‘I don’t have a choice, I was hired to stop and stop you I
will’ Audu barked back as Tarasha stood staring at him. ‘I
don’t give in to threats by ladies’
‘Then, can we see what you can do without the gun’
Tarasha challenged, motioning him to put down his gun.
He smiled in response and began to unload the gun,
taking up the challenge.
‘Don’t try to play fast with me’ he warned as he showed
her the empty gun and dropped the pistol on the floor.
He adjusted his trouser belt and positioned himself for a
Soon, they were close to each other bouncing around in
the little space left in the aisle between the computer
Tarasha threw the first punch which Audu dodged
effortlessly. He returned it with a blow to her side leaving
her shaken a bit. She chuckled, straightened up and
He threw a punch to her face but she dodged. He send a
left punch to her belly, she blocked with her right hand. A
right one, she blocked again with her left hand. This
exposed his chest and belly for attack and she quickly
grabbed the opportunity and made a heavy stamp of the
soles of her foot on his chest. He staggered backwards
and winced in pain, placing a hand on his chest. He didn’t
expect such heaviness in her kick, it felt like he had
developed an heart attack.
He cracked his knuckles and rotated his neck before
moving forward to her again. This time after making
some mock gestures with his fists, he directed a kick with
his left leg to her neck but she bent her head and took off
his other leg from the ground with a kick from her left
foot. He landed on the floor thunderously. His leg pulled
a wire from a computer set mistakenly and the whole
computer desktop was pulled and dropped on his legs.
Tarasha sniffled as she brought out her gun. ‘I’ve got no
time for more games, you ain’t got the balls’
‘But you said…’ He was saying when she fired a bullet into
‘Go meet the boss’ Cole said to Benny, watching Benny’s
position on his device through the redirection which
Tarasha had done on the system. ‘I think she needs your
help right now’
‘Give me directions, is she upstairs?’ Benny asked, staring
straight into a camera being sure that Cole was watcing
‘Yes, upstairs’ the reply came. ‘Just keep moving, I’ll tell
you where to enter’ Cole minimized the clip to the DVD
homepage and searched for clip which had Tarasha
‘Cole’ Benny’s voice sounded again. He already got to the
entrance security department corridor without any word
‘Calm down, I’m trying to find where she is again’ Cole
answered. He selected an option and saw Benny walking
slowly and glancing at the dead bodies. ‘Hey, go into the
third room by the left’
Cole saw Benny pause to listen and then continued
walking straight. Tarasha came out of the room before he
got to the third door. She was still in her underwear, little
drops of sweat fell from her body.
‘Here Boss’ Cole could hear Benny say as he handed over
the extra gown to Tarasha. He saw Tarasha’s mouth
moving but he couldn’t make out what she said.
‘Oh s–t!’ Cole cursed as he minimized to check the way
for them. Four security officials were at the end of the
stairs, three men and a woman.
‘What’s the matter?’ Benny asked on hearing the curse.
Tarasha walked where her ripped gown was, beside Afo
and Blade’s dead body and picked it up. She dipped it
into the nylon after bringing out the new one which she
hung around her neck.
‘You guys have more problems to handle. More officials
are climbing up the stairs’
‘D–n!’ Benny cursed too. Cole could see Tarasha turn to
ask Benny what the problem was.
Tarasha tapped the device in her ear on, she waited some
seconds for it to connect. ‘How many of them are down
stairs?’ She asked Cole.
‘Four and it looks like they are calling for more people’
Cole said, Tarasha could hear him taking a deep breath.
‘They are coming upstairs already’ Cole added.
The cold dilution gas condensed on Henry’s forehead as
the security officers sprayed. Henry could breath
normally now, he took off the mask and picked his
phone which had dropped on the floor. He stood and
followed the direction which the security officers were
A lot of the victims were just recovering and were being
helped by the officers to stand up. Henry was not really
given much attention because he was able to stand by
himself already. He only received a hand gesture from an
officer for him to go out of the hall immediately.
‘He took that direction’ Henry could see a junior police
officer pointing at the stage exit where the killer took,
explaining something to his senior. He recognised the
senior officer as the one who interrogated him and
Evelyn two days ago. The officers joined with another
group of officers and hurried towards the direction the
Henry paused and turned back. His mind was not at
peace because he had not seen Evelyn. Even though he
was suspecting her to be a fraudster, deep inside, he still
cared for her safety.
‘Keep moving please, everyone out of the hall
immediately’ a voice shouted at his back. Henry had no
other choice than to keep moving, a crowd of staggering
fellows who were being supported to walk was surging
towards him from the back.
He hurried out of the hall. Several people were rushing
out of the main compound and police officers were
scattered everywhere looking for the person with the
description of the killer they had gotten.
Tarasha and Benny quickly positioned themselves for the
coming enemies Tarasha searched Afo and Blade’s body
and took out their pistols. She ran to hide behind the wall
by the entrance, squatting below the fire we extinguisher
while Benny hid behind the curtain hung on one of the
doors, holding with him the gun Tarasha gave him.
‘Oo!’ The first official that got to the landing, in front of
the corridor exclaimed on seeing the dead bodies.
Two rushed into the corridor without noticing Tarasha
behind the wall and she remained quiet and watched
while the men scrutinised the dead bodies in awe. The
other security man and the lady joined in the same
manner except that the new man and woman were more
careful. They cocked their guns immediately they saw the
bodies and walked into the corridor, glancing around for
signs of the killer
The group of five policemen led by inspector Ken paused
as they got behind the backdrop. One of the officers bent
down to pick the black suit jacket on the floor, he dusted
it to see if anything would drop from it. Nothing did.
‘The killer dropped his suit?’ Ken stared in disbelief. The
officers all surrounded and checked the suit together.
‘Then he must have joined the crowd already’ an officer
Ken paused and stared briefly at the ground. He squatted
and used his pistol to pull a piece of hair closer to
‘Did they say the killer had beards?’ Ken raised up his
head to ask.
‘Yes’ an officer replied him briefly.
‘That was just a disguise, here’s the fake beard’ Ken stood
up. Another officer putting on an hand glove bent to pick
A man putting on a the events centre security uniform
opened the backdrop and joined them. ‘Have you seen
They showed him the jacket and the beard. ‘The killer
escape through this place’
‘He couldn’t have passed through here without meeting
our men on the way’
‘But you wouldn’t have known, he changed his disguise’
‘Guests are not allowed to pass through here, our
security men would have stopped him’ the man said and
began to lead the way. The officers followed carefully
searching around the dark walls to see if anything or
anyone was hidden.
The security woman was the first to see Tarasha, but a
bullet was fixed into her skull before she could do
The man with the cocked gun turned immediately to
shoot but Tarasha was faster, a bullet into his belly
brought him down. The other two officials were taken
with one bullet each from Benny from their back.
‘If guests are not allowed to pass through this place and
your men have not caught anyone yet. Does that mean it
was done by an insider? One of your men?’ Ken accused.
‘NO’ the man turned back suddenly to refute strongly. It
could be one of the external cooks and attendants that
were… ‘ he was cut short by the sound of a gunshot. It
sounded like somewhere far away.
The policemen were alert at once. One of them ran to
peep through the backdoor and check if it was from the
hall but it wasn’t.
More gunshots sounds followed. ‘Where could that be
coming from?’ Ken asked widening his eyes.
‘It could only be from two places. Outside the hall or in
the security department block’
‘Is the way clear now?’ Tarasha pressed the Bluetooth
device against her ear as she spoke to Benny.
‘No, six more officers are on the way’ Cole replied her in
a shaky voice.
Tarasha’s brain began to work fast, she started
considering their chances of leaving that place without
being caught and the options they had. Engaging the six
new policemen in fight would be a waste of time because
that would only create more time for more security
officials to come.
She then remembered Audu, she didn’t see him return to
the security department by the stairs, he just
disappeared mysteriously at her back in the computer
room. That means that he had returned through another
route, perhaps a secret escape.
She walked to the female security official’s body laying
lifeless on the floor and examined it. In few seconds, she
began to pull off the uniform on the body. Benny stared
for some seconds before he understood what was
happening. He joined her and selected a dead security
man whose body was almost same size and height as his.
‘They’re on their way up’ Cole’s voice sounded in both
Tarasha and Benny’s ears. Tarasha took a quick glance at
Benny and gave him a signal. She had already taken off
the lady’s top and was halfway with the trousers.
Tarasha got up hanging the uniform’s top on neck. She
dragged the lifeless body with her and entered into the
camera’s security room again where she fought with
Audu. Benny followed her immediately and they locked
the door behind them.
In few seconds, Tarasha was already changing into the
security uniform. She still had the new gown around her
neck and the old one in a nylon with her.
‘Hurry’ Cole voice came through again. Tarasha could
hear sounds coming from outside the room, the security
officials were already there. She quickly began to put on
the trousers while Benny was still struggling with the
shirt. The sleeve of the top was longer than Tarasha’s
hand but she rolled it neatly after putting on the trousers
which was slightly oversized.
A violent knock sounded on the door. Benny was putting
on his trousers already. Tarasha began to look around
the room, she remembered that Audu had come out
from behind a shelf. She walked towards the shelf to
The officers outside began to attempt opening the door
**Outside the door**
Ken stood alert with his gun raised above his shoulders as
a junior officer tried to open the door with kicks.
‘That’s a waste of time, the door is well secured’ the
security man said to the police officers. He got up from
his knees where he was scrutinising the dead bodies of
his colleagues and proceeded towards the door. He
touched the knob and tried to open it but it was stiff. He
shifted back and aimed at the knob with his gun. Three
shots and the door gave way
Henry began to search for the car in the park. He
couldn’t remember the exact spot it was parked, so he
attempted asking the security officials but they were too
busy looking out for the criminal and trying to control
the crowd’s rush to answer him.
The only option left for him was to leave the venue
without a car like so many people were doing but he
couldn’t stop worrying about Evelyn. He couldn’t leave
without her, at least he had to see her driver first to know
if the driver had any information about her whereabouts.
He removed his phone and dialed Evelyn’s phone
number again. It was busy. That was the reply he had
been getting for several times he had tried.
‘Get away, you fool!’ Someone who was rushing out
cursed loudly as his phone dropped on collision with
Henry, he didn’t bother to stop and pick it up. That’s
when he suddenly remembered something, he had a
smaller phone which he dropped in the car, he could
track the number to know where the car was.
‘Please, you have to exit the venue right now’ an official
‘I’m sorry, I can’t leave, my girlfriend is still here’ Henry
replied, feeling surprised with himself that he had called
Evelyn bus girlfriend.
‘Just go out, she may be outside waiting for you’ the man
said and began to push him forward, threatening him
with a rod in his hand.
**Port Harcourt, Rivers State **
Dakolo drove his CRV Jeep into his compound after
several days of absence. He was too fatigued to even
respond to the gate man’s welcome greeting. He turned
off the engine and released his seat belt. He took another
deep breath before opening the door. His kids and wife
were already rushing out of the house to welcome him.
He quickly to turned to the back seat and picked up a
nylon bag. He didn’t forget to buy biscuits for his kids this
time and a gift for his wife despite his tiredness.
‘Hey Young man’ his little boy ran into his legs as he
stepped out of the car. He picked the boy up gave him a
peck before taking out is brief case from car. His second
and third boys hugged him one after the other and took
the brief case and nylon bag from their father. Dakolo
dropped the little boy and left him to run back into the
house with his elder brothers. He was left outside alone
with his wife.
The smile on her face made him smile too, he had missed
her so much. Just too weeks in Lagos and it looked like
they had been away from each other for years. They
engaged each other in a deep embrace and afterwards a
long kiss before saying anything to themselves.
‘I’ve missed you so much’ she said after they broke away
from the kiss.
‘I missed you too’ he replied and held her hand, they
began to walk into the house slowly. She rested her arm
on his shoulder. He knew what she was asking for and
immediately lifted her up into his arms and carried her
all the way to the living room.
He dropped her on his laps as he sat on the three seater
sofa beside his briefcase. The maid, Lydia greeted before
taking the kids into their room. The couple engaged each
other in another long kiss before speaking again.
‘So, how was your trip’ Angela finally asked, looking into
her husband’s eyes.
‘Great’ Dakolo replied, avoiding her eyes.
‘How did it go?’ Angela got up from his laps and sat
beside him. The maid returned with a glass of water for
‘Still on the matter… No lead suspect or new discoveries
yet. Samantha Osman seems to have no one related to
her in this country. No blood relation, no friends, no
acquittances’ he replied before taking the glass of water
from the stool. He gulped it down immediately.
‘That serious o’ Angela hissed. ‘So you guys did not make
any progress?’ She asked another question, starting
intently into her husband’s eyes.
He still avoided her gaze for some reasons, he had some
news to give her which she might not like. ‘Not really, the
criminal is a d–n professional’ he replied, biting his lips
‘Shhh…’ Angela hushed him, glancing around the sitting
room. ‘You shouldn’t use such words around, the kids
might pick them up’
Dakolo gave a short hiss. ‘Yeah, sorry about that, it’s just
frustrating’ he said and bent down to start taking off his
‘Well, we’ll talk more later’ the wife said, getting up from
the seat. ‘Let me make sure your food is served first and
prepare your water for bath’ she began to walk away.
‘Angela’ Dakolo called softly.
She turned back and stared at him without saying any
word in reply. He had just taken off the shoe from his left
leg and he stopped.
‘Come sit down’ he said, motioning her to return to the
space beside him.
‘Yes’ she said as she sat beside him. He turned to face her
and held her two hands, both staring into each other’s
‘I…’ Dakolo tried to begin but was short of words. He
turned back to his briefcase and opened it. He took out a
folded A4 paper from it and gave to her. It was a letter, a
letter of transfer to Abuja.
She kept glancing at his face occasionally as she read it.
The transfer wasn’t really the problem, the problem was
that they won’t be able to stay with each other for the
next five months. How? They would have moved together
but for the kids who were still in the second term of the
school session. The education system in the country no
longer allowed for admission if new pupils into schools
after the first term, it only allowed for admission at the
beginning of a new session. That means Angela had to
wait with the kids for five months until the session ends.
They had never stayed that long apart from each other.
Chief Gab sat quietly in his living room, his back well
rested on the couch’s back pillow and his legs on a short
stool as he busied himself reading articles about politics
from coolval site on his tablet device.
It had been about two weeks since Tarasha and her crew
had left for Abuja to execute his work and he had only
heard from her once. She only called him to request for
money to buy some necessary things, she didn’t even
update him on the progress of the job. But he was sure
she would do the execution perfectly so he didn’t bother
much about it.
‘Happy birthday to Chief Jubril Lawal’ he mumbled to
himself as returned to the front-page of the
Coolval22.com site, the thread topic was at the seventh
position. He hissed and was about to close the browser
tab but out of boredom, he scrolled up to see if he had
read all political topics on the main page.
‘Pictures from Jubril Lawal’s ongoing birthday party’ he
read the topic on the second position and hissed. Why
was his enemy’s news making the headlines today? He
hissed. He promised himself again not to read any news
that talks about Jubril or any of his enemies.
He scrolled further and saw the time on displayed on the
site, he realized that It was over an hour ago since he
loaded the front-page. He clicked on the refresh button
to check for newer updates on the site.
It reloaded, the first thing his eyes met surprised him. He
wiped his face with his hands and checked again. ‘Jubril
Lawal Dead – Unconfirmed’ was the new headline on the
front-page. Gab quickly clicked on the link to read the
There was nothing long to read but there was a
screenshot to back up the claim. “The minister of
information just tweeted this now, we hope he’s not
talking about Chief Jubril” the details read and the
screenshot displayed under it. It was a tweet from the
minister of information who was also a guest at the
birthday party. It read, “Something drastic needs to be
done about these recent assassinations in our country,
how can a former minister of defence be murdered
confidently with all the security officials present?”
The source beneath the post was a link to Linda Ikeji’s
His phone began to ring as he started scrolling down to
read comments. He stood to pick it from the centre table
where it was and returned to his seat before answering
‘Chief Gab’ Chief Nonso’s voice rang in happily like
someone who had just been awarded a trillion dollar
‘Yes, Chief Nonso. Good evening, I hope you didn’t forget
anything in my house?’ Chief Gab replied.
‘Noo, not that’ Chief Nonso continued, ‘haven’t you
heard the breaking news?’
‘What breaking news?’ Gab feigned ignorance.
‘Jubril Lawal was killed today during his birthday party by
an unknown assassin’
‘Oh! Unknown assassin? During his party? Has he been
confirmed dead?’ Gab expressed his doubts.
‘Yes, the news was sent via text message through my
subscription to Linda Ikeji’s blog and I just confirmed
from someone who stays around the event centre where
there party took place’ Chief Nonso answered.
‘Well, if it’s true, then it’s good news for us. We need to
celebrate’ Chief Gab excitedly.
‘Yes, good news. I’m sure it would be all over the news by
tomorrow. Let’s just wait and see’
‘Yes, sure. Thank you Chief Nonso’ Chief Gab said and
ended the call. He glanced at the phone’s screen, he had
four unread notifications. He swiped down to check.
There was a message from Tarasha sent three hours ago.
‘Job would be completed tonight, prepare the extra
allowance for my employees’ he smiled as he read to
He closed the messages and opened the dialpad to
quickly dial her number but it was connecting, same way
it had been since she left for the operation, he had never
been able to reach her, she only reached him when she
wanted. All the same, he felt joy in his heart and he
returned quietly to his former resting position.
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