‘Nicholas, speak up, what’s happening?’ Cole said into the phone. He was sitting in the stationary car, waiting for Tarasha’s command when he got the call.
He still couldn’t hear anything in reply. He took the phone off his ear and stared at the screen for a second. ‘Hey Nicholas,’ he spoke and still didn’t get a reply. He cut the call and then redialed Nicholas’ number. It was not answered. He began to wonder if Nicholas had dialled his number by mistake or if there was something wrong which Nicholas was trying to get his attention to.
He picked his tablet device from the backseat and placed it on his lap. He unlocked and quickly opened the NSCC application. He typed in the address of the base into the dialog box and clicked on search camera points. It completed the search in a minute and showed more than ten points of cameras present in the street and the ones capturing routes leading into the street.
He began to select the points one after the other. He realized that there was indeed trouble when all the points couldn’t fetch the steam in real time, only the past hour footages were available.
He checked the time. He was yet to get any instruction from Tarasha yet and had not been able to reach her. He needed to make a decision between waiting for Tarasha’s instruction and going to the base to see what was wrong.
He remembered that Henry was with Tarasha, he decided to reach Henry to get the update he needed and also update Henry on what was happening.
Henry kept going back and forth, not knowing what to do. The train had continued moving again and a lot of people had gone back to their seats while very few were still arguing that the sound they heard in the train was a gunshot. One of the men argued that he heard a man from the VIP section saying the gun was shot in his room.
He found an empty seat and settled on it. He opened his Google map to show the current location of the train, then he checked the previous location (where it had stopped for several minutes before moving again). He zoomed the map and checked the routes connected to it’s previous stationary location. He located all the routes possible for Elvis Richards to have escaped through when the train stopped.
He was about dialing Cole’s number when the call from Cole came in. He answered immediately.
‘Henry, I tried to use my Talkon to connect to the boss but it’s not working,’ Cole’s voice came through.
‘I think she’s very busy in a scuffle with Rex, I’m about going to locate where they are but the Vice President has escaped from the train and I need you to check through the possible routes he might have taken.’
‘Escape? How did he?’
‘The train stopped for some minutes and began to move again, he must have dropped them.’
‘Have you searched everywhere for him, he must have been hidden somewhere by Rex and it might be difficult for you to recognize him because he would be disguised.’
‘I didn’t search everywhere but I confirmed through the cameras and scanners at the entrance of the train that he left already and he was disguised truly.’
‘That’s crazy, but I won’t be able to go after him. I think Nicholas has some trouble moving Madam Henrietta and the Doctor from the base, the NSCC cameras have also been strangely disconnected, I can’t get the live streams.’
‘What? You have to go check them right away,’ Henry said.
‘Yeah, please tell the boss in case.’
After the call with Cole ended, Henry got more interested in finding out how Elvis Richards could have gone out of the train. He didn’t know whether to accept that it was pre planned or if it was planned on the train. He opened his NSCC application on his tablet but as it loaded, another thought came to his mind and he switched to his newly designed application.
He opened the archives of the Vice President’s contact and saw that the man had made a couple of new phone calls, he believed he could get information about the man’s movement from it.
He played the recorded audio of the man’s last call first, it was a received call done five minutes ago.
‘Sir, we’ve just located the place and we’re getting them all out.’
‘Good work boy, I’ll get the message to Rex as soon as he contacts me.’ Elvis Richards voice sounded in reply. ‘Make sure you keep me updated and don’t make any mistakes.’
Henry took a pause after listening to the last phone call. He pondered on every word spoken by both ends. His assumption was that the place located had to be their operation base and his support for the assumption was the call he had just received from Cole. Elvis Richards’ promise of getting the information to Rex also proved that Elvis Richards was not in the same place with Rex.
He exited the folder containing the recorded audios and switched to check the details of the call. He traced the calls to the location they were made him from and that helped him confirm that the man had gone off the train and was in a vehicle driving him to a different location.
He returned to the folder of recorded audios again and played the call before the last one.
‘Good afternoon sir,’ a voice sounded from the other side.
‘Agent Tim, what can I do for you please?’
‘The police has gotten information about your train movement and the inspector general has ordered for your train to be stopped.’
‘What train? I’m not on a train.’
‘Uhn, well, I thought I should tell you in case because the police has been told where the train would halt and we’re coming there’
‘Thank you, Agent Tim.’
Henry took a moment to think again. He wondered if it was the stop that had already taken place that the Agent was telling the Vice President about or another. He didn’t see any police officer come on board when the train stopped, so it got him more confused. He went ahead to play previous recorded audio.
‘James, how are you?’
‘Father, I’m alright. I’ve been worried about you,’ the call receiver replied.
‘Son, I’m glad we brought in Rex to this plan. He’s got amazing foreknowledge of almost everything. We got attacked by Samantha Osman on the train.’
‘What the heck! So where are you now?’ James sounded worried.
‘I’m no longer in the train, he made plans though Stainless with the train driver, they stopped at a pre planned location for me to get down and I’m in a vehicle with one of his men.’
‘And where are they taking you to?’
‘I don’t know but I trust his judgement.’
‘I’ve tried to reach him severally but he never answers,’ James said.
‘I think he’s being careful of giving out his plans. Our information is leaking from someone and somewhere, that’s how Samantha got to now we planned to leave the house and use a train. So he keeps most to himself.’
‘I understand, please keep me updated.’
‘You also try as much as you can not to trust anybody with this information.’
Everybody in the coach had their attention turned to the back as the door was crashed open by a lady. She landed with her backside on the ground in the aisle and amidst the broken parts of the.
Rex kicked the leftover of the door which had flipped back as he entered. He charged towards Tarasha immediately and bent to drag up forcefully. She grabbed his wrist as he tried to hold her neck and sent a kick to his chest but he grabbed her foot. He rolled his hand which she had caught and grabbed her wrist, changing the position. In a twinkle of an eye, he pulled her up and flung her roughly to the seat by the side.
One of the men sitting there was able to get up before she landed but she crashed into the other’s body as he stood to leave. He fell back into the seat and hit his head against the window, saving her from doing the same.
Rex charged towards her immediately and tried to push her kick into her belly but she stopped him with her two hands and grabbed his feet firmly as she struggled to get up immediately. She held on to his leg firmly even as he tried to take his leg from get, she took two steps forward giving the man she fell upon space to step up and jump over the seat to a safe place. Other people sitting close to their fighting area had also gotten up and moved away.
Rex was finally able to release his leg from her from her grip and quickly threw another kick with the other leg but she punched away his feet making him hit his body against the seats in front.
He got up almost immediately as she jumped onto the seat to move away, he launched a quick blow and she dodged it easily. She sent him a kick on his chest and he started staggered back and almost fell but for the chairs behind which held his waist back. Before he could recover, she leaped and landed her feet on his chest, making him topple over to the front top of the seat. He rolled to the ground and quickly tried to get up on his feet amidst the intense pain he was feeling. He felt so foolish for allowing her get him with that move.
She had already gotten to his front before he could stand fully, and as he tried to raise his head, a heavy kick hit his chest slamming his back to the wall. He was yet to raise his head still when the rains of blow to his face and belly continued. He fell to his knees weakly. She stamped her feet on his back, close to his neck and he fell face forward. He tried to hold on to her but she wriggled off her feet and kicked him on the shoulder. She dragged him by the hand and pulled him out to the aisle.
At that point, Tarasha began to hear some sounds being made by the train and sensed that it was about to stop again, she got a bit distracted.
He allowed her pulled him but immediately she took her hands off to make another move, he rolled away and tried to get on his feet. She was however fast to see his move and quickly followed after him. He had just placed a feet on the ground when she kicked him on his shoulder sending him landing on the ground with his buttocks. He tried to get up immediately, ignoring the pains he felt but she sent another kick to his other shoulder. He fell back and made another trial to get up immediately, she launched another kick which hit his chest and he held onto her leg even as he fell back, dragging her with him and making her unbalanced.
Immediately he saw her stagger, he took the opportunity and swept her other feet off the ground with his leg.
She lost control and fell backwards but quickly turned and landed with her palms facing the floor. They managed to get up at the same time. Tarasha seeing that get wasn’t standing so strongly decided to take the opportunity and rushed to him with a kick, but he was expecting she would take the move and endured the pain he was feeling. He swerved and dodged her kick, in twinkling of an eye, leaped up and rolled in the air, he sent a kick to the side of her lips making her fall to the ground and almost hit the side of her head against the chair. He rose up quickly again and pulled her up by the neck, he turned her face to himself and punched her hard , she staggered back and he followed immediately with another punch.
‘Hey Stop!’ they suddenly heard a voice that distracted them and Rex stopped to look at the man who had come out of the crowd with a gun. He took two steps back and slowly raised his hand, Tarasha also took some steps back before turning to see what Rex was stepping back from.
‘Henry, stay out of this. Just go look for Elvis Richards on this train,’ Tarasha said to him. By this time, the train had totally stopped.
‘Get off the way Tara and let me shoot dead the idiot at once,’ Henry said in reply. He had entered into the coach at the time Rex had the upper hand and he had felt so mad watching him deal blows on Tarasha’s face.
‘Leave that for me, go look for Elvis Richards,’ Tarasha replied, changing her stand to a position she could clearly see Rex and Henry easily. Rex still had his hand raised up in the air and was moving back very slowly.
‘Elvis Richards is not on this train, he’s gotten out.’ Henry argued.
‘He’s on the train, he has been disguised remember.’ Tarasha retorted.
‘No Tara, he got off the train when it stopped the other time. He’s made some calls in a different location from the train, I monitored it with my app.’
The look on Tarasha’s eyes changed, she flashed a quick glance at Rex and met a smirk on his face. She looked at Henry again.
‘You’ve got to get out now also…’ Henry stopped to fire a quick shot as he saw Rex trying to escape but missed largely. Rex had gotten out through the back door already.
‘Hey Tara, there’s an attack at the base,’ Henry shouted aloud, seeing as Tarasha pulled out a gun and wanted to follow after Rex.
She halted as she got to the door and turned sharply. She gave Henry a sharp look, demanding an explanation.
‘I got a call from Cole some minutes ago, there are no streams from the NSCC cameras in the base area and it seems the location has been gotten by Elvis Richard’s men.’ Henry replied, walking towards Tarasha in quick steps.
‘But I asked Nicholas to move them to a new place already,’ Tarasha replied.
‘I don’t think they moved before they were attacked,’ Henry replied.
Tarasha’s heartbeat increased drastically as she remembered that she left her mother and Chief Gab in the base.
‘And you think something could have happened to them?’ she spoke up again after a moment of looking lost in her standing position.
‘I don’t know, it’s why we’ve got to leave this train right away, before it gets late.’ Henry replied.
Tarasha sniffed in and shook her head, she decided to believe that nothing had happened back at the base. The only way something could have happened was if someone (either Cole or Victor) had given out the team. But it wasn’t time to ask any more questions.
‘Let’s get out of here,’ she said to Henry and raised up her gun as she walked in the same direction taken by Rex. She stopped at the entrance and looked left and right to ensure that Rex wasn’t lurking around somewhere.
‘How do we get out of this location?’ Henry asked as he looked out of the train. They were in a village where they saw no car or bikes to snatch.
‘This village has got to have a link to the main road, we’d get there first and get a car to leave.’ Tarasha replied him.
Henry’s eyes widened. ‘We need to get off quickly, the police would try to come here through the main route.’
Elvis Richards still sitting in his disguised form at the backseat of the vehicle, did not know where the vehicle was headed for but remained mute and untroubled. The only thing he knew about the menAll that kept him going in the vehicle without complaining was his trust that Rex had a good plan.
He was dozing off when his phone rang and disturbed his sleep, he picked it up and was surprised to see who the caller was. It was Rex. He felt some joy inside him. Rex had told him that he was not going to call or speak to him until after he made sure Tarasha was dead.
‘Hey Rex, I’m sure you’ve finally killed her.’
‘No man, d–n it. Your calls are being monitored, they’re tracking us and getting all of our moves through your phone call. It’s dragging us back.’
‘But how is that possible?’ Elvis Richards asked.
‘I’m sure they built an app that has the capacity to grab your voice and that of your callers and store them. They can’t grab mine because of the security locks on my network.’
‘That’s strange,’ Elvis Richards heaved a sigh. ‘But is Samantha Osman dead?’
‘She isn’t dead,’ he replied, mentioning his words slowly. ‘She’s got some company and she’s tough. It’ll take me a lot more time to kill her without the right weapons and you’d be caught if I take all that time here, you’re already being tracked by someone else in her team.’
‘So what do I do?’ Elvis Richards sounded somewhat disappointed.
‘Right after this call, turn off your phone and throw it out through the window.’
‘Yeah, do as I say, else you’d get located and killed before I get there.’ he emphasized strongly.
Elvis Richards heaved a sigh of frustration.
‘Get it done immediately man, I’ve got to apply some first aid to my injuries and I’ll join you there as soon as I can.’
Specialist Hospital, Lagos.
‘My last wish is to see that man dead, once and for all.’ the Chief said in a shaky voice in the hospital bed.
Three other men were in the hospital ward with him, one sitting on a chair and the two others standing at different positions. The man had been transferred that morning to the specialist Hospital from Abuja. Known to be an healthy old man before, his health status had suddenly changed weeks ago and had continued to deteriorate after he heard the death of his kids.
‘I think I can give your men all the details they need to bring her down in two days, it now depends on them,’ the man sitting said.
The old Chief turned his head towards Eric, as if to ask if he could trust them to deliver this time around.
‘What details do you have for us?’ Eric asked the NIS chairman.
‘Elvis Richards doesn’t know I work for Chief, he contacted me early yesterday and asked me to provide him men who could keep top secrets information, I provided him twelve of them and I believe he wants them to work with the Assassin he hired.’
‘So how does that help us?’
‘It can help you if you have knowledge about XXS Security numbers, Victoria can assist you on it, you’d be able to track my men and get their locations.’
Carl and Eric stared at each other for a second, trying to get the logic behind the man’s offer.
‘The XXS Security System is what you use to track your men?’ Eric asked.
‘Yes,’ the chairman replied.
‘So you think it’ll lead us to Samantha Osman since she’s tracking them closely?’ Carl put in.
‘Yeah, since Samantha Osman is tracking and following their moves, you would run into her if you also follow their moves and you’ll also get Elvis Richards killed that way.’
‘I’m not concerned about having Samantha Osman dead anymore, I’m an old dying man and my life can’t get any worse, there’s nothing she can do to me. I only want Elvis Richards dead now and I beg you,’ Chief Afeez paused and looked at the NIS Chairman directly. ‘I beg you to work with them directly.’
Carl and Eric glanced at each other again. What their employer now wanted was the life of Elvis Richards only, but they saw it as a good record to make to be the assassins that brought down the notorious Samantha Osman. Right in their minds, they decided to take it as their personal challenge which they would accomplish together with the one they were being paid for.
The train having been stopped for over thirty minutes, had most of the passengers already weary of waiting and being forced to stay indoor. All the doors had been locked five minutes after the train stopped and it was announced that nobody was allowed to get off the train. The passengers wondered why they were stuck in the unknown village and what was really happening. A few of them had found out from the train driver that it was an order sent from the train station. He had also told them that the cause for the first stop was to check some parts of the train which seemed not to be working well.
Dakolo and Dave were able to get to the train before the arrival of the police. The track was inaccessible by vehicles, so they had to park their vehicle some distance away from the place and run to the train.
‘Police Inspector Dakolo here, please open up.’ Dakolo shouted as he banged the door of the train. He raised up his Identity card and soon train guard opened and allowed him in. Dave followed afterwards.
‘Are you sure nobody has gone off this train according to the instructions?’ Dakolo asked the train guard.
‘I’m not sure, I haven’t seen any but some of the passengers claimed that there were three people, a lady and a man in a fist battle and another gunman who was with the lady. We can’t find them anywhere on the train, some claimed to see them leave.’
‘Is there any other thing that has happened here?’ Dave asked the man.
‘Yes, it started in one of the toilets and then spread to the VIP section, there are some dead bodies there.’
‘Can you take me to that toilet first?’ Dave asked.
Dakolo looked up, wondering why Dave was taking the lead while he was there but Dave didn’t look concerned, he followed immediately as the train guard led them. They soon got to the toilet and found the dead body of the first man laying by the side of the water closet.
‘This was the first dead body we discovered before calling the police, some eyewitnesses said a lady killed him.’ the train guard explained.
‘Can I see one of the eyewitnesses?’ Dave asked.
The train guard stepped out to call on an eyewitness. Dave took a moment to look at the dead body properly, he took out his protection gloves and put them on before bending to check some things on the body of the dead man.
He picked out a card from the chest pocket of the man and raised it up. He recognized the card, it was the property of the SSS and particularly owned by a NIS agent.
‘This is an identity card for the SSS agency, I’m not sure which of their subsection this is,’ Dakolo said as he observed the identity card with Dave.
‘This man is a secret agent,’ Dave said. ‘He works in the NIS.’
Dakolo flashed a quick look at him, wondering how he knew the details about the man’s job in the SSS, he came up with the assumption that it was due to his job as an investigative journalist.
So many thoughts ran through Dave’s mind but he decided to believe that the man on the floor was an agent of the NIS who was in the team in charge of the Samantha Osman’s case or Elvis Richards case.
The train guard returned with an eyewitness but Dave was no longer interested in talking to the eyewitness, he was more interested in the NIS Identity card. He turned to Inspector Dakolo, ‘Please Inspector, find out what he knows.’
He stepped out into the coach and took out his phone. He opened the contact and searched out Lizzy’s number. He had not called her for a long time, but he really needed her help at that moment. He dialed the number and placed it on speaker phone as it began to ring.
‘Hello, who’s on the line?’
Dave had a strange feeling on hearing her voice again. He drew in a deep breath before taking it off loud speaker and placing it close to his ear.
‘Lizzy, it’s Dave. Where are you?’
‘Dave? Dave James?’ she asked in a surprise tone.
‘Yes, Dave James.’ he replied.
There was silence for close to one minute and Dave was the next to speak again.
‘Lizzy, where are you? I need your help right now,’ Dave said.
‘I’m in Abuja at the office, what can I do for you?’ her voice sounded calm, Dave could sense the feeling of guilt in the voice.
‘I have the identity card of a NIS agent here, he was found dead. I want you to check what assignment he was on,’ Dave replied.
‘Please send me his tag number,’ she replied.
‘It’s 5684TGY, his name is Balogun Enoch,’ Dave answered.
‘Okay, I’ll check and get back to you as soon as possible, please call out his tag number again.’
Dave called out the tag number a second time before ending the call. He turned to join Dakolo and the train guard but they were already coming towards him.
‘The same woman who killed the man in the toilet is responsible for killing the other people on the VIP coach and was the same caught fighting with another man,’ Dakolo said to James as he proceeded forward with the train guard leading him. They walked past James and continued walking.
‘Where are we headed for?’ Dave asked, following them slowly.
‘We’re going to the VIP section,’ Dakolo answered him.
Dave increased his steps and joined them, he could see the eyes of the seated passengers looking at them.
10 minutes later
They were in the room where the fight between Tarasha and the four men took place. Dave was checking the bodies of the dead men, he had found two other men with NIS Identity cards. He was now checking another dead body which wasn’t of a NIS agent. Immediately, he turned over the body, he recognized him as Stainless.
‘I thought this guy should be behind bars, he’s been wanted for a long time and caught some weeks ago.’ Dave said aloud.
Dakolo moved closer to see the face of the person he was talking about. ‘Who’s he?’
‘One of the thugs that were caught few weeks ago after the raid of the police at Samantha Osman’s residence.’ Dave replied. ‘He has previously been accused of many other crimes.’
‘He must have been released by special order,’ Dakolo put in.
Dave got up and was about to move to the next dead body when his phone rang. He took it out and answered it.
‘Lizzy,’ he said into the mouthpiece.
‘Dave, the task and case for that guy is not specified in the records, but the records shows that he and fourteen other men were mobilized for an unspecific task by the Chairman.
‘So how do we know what they were mobilized for?’
‘We can only know if we ask the Chairman himself, I’m very sure it’s not an official assignment.’ Lizzy replied.
‘Thank you Lizzy, I’ll call you later to talk more.’
‘Wait Dave, where have you been?’ Lizzy asked.
Dave had a strange feeling at the sound of her voice. He shook his head gently before clicking the red button.
‘Is there a problem?’ Dakolo asked, after noticing he was absent minded.
‘There’s no problem,’ Dave answered. He dipped his phone into his pocket and took out another device to take pictures.
‘Dave, we have to get out of here now. The police are almost here,’ Dakolo whispered to Dave.
‘The police?’ Dave stared at him, wondering what kind of stupid talk he just made, then he remembered that Dakolo wasn’t the officer in charge of the case and was even on suspension.
‘Dave, we’ve gotta step away, they’re approaching already.’ Dakolo said and then held Dave gently by the arm.
‘We’re not done yet,’ Dave protested. He walked away from the man and went to the next lifeless body.
‘What else do you want to do? You’re doing more than your job already, checking the bodies of the victims is a job for the police.’ Dakolo complained in a strict tone.
Dave looked up, he could sense from the police man’s tone that the man was already getting angry. Dave got up and pulled out a rectangular nylon packet from his back pocket. He opened the packet and pulled out the content.
‘Have this Inspector, you can hide your face with it.’ Dave said as he handed one of the three materials in the pack. He took out one for himself and wrapped the other one into the packet.
Dakolo unwrapped the material quickly and discovered that it was a NIS face mask. He flashed a quick look at Dave and found Dave already putting on the face mask.
He felt a sudden cold rush through his whole body and wondered why he had never thought that Dave could be a secret Agent. He was speechless and couldn’t make any move until he heard the voices of police officers outside the train.
‘Boss, it’s not safe for us to stay here. They might be watching us or might have implanted some things here for us,’ Cole said to Tarasha. He was standing by the driver’s side of the vehicle. Tarasha was standing at the back of the vehicle with her tablet device in her hands while Henry was sitting on a chair at the security stand beside the gate.
‘We need to get some weapons in the store,’ Tarasha said to Cole. She stepped forward and opened the front door of the car, she dropped her device on the seat.
Henry had his earpiece plugged in his ears, his device on his hands and his new application running on it. He had not been able to track Elvis Richards neither was he still getting any of the calls recorded, he knew Rex must have done something to stop his app from fetching the necessary details.
He took off his earpiece from his ears and was about to get up from his seat when a text message entered his phone.
‘Your mother is still alive, you have the opportunity to take her with you today.’ the message read.
He clicked on the reply button. ‘How do I take her home?’
‘I’ll send you the address and you meet us there by two o’clock, okay?’
‘Yes, send the address, I’ll get there as soon as possible but you would have to send me a proof that she’s with you.’
‘What kind of proof do you want?’ the reply came in.
‘Take some pictures with her, first with your two hands held together behind you, the second with you carrying a chair and the third with you holding a shoe.’
‘Cool, will be done in a minute.’
10 minutes later.
‘It’s time to go, Henry,’ Tarasha called out to him as she and Cole returned from the building to the vehicle holding some sets of weapons. Tarasha turned to Cole, ‘We’d need to an extra car, call Matthew and Tomi to meet us now.’
‘Where are we going to?’ Henry asked, now walking towards them.
‘We need to get back Madam Henrietta and Chief Gab,’ Tarasha replied him.
Henry stopped some distance away from them and shook his head. ‘I have some other important matters to handle.’
His words met Tarasha as a shock and she looked up quickly. She saw him already turned back and walking away.
‘Henry,’ she called his name. He gave no response but continued walking on.
Tarasha stared thinly at him, hoping he didn’t mean his response to her. Since the base had been discovered that morning, she knew she could no longer trust even her team members. The only person she thought she could trust was Henry, and now Henry was sounding like one no longer interested to work with her.
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