replied, still pointing the gun at him.
‘Agent, I’m tired of this conversation, I have some other things to do.’ Dave sank back into his seat disregarding the Agent and the gun being pointed at him.
Dakolo cocked the gun and Dave’s eyes shone at him immediately. Dave’s hand went back up in the air and he rose slowly.
‘Hey! You not holding that well. Do not cause an accidental discharge,’ Dave warned, pointing to the gun.
‘I’m not stupid, I’m trained and can’t make such a mistake but there’ll be no difference if I kill you now or not.’
‘Okay, just put down the gun. I’ll tell you everything,’ Dave pleaded.
Dakolo lowered the gun slowly and stepped backwards a bit. ‘Start talking.’
‘Agent, I planned to tell you this before.’ he stopped and got up to his feet and began to pace the floor. ‘But I thought it would be sometime later. I was on bandage yesterday and…’ he stopped abruptly and looked around. ‘Sir, can we go somewhere else to talk? I don’t feel comfortable here.’
‘Somewhere else like the police station?’
‘Huh? No, but I maybe that’s even be safer than this is. Someone else might be listening to our conversation here,’ Dave explained.
Dakolo raised a brow at him, doubting the fact that he didn’t mind to go to the station even though he agreed that someone else could be listening to them where they were.
‘So we go to my office at the station?’
Dave shrugged in response.
Dakolo stared at him unblinking, wondering if he was trying to play a prank or being honest. ‘I have to search your body first,’ he said. Dave moved closer and Dakolo searched his shirt and trousers pockets. The only thing he found there was a phone which he took out and handed back to Dave.
‘So, let’s go to my office. At least, it will be easy to turn you into a cell from there,’ Dakolo said, gesturing for him to move first.
Dave began to walk towards the door, glancing with the side eye at Dakolo who was walking a metres behind him. He had a well developed story to tell Dakolo and needed to act well to make it look and sound really serious. He checked for the time on his phone which was still in his hand and locked it back, he was about to put it into his pocket when it vibrated. He turned the screen to himself again and unlocked it. There was a text message from Lizzy and it read;
‘ I’ve got a tracker on Samantha’s man who came to get the goods from the EasyShoppers agents and we just went our different ways a couple of minutes ago, I think you need to come down now, I don’t know where to continue from here .’
Dave closed his eyes briefly and released a breath after reading the message. That was going to change his direction again. He didn’t know Lizzy would have made such quick progress. Now he had to find a way to escape Dakolo.
‘Come on, go out.’ Dakolo said in a calm but authoritative voice.
Dave opened his eyes and looked back. He realized he was standing at the door with his hand on the knob.
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Lizzy continued to stare at her phone’s screen for several minutes, hoping to get a reply from Dave to her text message but none arrived as soon as she expected. She got out of her car and looked towards the EasyShoppers’ van. She could see the two EasyShoppers’ workers who she had drugged already awake in the car. The lady Patricia who she had disguised was checking the already signed receipt. Lizzy knew both of them would be so confused and will never get an explanation for what happened.
She entered back into the car and picked her phone to see if there was any reply from Dave yet, there was none. She then started the engine and drove away.
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‘The car is being sprayed already and I’ve gotten the other gadgets you asked for,’ Cole said into the phone as he got up from the reception seat where he was waiting. One of the assignments Tarasha had given him was the get the colour of the car and the plate number changed. He had gotten the car with the name Kimberly Alexander and using the car for any operation without changing the plate number would expose them to danger by allowing it to be easily traced. The security officials could easily meet the authorities in charge of roads and keeping records of cars registration and trace it to them but if the necessary change was done to the car, there would be no way to link from it to the name.
‘What name did you use?’ Tarasha’s voice sounded.
‘Aj Johnson,’ he replied.
‘Nice one… But I still do not want you to leave any trace of you there. So instead of waiting there, I think you should just go out and get some new clothes, caps and accessories that would make you look totally different when you take out the car.’
‘Okay boss, I’ll do that right away.’ Cole replied and began to journey towards the door.
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Dave’s mind was no longer with Dakolo as they got to the car, he kept looking around uncomfortably and searching in his mind excuses and a way to escape. Dakolo also noticed the change in his behavior and watched him more closely.
‘Get in,’ Dakolo said to him after opening the doors of the front seats.
Dave got in first and closed the door before Dakolo entered into the driver’s side. Dakolo was about to start the car engine when Dave stopped him by holding his hand.
‘Sir, you really thought I was going with you to the police station?’
Dakolo paused and stared at him suspiciously, his second hand already trying to bring out the gun from his pocket.
‘Don’t bring out the gun, Agent,’ Dave said in a pleading tone. ‘You can’t take me to the station or even anywhere else because I don’t have time to follow you right now.’
‘I’m taking you to the station?’ Dakolo asked, becoming angry.
‘You can’t, I won’t allow you take me into the investigation room without any charges against me.’
‘But we planned on using my office.’
‘And do you know I can implicate you that way?’
‘Implicate me for what?’
‘Agent Dakolo, you’re not in charge of this case anymore, so what would you say you’re investigating me for?’
‘What case are you talking about? Are you a criminal or do you have a previous case with the police?’
‘No, I’m not a criminal but I know you’ve been asked to stop work on this case for a long time now. Agent Tim is now in charge of Samantha Osman’s case, why don’t you allow him handle it,’ Dave said.
‘Samantha Osman’s case?’ Dakolo exclaimed and stared at him with suspicion in his eyes. ‘How do you know this is connected to that?’
‘Are you not investigating me for the attack on the Inspector General?’
‘Yes…’ Dakolo replied slowly. ‘Yes, I am but how is that connected to Samantha Osman? You should know since you were the one captured by the camera and you even mentioned Samantha Osman now.’
Dave stopped to stare at the man with his left eye partially closed, he took off his hand which was still holding Dakolo’s hand from touching the start button.
‘It proves that you really are involved in this,’ Dakolo accused.
‘Yes, I am but in a good way.’ Dave finally admitted to Dakolo’s surprise.
‘And then I have to get you to the station immediately.’
‘Do you think you can force me there?’ Dave asked. He began to feel a continuous vibration of the phone in his pocket.
‘I have tens of other security officials around who would enforce that I get you to the station,’ Dakolo threatened, referring to the security guards around.
‘Hehe…’ Dave chuckled, taking a look towards the security post from the car. He wondered how any of men he used to see at the gate would stop him from leaving if he wanted to. ‘And what benefit do you think it would do you if you get me to your station?’
Dakolo paused to think about the question, wondering where Dave was getting his sudden boldness from.
‘We both know it will be of no good for you even if you arrest me. This case is not supposed to be handled by you, so I am under no obligation to answer queries from you.’
‘Where did you get all these ideas from?’
‘That’s not necessary sir and I won’t answer you anymore,’ Dave said, now taking out his phone from his pocket.
‘I’m definitely going to hand you over to the man in charge.’ Dakolo said with determination in his voice. He pressed the start button and the car engine roared to life.
Dave opened the door stubbornly and put a leg out. Dakolo took out his gun.
‘Is this how to make an arrest?’ Dave put his leg back in and began to laugh out loud, making Dakolo stare at him stupefied. He reached for the start button and turned it off. ‘Look Agent, you don’t need all this. I knew you came here to look for me today and that’s why I came to present myself. I wanted to see you. And I also knew when Mr Sylvester sent the message of my presence to you. So, I’ll tell you all I can tell you in five minutes and leave right away. My partner is calling and I have to go immediately,’ he said, displaying his phone’s screen for the man to see the incoming call from Lizzy.
‘You don’t dictate what I will do,’ Dakolo said and tried to reach for the start button again. Dave stopped him.
‘Hey! Stop getting sentimental about this,’ Dave said. ‘You’re getting desperate because you feel I’m stubborn and I’m taking you for granted.’
Dave’s words hit Dakolo like cold water and he realized that it was the truth. He wriggled his hand from Dave’s hold and raised his gun with the left hand.
‘You know that Agent Tim has compromised already and that’s why you’re still on this case. So what will happen if you hand me over to him? Would anything good come out of it?’
Dakolo’s hand weakened the more as Dave’s words settled in his mind. Dave seemed to know about him and the activities in the police force more than he thought.
‘Agent, like I said before; I was the one who’s image was captured by the camera yesterday but I didn’t go there to attack the Inspector General. I followed behind you after you left yesterday because I was interested in knowing what made you leave hurriedly.’
Dakolo lowered his hand.
‘I stayed after you left at the pursuit of the vehicle that took away the Vice President and got into the building…’
‘Wait! How did you know I followed them to the Vice President’s house?’ Dakolo interrupted.
‘I don’t know where you followed them to, I only know you followed the car that took the Vice President away.’
‘Was the Vice President in the car?’ Dakolo asked, raising his brows.
‘Oh! You didn’t see him?’
‘No, Agent Tim was the one in the car and he left with a man that came out of the building. They took him to the Vice President’s house.’
‘The man Agent Tim left with was the Vice President himself and not someone else. He was disguised in a funny way.’
‘Oh shi*t! That man was Chief Elvis?’ Dakolo stared in surprise, realizing the reason why the man never came out of the Vice President’s house with Agent Tim as he had expected.
‘Yes, it was.’ Dave replied and continued. ‘The Inspector General was in that building with Samantha Osman and was attacked by Samantha’s men, that was the real cause of the gun exchange that morning.’
‘But who are you and why are you involved in this?’
‘I’m a journalist, a per time journalist working for Desert Reporters.’ Dave took out an identity card.
‘Desert reporters?’ Dakolo mumbled, collecting the ID card to look at it.
‘I’m on a project on Samantha Osman and that’s why I’ve been away from this office for some days. I left to Lagos to make a research on the clash of Samantha Osman with the Nanl Gang and I’ve told them here that I was attacked by unknown men. I was coming here with the bandage on my head to show when I met you but then I couldn’t come here again when I suspected that something was going on in that building.’ Dave stopped and turned his phone. It was ringing again. ‘I have to go now Inspector,’ Dave said as he swiped the call answering button to the message option. He quickly typed in; ‘I’ll call you back in two minutes.’
‘How do I know all these things you told me are the truth?’
‘You can google up the keywords NEWS FROM DAVID JAMES right now, you’ll find several of my articles and reported news online.’
‘I’m using the search engine on http://w—————m right now,’ the Agent said as he took out his phone. He placed his phone on his lap but put his hand in such a way to protect it from the reach of Dave.
Dave dialed Lizzy’s number while the Inspector busied himself with the search.
‘Lizzy, where are you?’
‘I’m going after him already, I got a static location indicated on the map already.’ Lizzy’s voice sounded from the other end of the phone.
‘Lizzy,’ Dave called out the name, partially in concern for her and partially to reprimand her for making moves without his consent. ‘Did you put on makeups before meeting him?’
‘No, I did not.’
‘Then you shouldn’t go near, it would be dangerous if he sees you and finds out you’re following after him. That is suicidal,’ Dave warned.
‘I just want to know the place, I’m not going near.’
‘Lizzy, just tell me where you are. I’m coming to meet you there right away,’ Dave said.
‘Okay, let me check for the address around. I’ll call you back in a minute.’ she said and hung up.
Dakolo was through with his search by the time Dave was done with the call. ‘I’ve seen your articles,’ he began. ‘But don’t you think you’re going to far? You are already doing what is supposed to be the job of the police and that’s dangerous, you shouldn’t have gotten into the building at all. You could have called the police when you had a suspicion.’
‘I can’t trust the police, was it not the Inspector General Of Police that even led the police team for the illegal operation that night?’ Dave said, taking out his wallet from the back pocket. He took out a sheet of paper from it and a pen from his pocket. ‘Please write down your phone number here sir, I will reach you tonight or tomorrow morning,’ he said, handing the paper and book to the man.
‘No, you write yours.’ Dakolo refused to collect it.
‘Okay,’ Dave quickly scribbled his number on it and gave it to the man. ‘I’ll tell you everything when we see later,’ he said and tried to open the door but it was stuck.
Dakolo stretched forth his hand, leaning slightly on Dave’s body as he tried to help him open the door. The door finally gave way. ‘Sorry Dave, the door malfunctions sometimes.’
‘Alright, thank you sir.’ Dave said and stepped out.
‘Okay and do make sure you don’t play pranks,’ Dakolo said in a warning tone.
‘I hear you sir,’ Dave saluted and began to walk away.
He searched his body for the tracker which Dakolo had placed on him as he approached the gate and glanced at the device before flinging it away. A smile appeared on his face as he wondered what kind of world police officials were still living in. The tracker Dakolo had placed on him was too big compared to the one he was used to and could never be placed on a trained personnel like him without the person finding out, he wondered what Dakolo was still doing with that kind of ancient device. However, he praised the man in his mind for being able to bring out the tracker in the same car without him seeing it and also for the stuck door strategy.
‘Lizzy, what’s the address?’ he said into the phone as he walked out through the gate.
He hastened his steps to the road so as to find a cab and leave the place before Dakolo would discover that the tracker had been removed.
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Rex sat in the passengers’ side of the car tiredly with his back and head rested and his phone close to his ear. Stainless was driving the car with full concentration.
‘Chief Elvis, I couldn’t answer your calls when you called. What did you want to tell me?’
‘Rex, I wanted to ask you how far with the job? Have you found her again?’
‘No, I’ve not.’
‘How soon would you find her? Please do not hesitate to kill her immediately you do,’ the man said.
‘Listen man, the truth is she’s nowhere to be found right now. She’s moved from her previous base and it might be difficult to locate her again.’
‘Rex, what if I increase your current pay by two hundred percent?’
‘It wouldn’t increase our chances of finding her,’ Rex replied almost immediately, like he was expecting the question.
The man sighed. ‘So what can we do?’
‘Nothing. The only thing that can increase our chances of finding things to link to her is if she increases in her efforts and attempts to kill you.’
There was a long silence from the other end after Rex’s statement and he could tell that he had caused great fear for the man.
‘Rex, you need to do everything to protect my life. I will pay you whatever you ask for,’ the man said in a shaky voice, proving the fact that he was greatly afraid.
‘I hear you man, I’ll call you later for more talks.’ Rex replied and hung up immediately.
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__20 minutes later__
‘He’s been static for a long while, he just began to move again.’ Lizzy said to Dave who was now at the driver’s side of the car and driving while she sat at the right front seat holding and using her device to monitor the tracker placed on Cole.
‘Maybe he’s not gotten to their base yet,’ Dave replied her. ‘But it’s evening already, I believe he should be heading home soon, at least they should need the foodstuffs to cook by now.’
‘Yea, I think so too.’
‘So don’t you think the EasyShoppers would find out and warn Samantha about us so soon.’
‘Their delivery men may be too ashamed to say anything because they really did not know what happened. But even if they gather enough courage to talk, the tracker should have led us to Samantha’s location by then.’
‘Nice one,’ Dave smiled. ‘At least we know the type of car they’ve got and the details and you also confirmed the guy’s identity.’
‘Yea.’
There was silence for about ten minutes.
‘It has been static again for over seven minutes now,’ Lizzy said to Dave.
‘He could just have gotten home.’
‘Yea, this location looks sure like it.’
‘Read out the address, let’s go for them baby!’ Dave said as he increased the speed of the car.
Chapter 9 part 6
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Dakolo hissed and muttered a curse word under his breath as he discovered that the tracker he placed on Dave’s body had been dropped just outside the gate. He turned off his car engine and refreshed the app running on his phone again, to see if it will bring a different result but it didn’t not. The map still displayed exactly the same location. He wondered how Dave had discovered the stuff so easily, he looked too young to have so much experience in journalism.
He hissed and shook his head before starting the car engine, having it in mind to stop and search for his tracker at the gate where Dave had left it.
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‘We’re closer now,’ Lizzy said in an unsure tone, taking glances at her device’s screen and then outside to the buildings as they passed.
‘This place isn’t a residential area,’ Dave commented, also looking out with an eye through the window and also trying to focus on driving.
They continued for three more minutes before Lizzy spoke up. ‘Stop,’ she said suddenly. Dave who already had his indicator on and was driving at the slow lane pulled over beside the drain. ‘I think we are right at the place,’ Lizzy said, looking out through the window to the right side.
There was a magnificent building of a boutique there. The sign board glowed from the impact of the aesthetic lights placed under which turned on automatically at night time. The day was getting dark already, so the lights were bringing out their full beauty and colours.
‘Menista!’ Dave exclaimed, reading the text in the signboard. ‘This is one hell of men’s clothing source, most likely the best place for men to get their clothes of different kinds.’
He reversed the car a bit and turned towards the boutique. He drove to the back of another car and turned off the engine.
‘But could he still be shopping at this time? They’re closing already,’ Lizzy said as she opened the door.
‘He could just be doing the late hour shopping thing,’ Dave said as he got out and closed the door.
Both of them proceeded right into the building, Dave holding Lizzy gently by the hand and helping her navigate as she fixed her eyes on the device’s screen, trying to find the exact point indicated on the tracker app.
‘Good evening sir, what kind of clothes would you like to purchase?’ one of the very busy attendants approached Dave.
‘Ermm…’ Dave itched for a few seconds. Then he took a quick glance at Lizzy’s device and then took a quick look towards the left. ‘I think I’ll like to check out some suits,’ he replied, looking towards the suits section.
‘Sorry sir, but they closed in that section already.’ she replied him.
‘Ermm…’ he collected the phone from Lizzy’s hand. ‘I’ll check the jean jackets then,’ he said, pointing towards the next section to the suits.
‘Okay sir, you can go there quickly. Our official closing hour for all sections is just two minutes from now,’ she said.
‘Thank you,’ Dave said and took a quick glance at the time. It was two minutes to seven. He dragged Lizzy along with him towards the section. ‘I want a jacket I can wear on a dark blue jean,’ he said to the waiting ears of the attendant as they approached.
The attendant allowed them into the place and began to take them through the lined up options of jackets which matched Dave’s request. Dave then requested for a place to try on the cloth, adding that he had a blue jean trouser in Lizzy’s bag which he was going to try it on. The attendant pointed him to direction and he took Lizzy’s bag and the device with him as he went but not without giving Lizzy a signal.
Lizzy used the waiting time to look around the place. The only other female customer she saw was at the kids section and she could tell that the woman was picking clothes for her kids. She looked towards the door and saw that the entrance door had already been closed and many people going out through the exit. Her thoughts drifted to the EasyShoppers office and the agents, she wondered if they would have discovered what happened to them or have reported to their management.
‘Isn’t your friend out yet?’ Lizzy heard a voice behind her and she turned. It was the salesman who attended to them.
‘No, I’ve not seen him yet.’ she replied, shaking her head slightly.
‘It’s ten minutes now since he left to try on the jacket and I can’t find him in there,’ he complained.
‘I’m sure he will be somewhere around,’ Lizzy said, looking around for any trace of him.
‘I need to write my submission for the day already,’ he said to her.
‘Don’t worry, he’ll be here. I remember he said he also wanted to use the toilet. Be rest assured he wouldn’t not leave without paying you,’ she replied.
‘He would dare not, I’ll inform the security now.’ the salesman threatened.
‘No, you don’t have to go that far sir.’ Lizzy pleaded. Not because she was afraid of getting into trouble with the guards but she didn’t just want any issues that will cause them delay. ‘I’m still here, he cannot leave without me.’
‘I’m still gonna alert the security guards though,’ he replied adamantly, making his way out of the section.
‘Well, maybe you don’t have to. Here he is,’ Lizzy said aloud as she sighted Dave coming towards the place with the jacket on.
The man turned back and hissed. He walked back into the section and continued arranging the goods he was arranging while waiting for Dave to meet them.
‘He’s been looking all over for you,’ Lizzy said to Dave as he got to the entrance of the section. She collected her bag from him.
‘I went to use the restroom,’ Dave replied, placing a stern gaze at the salesman. He dipped his hand into his back pocket and took out his wallet from which he removed his debit card.
Dave and Lizzy were on their way out in a few minutes and Lizzy had the time to ask him what he found. Although she was sure he wasn’t able to locate Cole because if he had done, they won’t be on their way out.
‘He visited here and changed his clothes,’ Dave replied her question. ‘I saw the clothes which you put the tracker on, it was well arranged in a bag and kept behind the door in the restroom. The guards said it doesn’t look like the guy’s coming back for it anytime soon. I detached our tracker from the cloth already.’
They climbed down the stairs of the building and proceeded straight to the car. It was after Dave started the car engine that Lizzy spoke again. ‘So what are we doing now?’
‘Take out your tab and check if the location of the car has changed. We’re going after the car. I believe he left the car there only to come have a change of clothes here,’ Dave answered.
‘I believe so too,’ Lizzy said, taking out her device. ‘But do you think he was aware that a tracker was on him?’
‘I’m not really sure about that. I think he should have just removed it if he knew, he didn’t have any need for a complete change of clothes. It’s likely he wanted to disguise with the new set of clothes.’
‘Well…’ Lizzy hummed, releasing a huge mould of breath.
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‘It took you longer than I expected,’ Tarasha said, watching as the guys moved in the foodstuffs into the house from her wheelchair. She tried to roll herself around leisurely but every roll she tried took more energy but produced less movement for her. Henry who would always come to her aid wasn’t looking at her side. Tomi was standing close to her. All of them were in the front yard which also looked exactly the same like the other facility that had been discovered by Rex and Dave.
‘I think the delay was getting the foodstuffs from the easy shopper’s guys, the lady insisted that she had to intimate me about their new terms and conditions before delivering the goods,’ Cole replied without stopping to talk. He carried a half bag of rice on his shoulder into the house while Henry followed behind him with two cartons.
Tarasha’s eyes met with Tomi eyes after the guys had gone in and the latter quickly looked away. Tarasha let out a chuckle and also looked away. She had nothing to say or to do with the girl, at least not yet, except of course her ongoing treatment. She stared at her legs on the wheelchair footer for a couple of seconds, she was feeling better now. Though she was still weak but the very little strength she had gotten and at the pace she did was something she had thought impossible but then forgetting that Cole had also been an assassin for years and would know medical experts who were experienced in treating assassins and criminals alike. But one thing she knew for a certain was that all the strength quickening drugs she was been administered were reducers of lifespan. Most assassins she knew that had been treated often for cases like hers never lived above the age of fifty five. Five years to that, they always begin by feeling pains and inability to move their bodies and then it progresses to a more complicated medical condition which they have to live with until they died which was always not too long after. But this was Tara’s first time of treating such a condition and she hoped that it would be the last; not for the fear of it reducing her days on earth but for her not to ever face a time that she’ll be bedridden and unable to kill people anymore, she preferred to die the easy, which was; having a bullet shot into the middle of her skull or a knife ran through her throat or even a sword sliding through her neck.
She could feel her hands and legs stronger and she was tempted to try to get up to her feet since she was already being able to use her hands. She decided not to complicate issues by trying something dangerous, all she needed to do was wait for a few days and her strength would have fully returned.
Soon, the guys were back to carry the remaining foodstuffs into the house. Both of them picked bags convenient enough for them to carry and both walked back in. Tarasha’s eyes met with Tomi’s again and this time, Tomi fixed her eyes at the entrance where Cole had just walked in.
‘Do you like him?’ Tarasha asked, turning her chair to Tomi.
The question came as a surprise to Tomi. She blinked and quickly looked away from Tarasha’s face. ‘Like him? No, I just have a close business partner relationship with him.’
‘Just a close business partner relationship?’
‘Yes,’ Tomi answered.
‘You’ve forgotten that we caught both of you smooching?’ Tarasha raised her brows.
‘Oh!’ Tomi’s voice was covered by silence. She faced down knowing she had no other argument to make.
‘I’ve not said that you shouldn’t like him or that I was going to penalize you people for smooching but you need to be careful and don’t allow it disturb your job. That could lead to easy and premature death of the both of you.’ Tarasha warned.’ she paused to clear her throat. ‘I’ve warned Cole too,’ she added, having listened and accepted Cole’s explanation earlier that day.
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‘But he cannot be working here,’ Lizzy said to Dave with a frown on her face. Both of them were at the painting house where Cole had gone to repaint the car.
‘I think he came to repaint his car,’ Dave said as he led the way into the place. ‘Where did you place the tracker?’
‘On the plate number,’ Lizzy replied. ‘I attached it because it had exactly the same colour with the plate.’
‘You placed it in a nice position, it shouldn’t be discovered easily.’
‘Good evening gentleman and lady, we’ve closed already for the day. You can check us tomorrow for any of our services you need,’ a short man with a big face cap on his head said to them.
‘We’re from the SSS,’ Dave displayed his identity card to the man immediately, not wanting to waste time since it was dark already. ‘We need to check something right in here,’ he said and pushed the man gently aside. He noticed the shaken attitude of the man but ignored it.
He proceeded on in the place with Lizzy and entered into the section where vehicles were being painted. They both stopped at the entrance and Dave looked around while Lizzy looked into her device. Dave could see men at different angles washing different tools and some their hands and legs. Two other men approached he and Lizzy to ask them what they wanted but the short man who first questioned them answered his colleagues before Dave could speak.
‘What’s the direction?’ Dave asked Lizzy about the location of the tracker placed on the car which she was monitoring on the device.
‘Right there,’ Lizzy pointed to the wall at the left, where there were no cars.
‘There?’ Dave questioned. He moved closer to her and looked into the device to confirm. ‘It’s really there…’ he agreed in low tones. ‘Let’s check.’
Dave knew at once that the tracker on the car was also discovered and had been removed but he decided to still follow the direction shown to them by the application and retrieve the tracker if possible. Lizzy continued to look around at all the cars parked as they walked to the wall, she wanted to see if tracked car was anywhere around. It wasn’t in sight and heart continued to beat fast as they walked on, she feared that all her troubles the whole day might have been in vain. The three men watching them followed slowly behind them.
They soon got to the wall and realized that the tracker was already in a dustbin, a very dirty one. Dave decided not to bother about retrieving the tracker. He asked Lizzy to put back the device into her bag and they both proceeded out of the place to their car, believing beyond every sense of doubt that the trackers were discovered by Samantha’s man.
It wasn’t until they entered into the car that Dave noticed Lizzy’s gloomy face.
‘Lizzy, what’s the matter?’ he asked, taking off his finger from the start button and turning to her.
‘It was all a waste of time,’ she said in a very sad tone.
‘You did your best Lizzy, you tried.’ Dave said as he faced front and released a breath. ‘Remember we are dealing with Samantha Osman, it won’t be that easy to get her.’
‘But I just made a terrible mistake by allowing her know someone who might not be the police is on her tail. The EasyShoppers office must have called to inform them about what happened, that’s why he changed everything and even came to drop his registration plate on a dustbin here.’
‘I think you did a nice job with the EasyShoppers staffs, they couldn’t have reported their stupidity so easily. Trust me, you did a very nice job, I couldn’t have done better than this. Samantha Osman is a just a very cunning woman,’ Dave said and smiled at her. He took her palms and squeezed it in his.
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9:23 pm
Cole took off the shoes and threw them around carelessly in the room, then he sank into the bed tiredly and released a deep breath. Tarasha had declared the next day as a day of rest for all of them and he personally really needed it. After taking the foodstuffs into the house with Henry, he had to test the car in Tarasha’s presence for her to see all it’s features and confirm that he bought the right thing. He felt so tired even though the stress of that day wasn’t up to a sixth of what he goes through on some other days but his feeling at that moment was a result of accumulated tiredness and lack of proper rest for some days.
His mind quickly drifted back to the day’s activities and he remembered Patricia, the EasyShoppers worker. His body shivered again as he could feel her effect just at the thought of her. Maybe she was a goddess of some sort, he thought.
He searched his trouser pocket and brought out two sheets; the only two things he had taken out from the cloth he left at the boutique. The first was the EasyShoppers receipt given to him and the other was Patricia’s mobile number which she had scribbled hastily into the paper for him in case he needed to reach her again.
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‘Thank you,’ Dakolo said into the phone and ended the call. He turned off the screen and dropped the phone on the table. He typed some more commands on his laptop before shutting it down. Then he stood up from the desk and turned towards his bed with a loud yawn. It had been four hours of trying to confirm Dave’s identity and he had been informed by the manager of the Dessert Reporters that Dave James was one of their per time journalists.
He sank into the bed and turned off the light. As he closed his eyes, he made a silent wish in his heart that Dave would agree to work with him and then they can both bring down Samantha Osman.
END OF CHAPTER NINE
April 12, 2031
‘Boss,’ Cole called, looking around to see from which angle of the corridor the response would come from. ‘Boss,’ he called the second time and paused to listen. There was no audible voice anywhere. He began to walk to the exit of the corridor, the soles of his shoes now making noise as they hit the shining tiles. He glanced at the doors at each side of the corridor as he walked, taking time to observe their locks and see if any of them was opened. He got to the end of the corridor without finding any of the six doors leading off the corridor opened. He stared for some seconds at the door right before him which led to another living room in the house. Then he turned back again and looked around for some seconds, adjusting the heavy school bag he had strapped to his back. He wondered if coming to this part of the house wasn’t a waste of time, Tarasha was rarely seen using that area of the house but he just had to look all around because she had asked him to make sure he sees her when he returns from the errand. He took out his phone from his pocket and dialed it again, the call went unanswered just like the previous times he had tried. Just as he returned the phone into his pocket, he began to hear sounds of footsteps coming towards the corridor. He stopped to see who was coming, looking straight from where he was to the other end of the corridor and hoping it was Tarasha.
Soon, a shadow appeared and then Henry surfaced. He stopped and stared at Cole for a while, his eyebrows gathered together as he wondered what Cole was still doing there.
‘Still looking around for her?’ Henry asked, his voice echoed through the empty corridor.
‘Yes, you have any idea where she is?’ Cole replied.
‘Have you gone in there?’ Henry said, pointing to the door behind Cole. He began to walk down the corridor slowly.
‘No, what could she be doing in there?’
‘Go in and check, I think I saw her coming this way after you left.’ Henry said. He stopped and and closed his eyes as if he had just remembered something. ‘Check her inside there,’ he added before turning back and left without uttering any other word to Cole.
Cole turned back to the door reluctantly, wondering what Tarasha could be looking for at the other side. He turned the knob of the door and pushed it slightly. He poked his head in before the rest of his body followed.
It was his third time of getting into this place since they had moved in. The house was one of late Chief Onwuli’s facility which was been taken care of by Chief Nonso and now handed over to them for use by Chief Gab. Though the house was built several years ago, it was properly maintained and had been renovated few years before the present year.
Cole began to hear some familiar sounds as he closed the door and took just two steps in. He paused to listen and determine the direction from where it was coming from.
He traced the sound until he got out of the living room to a corridor which enclosed only four rooms, two at each sides. The door of the first room was opened slightly and as Cole moved closer, he discovered that was where the sound was coming from. He entered in and found only Tarasha in the room, her inhaling and exhaling of breaths louder as she went up and down. Her body flat, suspended above the ground, supported by her palms on the floor and the tip of her toes also touching the ground. She knew of his presence in the room but continued without taking a look at him.
Cole walked in slowly, looking around the room. It was empty except for a plastic chair on which Tarasha’s face towel and her phone laid. He moved closer to Tarasha and began to turn to her front as she was facing the wall behind. He knew she was aware he was around but wanted to announce himself, so that she could attend to him quickly. It worked and Tarasha soon stopped with the push-ups. She got up totally and reached for the towel immediately, she was totally drenched with sweat even though the fan hung to the ceiling was rotating so speedily and releasing much breeze. She began to use the towel to clean her body.
That had been her routine for the more than a week after she was confirmed to be perfectly okay, she had been exercising and brushing up her skills in martial arts and use of guns. It wasn’t a new found zeal though, it was normal for her to exercise everyday but she only felt the need to intensify it and brush up her other skills because of the few weeks of inactivity she had been forced to go through to ensure her full recovery.
Even the whole team was now fully recovered from the stress and trouble of fighting with Rex and rescuing the boss. Except for Tomi who had just joined them and resumed her job as the cook, it had been an holiday for the rest of the team.
‘Why didn’t you wait for me?’ Tarasha asked after she finished wiping her body.
‘You asked me to talk to you immediately I get back.’
‘Okay, so have you got all I asked you to get?’
‘Yes, I did. I got all the gadgets in my bag,’ Cole replied. He unstrapped the bag from his shoulders and dropped it on the ground.
‘What’s up with Base B?’
Base B was the name Tarasha had given to the facility they got into from the underground while Base A was the first one which the enemies knew of.
‘Base B is the same way we left it, everything is untouched.’
‘And Base A?’
‘I passed through about three times like you instructed, there was no physical change I could see from outside and they were no signs outside the place to show that it was being monitored.’
Tarasha moved closer to him and squatted before the bag, she zipped it open to check the contents and closed it back after thirty seconds of viewing. She closed the bag and rose up.
‘Boss, why don’t we move everything from Base B to this place at once, so that we won’t have to do it as something of emergency when the work begins?’ Cole asked, a question that had been troubling his mind.
‘Base B will be our main Base of operation, it is closer to town and is connected to good road networks. This Base would serve as a distraction when the time comes.’ Tarasha replied.
‘How will this place serve as a distraction and to whom?’ Cole asked with a confused look on his face.
‘A distraction to anyone after us. No one will expect that our new base of operation would be closer to the previous one that has been discovered, they are definitely not going to be looking towards that direction. Here will work for us; if it ever gets to be discovered- which will be difficult, the enemies or whosoever discovers it would focus on getting into this place and while that is happening, we can wreck havoc on them from Base B.’
‘Hmm… Sounds cool,’ a brief smile appeared on Cole’s face.
‘We’ll start some work on Monday although it isn’t time for the main jobs yet, I hope you’re ready.’ Tarasha asked jovially. She picked the towel from the chair again and proceeded out of the place without listening to Cole’s reply.
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**NIS Underground Office**
Everything was quiet in the building and it’s environment as it usually is during weekends. The weekdays were always different. Not that any sort of noise was expected during weekdays but it never used to be this quiet, there would always be sounds of people watching footages of crime events and recapping crime scenes from the security cameras data and when there was none of that, there would always be sounds of different fingers on keyboards of different computer systems.
Lizzy was the only one in the open office meant for six people, she had the her ears covered with the ear tips of an headset and the other end of the headset plugged into the CPU of the system on which she was watching a video. She had a pen and a jotter on her table which she used in writing down notable details from the video whenever she saw one.
A side of the office was made of transparent glass walls, so those in the office could see people who passed through the corridor and even speak to them; the glass walls had large spaces between them and the slabs above and that allowed sounds in and out of the place. That was a characteristics of most offices in the NIS Underground except offices of very senior Agents and rooms where top secret operations were planned and monitored from.
Someone could finally be seen walking in the corridor outside the wall of the office, after almost two hours of Lizzy not seeing anyone. She didn’t look up until the she realized the person was coming into the office. She paused the video she was watching and looked towards the transparent door.
‘Hey!’ Dave walked in with a smile.
‘Hi,’ Lizzy replied in the same manner.
‘How are you doing?’ he asked, walking towards her.
‘Fine, as you can see. How about you?’
‘I’m doing fine too.’ Dave pecked her on the left cheek and drew a chair close to sit.
‘What did you come to do this early in the office?’ Lizzy asked, turning back to her system to minimise windows and pause other processes she was running.
‘Early?’ Dave paused to check the time on his wristwatch. He turned it to her, ‘It’s just ten thirty.’
‘I know,’ she replied without taking time to look at the watch he showed her. She continued with the mouse, clicking and dragging. ‘We resume work on Saturdays by three pm, so ten thirty is early.’
‘Well, I came to see you. I’ve been here several times during the week to look for you.’
‘No one told me.’
‘You also didn’t reply my messages.’
‘I’ve been working, my personal phone has not been with me until this morning.’
‘Well, it’s okay. It’s been past a week since we saw each other and I really needed to see you.’
Lizzy paused and turned to Dave, a smile forming on her face. ‘You really came to see me?’ She sounded surprised.
‘Ermm… Yes.’
‘Hmm…’ She gave a broad smile and turned back to the system. ‘When did you start becoming so nice?’
Dave chuckled. ‘I’ve always been nice.’
‘You’ve never been to me.’
‘You would never agree. Well, what’s your schedule for today and tomorrow?’
‘Today and tomorrow? I plan on having enough rest. The person I’m working on is out of town and wouldn’t be back till Tuesday.’
‘Oh! Then, you definitely have enough time to rest.’
‘Yea, before the task continues. You want to take my out?’
‘No…I actually came to see you for something very important,’ Dave began with a serious tone.
‘Hmm…’ Lizzy interrupted. ‘I just knew you have a different mission, you’re not just nice enough to check on me.’
‘I’m sorry Lizzy but I tried to reach you during the week like I earlier explained.’
‘Don’t explain, just talk on what you’re here for.’
‘Okay,’ Dave cleared his throat. ‘See Lizzy, tomorrow would make it exactly three days since the last delivery of the Easy Shoppers to Samantha Osman and I think it’s another opportunity for us to step in…’
‘Us?’ Lizzy frowned.
‘Hmm… Sorry, I know that you’re busy and you’ve got your own work to do also but I just need you to help me. I started this with you already and I don’t know who else to run to,’ Dave pleaded.
‘Well, let’s just thank God that I’m free tomorrow and I’ll be able to help. So what would you have me do for you?’
‘I want us to intercept the delivery of goods like we did the other time,’ Dave said.
Lizzy let out a breath. ‘On a personal review of the last time, I found out that it wasn’t really a smooth operation. We didn’t plan well and we’re only lucky not to have been discovered. But how do we return to them now when they discovered our trackers the last time?’
‘I don’t really think the trackers were discovered. I’ve made a review of our activities the last time. Samantha Osman would have never allowed her man leave the tracker with the clothes at that boutique. And I’ve also visited the vehicle Inspection Office to fetch details about the car using the description and the plate number you gave me, they confirmed that the number was newly registered that day. My further investigation and review with the footages from the security cameras data proves that repainting the car, change of the plate and even the man’s change of the clothes were planned beforehand and wasn’t a result of your meeting with him.’
There was a brief silence.
‘Are you sure you’re not judging based on your instincts?’ Lizzy questioned, squinting at Dave’s face.
‘You know I’m better than that. I watched the guy’s body movements, he never checked his body or his car for the tracker before he drove straight to repaint it.’
‘So you mean Samantha Osman didn’t clear the footages from the database like she usually does?’
‘It wasn’t an operation, so she wasn’t expecting that anybody would be monitoring the guy with the security cameras.’
‘Hmm… That’s true.’
‘I also confirmed the identity of that guy, his name is Cole; he’s the same we saw with the lady at the front of that gate and the same one that came to rescue the lady from the Inspector General.’
‘Okay. But we need a smooth plan for tomorrow, I don’t think we should work like we did the other time.’
‘I have one already,’ Dave said with a smile. ‘I kept on monitoring the calls between the two numbers – the EasyShoppers and Alexander Kimberly – and I’ve been following their conversation. Tomorrow, we will make the EasyShoppers guys come two hours ahead and I will receive the goods on behalf of Cole…’
‘Sorry, but…’ Lizzy interrupted. ‘Do you know if he’s the one coming to get the supply tomorrow?’
‘Yes, I confirmed from the conversation of Alexander Kimberly with Easy Shoppers. And even if he isn’t, we will still do something.’
‘Okay, please go on.’
‘I will receive the supply on behalf of Cole and then you will deliver it to the real Cole.’
‘Sounds nice and with less troubles.’
‘Yeah.’
‘Okay then, I think we’re ready for tomorrow.’ Lizzy said and turned back to her computer.
‘Yes, we are ready. Thank you so much. I’ll be back later to see you,’ Dave said, getting up to his feet.
‘You’re going already,’ Lizzy looked at him, disappointment written all over her face. ‘I thought I was going to have some company in here.’
‘I’ll be back to talk to you, we still have a lot of things to discuss about tomorrow. Right now, I have to meet with Inspector Dakolo, I’ve been avoiding him for sometime.’ Dave explained.
‘Alright, see you later.’
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The loud roars of laughter announced the presence of visitors in the house to James. He hoped that they were not discussing an issue that’ll be of concern to him because he didn’t want to stay there for long. He began to hear voices as he got closer to the living room and the speed of his walking reduced, he didn’t wish to meet the person whose voice he heard last. He finally got to the living room and met the Inspector General seated with the Vice President , The Lagos State commissioner of Police, Agent Tim and the Chairman of the NIS and they were discussing about the new generation of Police and security officers. The men stopped and all turned to him as he approached.
‘Talk about the police officer himself,’ the Vice President hailed James.
‘Good morning your excellency, good morning sirs,’ James bowed in respect to the older men.
‘Good morning Agent James, please have your seat.’ Chief Rikau replied, pointing him to an empty sofa adjacent to his. ‘What drink would you like to take?’ the man offered
‘Ermm… Any soft drink would be okay,’ James replied. He would have loved to refuse but he thought it might be disrespectful for him to since all the other men in the room had drinks in front of them.
It was the Inspector General’s house and he had just been discharged from the hospital after twenty nine days. His colleagues and friends were coming to pay him complimentary visits and James had also come, not knowing that he would meet the set of people there at that time. He knew the Inspector General must have announced his coming because he had called earlier and must have also instructed the guards to allow him in because they wouldn’t allow just anyone in when the Vice President was present.
James had no choice than to join in the conversation and stay longer than he expected, his eyes occasionally meeting with that of Agent Tim who he had been avoiding. He had suspected that Agent Tim had been sidelining him ever since the Inspector General was shot, he knew that the purpose was to hide the truth, so he also decided to continue his own investigation without the Agent knowing about his activities.
The jovial discussion continued for several more minutes and the Inspector General was active involved in it. One thing James was able to get out of the whole thing, even though not expressly stated was that the Inspector General’s woes was self inflicted.
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‘Yes, come in.’ Cole replied in response to the knock at the door of his room. The door opened and Tomi came in.
‘Cole, the boss asked me to remind you about the supply from the EasyShoppers we’re supposed to receive tomorrow.’ she said as she walked in.
Cole’s eyes scanned her body from her head to toe without giving an immediate reply. Tomi was on a short skirt and a singlet. He was sure she wasn’t dressed like that when she got the instruction to come and meet him from the boss because anytime she wanted to come into his room, she made sure she was dressed in a way she could arouse his interest in her. Cole couldn’t count how many times he had slept with her during the thirty days break but she never got tired and was always coming back even when he pushed her away. Cole was however happy about the house in which they now lived, it had enough rooms for everyone and he didn’t have to share one with her.
‘Do those guys deliver on Sundays?’ Cole asked, looking back to his laptop.
‘Yes, they make deliveries everyday.’
‘Okay, I’ll get it from them.’ Cole said without looking at her. There was no reply from her but Cole could see her coming closer to him. ‘I’m doing an assignment from the boss,’ Cole said to stop her from coming closer.
‘Huh…’ she grunted. ‘For the past one week, you’ve been having assignments from the boss and doing it in your room. I thought you were supposed to do them in the computer room.’
’No, she asked me to do this here. Please Tomi, don’t distract me, we can always see later.’ Cole said.
He didn’t look at her but could hear her hiss and mumble some words. Soon he heard the loud bang of the door. He heaved a sigh and relaxed back into his seat. He placed a look at the door and shook his head. Tomi had become a prostitute without knowing, he thought. She wanted s*x everyday and was never tired. Maybe she was used to it as it was her normal routine when she worked with Don and so she must be feeling very uncomfortable having gone one week without it. However, she never did it with anyone without protection, she always had hers on even if the man does not, maybe that was a proof of her difference as a nurse.
Cole’s mind drifted to the EasyShoppers delivery he was to receive the next day and Patricia’s picture flashed through his mind again. He still had the sheet of paper where she wrote her phone number hidden somewhere and he had fought every temptation to call her during the last thirty days, not for the fear of anything but for not wanting to have anything serious with any girl until after they had completed their mission with Tarasha.
Part of him wished that she would be the one to deliver the goods this time again and the other part of him that didn’t want distractions wished she wouldn’t. He was sure that he wouldn’t be able to resist asking her out if and when they ever met again. Memories of her had been tormenting to him during the last twenty nine days and he felt like he was about to lose someone so special and that he really needed to act quick. But anytime he tried to reach for her number he remembered what could happen to him if he ever got distracted or how her life could be in danger by her association with him. He was confused about the whole issue but one thing he was sure of was that he could never resist the effect she had on him.
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Part 2
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‘And are you sure of all these things you’re saying?’ Dakolo questioned.
‘Yes, I am. I’ve been following this for sometime now and I’ve been trailing the police officers in charge themselves. So I get to know what’s happening and don’t depend on what the officers say like other journalists do.’ Dave replied.
‘But that is dangerous, hope you know?’
‘Yes, I do know it is dangerous but I tread carefully. I followed you for months while you were in charge of the case and you never discovered me,’ Dave said with a smile.
Dakolo narrowed his look at Dave’s face, shaking his head slowly. ‘How do I believe that you did follow me? I couldn’t have been so careless not to noticed anything.’
‘Well, I’ve been following you and I can tell you some of your activities. I even know about the meeting you had with the Vice President and some other top security officers on Samantha Osman.’
‘Oh! Do you also know what we discussed there?’
‘No, I don’t know that. It was a closed door meeting,’ Dave lied even though he knew all the details of their discussion and that his involvement in the case began as a result of that meeting.
Dakolo frowned and stared blankly at the wall. ‘That day we discussed about Samantha Osman and how she could cause more harm to our security and even our economy as she would scare of investors. And we also contemplated on getting an undercover that day, I don’t know if there has been anyone yet, or do you know if there’s an undercover working on this case?’ the man stopped, expecting a reply to his question.
‘Undercover?’ Dave repeated, looking somehow startled. Dakolo nodded in response. ‘No, I don’t know. I mean if I know about the undercover, it means he or she is not doing his job well.’ Dave answered. He knew if there was anyone that was supposed to work as an undercover in the case, it was himself and that was one of the major instructions he was given when the case was delivered to his team and he was appointed to handle it. But then, it starts with first knowing the criminal organization before acting as an undercover and if things would work out as planned, Lizzy would be the one playing the role.
‘Well, that’s true.’ There was a long silence and then Dakolo got up. ‘I’m committed to seeing the end of Samantha Osman, I don’t just care whether the case has been taken from me or not.’
‘But it could earn you a query and could even lead to a dismissal from the force,’ Dave warned.
‘I really don’t care as far as I see Samantha Osman go down the drain first.’
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Tarasha wiped off the table neatly and arranged the books back on them, putting the heavier ones down and the lighter ones on top. The late Nasiru Attahiru’s book was second in the arrangement and her mother’s diary was third. She had read the former several times and had even sourced for more information from different places to confirm what she read in the book. Now she knew all about the notorious group that was led by the Vice President and how they operated in their days. It had also brought to her knowledge more secrets of the Vice President and Inspector General which she could use to plan against them and bring them down but she didn’t have proofs to any allegations she could make against them. However, she had located several areas and places where the proofs could be present and she had taken opportunity of the last twenty nine days to map out how she would gain access to these places, look for the evidences and also keep them with her. She had done her planning and strategizing in very convenient ways that enabled her to relax well for her quick recovery and also made the job less tedious. For example, she had used the street and road maps data into making computer and mobile applications and games and whenever she played these games, she mastered the roads and buildings, getting used to fast escape routes and short cuts which will be needed when the main operation starts.
One thing she had not been able to look into was her mum’s diary. She didn’t really believe there would be so much information about the notorious group in the diary as the group operates secretly, even without their families knowing about them. Tarasha believed the diary would contain more of her mum’s happy moments – she had always known her mum to be a happy woman – and less than one percent of what she needed for her operations but she still intended to search for and read her mum’s account of their treatment by the notorious group.
Her phone beeped on the table and she picked it up to check the notification. She had gotten an email from an unnamed city in Russia. It was an email she was expecting because she had sent a message first.
More strategies and ideas had been coming to her each day on how she could kill her remaining targets without necessarily having to fight with Rex again. The recovery process of the past days had not been able to take off her mind the torture she experienced from Rex even though her body was stronger and the wound – her weak point – which Rex used in defeating her that day was also healing fast. The thought of facing Rex or another surprise like him again was the major reason she had decided for her body to be healed completely before going for any major operations that would involve a gun war or a combat. She was sure Rex knew a lot about her already while she knew none about him except that he was sent by the Vice President and the Inspector General. Her fight with him had been the toughest since she finished her training at the Nefary Clan and began to work for them. Not that she had not met or fought with men who were stronger than Rex before, but it wasn’t just about the strength, there are tactics involved for every fight and she always had it better than those strong men. Her specialty in the use of her hands and calculation of the body movement of her enemy was always her weapon used in defeating anyone she faced. But Rex was totally different, she was totally unable to calculate him except for a few attacks he made which she dodged. But that was a normal part of any fight, Rex also dodged some of her moves, except it was a fight against an inexperienced or weak person, it was always expected that each fighter dodges some casual moves.
There was something about Rex which she also had but thought he could be better at than her, it was his intelligence in calculating his enemy’s movement. He was even able to detect her weak point early that day and had wasted no time but focused on it and decapacitated her. She would have been long dead if not for the Vice President’s instructions that she be brought to him alive. And that was what she was desperate to do before getting her main operation started again, ensuring that there was no loophole or weak point that the enemy could use.
She clicked open the email and scrolled up to read her own message which started the conversation. It was sent to the email address 47tarasha@nefary.org . It read;
‘Good day Queen
I’m in a certain African country right now on a contract and I had an encounter with a strange man called Rex. His composure is exactly like that of one of us and he carries a sign on his mask. It’s a sign that I can’t really explain but that has been seen several times on Lord Nefary’s board. I hope you are in Russia, I need you to visit the clan and check for the names of other assassins in Africa right now.’
The reply was sent to 34tarasha@nefary.org twenty one days after the initial message. It read;
‘Hello Tarasha
I received your message and I acted as soon as I could. I visited the clan and after searching, only your ID was on record for assassins in Africa.
I believe a picture of description of the sign you saw would be helpful. As you know, different signs are added to Lord Nefary’s board from time to time.’
Tarasha placed her fingers on the keyboard and began to type her reply immediately.
‘I do need you to make another visit. The sign on the mask had a animal’s face embedded in it, that’s the only description I can give except I see it again.
And also check for any missing Zonal or Regional Lord or any of them that has been transferred recently. Do get back to me as soon as you can.’
She clicked on the send button after checking through her typed message for errors and dropped the phone on the table.
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**April 13, 2017**
2.03pm
Cole could spot the EasyShoppers van waiting for him in the park they met the last time. He drove into the place and parked just beside the van. He could see the hair a lady seated at the driver’s side of the van, she was looking towards the other side. As he turned off the car engine, he wondered if it could be Patricia again because he didn’t expect that the EasyShoppers company would have a lot of ladies involved in driving their delivery vans.
He opened the door and got out of the car still looking at the lady seated in the car. She turned at that moment and their eyes locked. Cole froze on the spot, he could feel currents flowing down from his head to toe. Patricia opened the door and stepped out of the van. She turned to his car and stopped at his front. Both stood still, looking into each other’s eyes for almost a minute.
‘Good afternoon sir,’ she finally broke the silence. ‘I believe we will go straight to transferring the goods this afternoon since there’s nothing I’ve been instructed to inform you.’
‘Good afternoon,’ Cole greeted and closed the door which he hadn’t closed when he saw her face. His body shivered as he watched her walk to back of the van. She wasn’t putting on the EasyShoppers uniform as the day wasn’t a workday. Instead she was putting on a crop top and a black trousers which she looked more like a leggings displaying her full features and hiding nothing of her body shape. He was getting aroused as he watched her backside dance up and down as she moved. He cursed under his breath and wondered what she was doing with that kind of clothes, he considered it inappropriate for the job and began to doubt the EasyShoppers’ professionalism even though he didn’t doubt Patricia’s s*xiness and heavy endowment. Surprising to him most was the EasyShoppers logo he saw at the back of the crop top she was putting on, it only meant that the cloth was giving to her by the company which would also mean that they encouraged their female workers to use the sex appeal with male customers. He wondered however how that had to do with their job and began to have suspicions. He stood still for a moment, thinking about what could be happening. Then he took out his phone and dialed the EasyShoppers’ office number he had.
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‘Omotara,’ Tarasha blinked and turned as she heard the call of her name. She knew Henry had entered the room and was behind her all along but decided not to give him attention, thinking he will leave when he sees her busy so as not to get distracted from her thoughts.
‘Yea, Henry.’ she replied him with a smile.
He squinted his eyes at her as he moved closer. ‘You don’t look happy, what are you thinking about?’
‘Nothing, I have no worries.’ she replied him.
‘But it shows on your face, you didn’t know when I entered.’
Tarasha smiled. ‘Of course I knew when you entered. I wouldn’t have missed that in my deepest sleep.’
‘Oh!’ he paused and sat on the bed facing her. She turned her chair from the table to him and shifted it that they both sat directly opposite each other. ‘So what was on your mind? Don’t tell me there is nothing.’
Tarasha drew in a breath. ‘Nothing really, nothing different from what I’ve been brooding upon these days.’
‘And what’s that?’
Tarasha paused for a while and rested her back against the backrest of the chair. She folded her arms and stared at his for a while. He now looked more handsome and relaxed, the few weeks rest had helped cure the impact the stress was having on him. It made her remember how he looked when he was in prison and how he refused to let out information about her and also how he convinced her that day to turn away from assassination with the selfless sacrifice he was ready to make for her. She also remembered the taste of his lips and gentleness with which he handled her and of course, his inexperience in handling women. Another memory of him she had was his demeanor on the day he had to bath her. She didn’t know when she let out a loud laugh.
‘Hey! What’s so funny on my face?’ Henry asked with a smile, rubbing his palms on his face as he wondered what was so amusing to her.
‘I was thinking about us when you entered,’ Tarasha lied to change the tone of the conversation. She was finally glad she gave him a chance to speak with her as his presence seemed to have eased her mind after the message she got from her fellow assassin. They never had the opportunity to sit and talk during the last thirty days as Tarasha always had her door locked when she was in except meal times or time to use her drugs or give out instructions to her workers. She had also spent a lot of time with everyone else in the living room, having jovial chats and on about four occasions playing video games with Henry in the presence of the two others but this was their first time of being alone to talk.
‘But what were you thinking about before I entered?’ Henry asked.
‘Nothing, I just finished arranging my books and cleaning the room.’
‘Hmm… I see,’ Henry replied and took in a breath again.
There was silence for the next couple of seconds as both stared at each other without having words to utter. Tarasha began to smile at him again.
‘Now, you have to tell me what’s amusing you on my face today.’ Henry said as she laughed briefly again.
‘You are amusing,’ she said. ‘Sometimes, you look like a ten year old kid to me.’
Henry’s eyebrows gathered as he watched her talk and he frowned at her in a playful manner, though he felt a bit embarrassed.
‘Thank God, I’m not ten year old.’ he said. ‘I’m sure I’m older than you.’
‘Oh!’ Tarasha shone her eyes widely. ‘You must be a very old man to be older than I am,’ she joked.
Both of them laughed briefly and there was a brief silence again.
‘Come to think of it Tara, I really do not know your age.’ Henry said thoughtfully.
‘Oh! You want to know?’
Henry made a ridiculous face at her.
‘I’m sixteen years old,’ she said.
Henry chuckled and shook his head. He hadn’t expected that she would answer him but he felt it funny that she could tell him she was a teenager. ‘Why do girls always like to hide their age?’
‘Girls love to hide their ages?’ Tarasha asked in a surprise tone. ‘Well, I’m not hiding mine.’ she said and then a frown appeared on her face as a thought popped up in her mind.
‘Yea, I’m sure you’re not hiding it. Sixteen must be your football age,’ Henry joked.
‘What’s football age?’ she asked him, with the frown still on her face. She wasn’t lying, sixteen was the age she knew. It was the age recorded for her in the Nefary Clan. She had lost count of her age during her years in the Nefary clan as there was no count of days nor years there. She only remembered that she was celebrating her birthday on the day her parents were killed but couldn’t remember what year it was. The Nefary Clan also made it difficult for the assassins to calculate their exact ages as they never started counting from the day the abducted kids were brought into the clan but from the day they had fully gone through a series of tests which certified that they should be trained as assassins and this series of tests varied from one to five years for different kids. This age confusion was one of the strategies the Nefary Clan used to keep their assassins in bondage and also make them unable to create links to their pasts. And that was the reason for Tarasha’s frown, she realized that she didn’t know her real age. It had never occurred to her and wouldn’t have if she was working like the assassin she was meant to be and not having anything personal with Henry. She had been asked several times of her age by people she had come in contact with and had also written different ages in documents she had submitted in different organizations but this was the only time she was asked and needed to say the real age.
‘You don’t know football age?’ Henry shook his head at her. ‘Well, never mind.’
A brief silence ensued again with Henry staring at her face while she stared blankly at the wall behind.
‘Is there any problem Tara?’ Henry asked, after watching the frown on her face for a while.
‘Nothing,’ she said and forced a smile, trying to brighten up again.
‘You sure? You’ve been keeping a sad face since I asked you about your age.’
She tried to smile again. ‘Nothing, only a bad memory.’
‘Oh! I’m sorry I made you remember something bad.’
‘No, it’s not your fault.’ she said smiling and shaking her head. She closed her eyes and took a breath in. Then she opened her eyes and looked back to the table behind. Her eyes went straight to her mum’s diary, that was the only place she knew she could find her real age. Now, she had another reason to read the diary. She decided that moment to set aside a day to go through it from the front to the back page.
She turned and looked at Henry’s face again, he was staring intently at her.
‘So what about the games I sent to your device, have you been playing them?’ she asked.
‘Hmm…’ he pouted. ‘I’ve been playing two of them, I think you sent me three, or are they four?’
‘Just three. Which two have you been playing?’
‘Ermm… The one I love most is the one named Ajuba, I hope I got the name correctly. ‘ he paused to confirm and she nodded in affirmation. ‘I love racing games naturally but the reason I take interest in Ajuba is because the roads are so similar to some of the road networks in Abuja, where did you get the game from?’
‘Well, I’ll tell you that now but let me know the second one you’ve been playing.’
‘The second is the climbing game, truth is I don’t really enjoy that. And I’ve only played the third one once, I didn’t really get it and I left it when I got confused.’
‘Well, you don’t have to enjoy the games, you just have to play them, I sent them all to your device for a reason even though I know you’ll also catch fun with them.’ she began to explain. ‘The games were created by me…’
‘I know,’ Henry cut in.
She chuckled. ‘The first one was patterned using the Abuja street and road maps. The reason for the design is for us all to learn and master the road networks for easy driving and escape when necessary. The second game which involves climbing is for you to master buildings of different storeys and heights and how to climb up and done using ropes and the window frames when necessary. The third game that got you confused is designed to make you master the use of weapons. All these masterings only works mentally but it’ll make it easier for you to learn when you face the real world.’
The smile on Henry’s face had completely vanished by the time she finished explaining. The thought of them having enemies again brought sadness to his heart. He wished that their days of peace and calmness would just continue without having to go back to fighting Rex, the Inspector General or any other enemy.
‘But Tara, do we really need to go and fight these people? They don’t know where we are right now, why can’t we just live as new people and forget them.’
‘Live as new people?’ Tarasha blinked and shook her head. ‘That can’t happen until all these enemies are dead. Have you forgotten that you’ve been declared wanted?’
Henry heaved a sigh of frustration. ‘But we can just run away, leave this place or leave the country completely.’
‘No, we will not do that. Never!’

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