‘I don’t remember her name’ Dr. Hammed stated
for the umpteenth time
He was sweating in the air conditioned room
though he was putting on very light clothes, the
endless sessions of interrogation which started
on Saturday had begun to wear him out.
At first, it was the EFCC who started questioning
him on Saturday, their lists of questions never
seemed to end. Several of the officials would
come asking questions, most which he didn’t
have answers to, they would leave after they had
threatened him and didn’t get results, only for a
superior to to show up in a space of two to three
hours with another set of questions when he
thought the session had ended.
He had already sworn to return all the monies he
had stolen and kept in both foreign and Nigerian
banks after the officials at the EFCC cracked
him, so that his judgment in the court would be
tendered with mercy. He now wondered why the
police were after him again, he returned to his
house from the EFCC’s headquarters only to be
welcomed by a letter from the police criminal
investigation department inviting him for another
session of interrogation.
‘We heard that you had an unusual experience on
Friday after the Unilag girl visited’ An Inspector
whose name he found out to be James asked,
another dark skinned inspector was standing
close to him.
‘I didn’t have any unusual experience’ the man
‘But you slept off during working hours’ James
focused his eyes on him and smiled mockingly.
‘Or is that how you sleep off lazily at work?’
James pushed a button with his statement and it
was visible on Dr. Hammed’s face, he wished he
could land a heavy punch on James’ face but his
situation would only worsen if he acted stupidly.
‘Sorry sir’ James apologized calmly, ‘but we only
want to help you, if you just tell us the truth , it
would make our investigations easier and we
would stop disturbing you’
‘I slept off truly’ Dr Hammed finally gave in. ‘I
think I took something poisonous that day’
‘Did you found out what it was you took?’
‘No, I didn’t have the time. I’ve been very busy’
‘But was sleep the only effect it had on you?’
‘No’ the doctor stuttered for a while. ‘It came
with loss of memory, I didn’t remember some of
the things I did before I slept off’
‘Like two hours before you slept?’
‘Yes’ the doctor glanced at his face suddenly.
‘How did you know the duration of time?’
‘Calm down sir’ James said and stood from the
table he was sitting on. ‘Some of our men had a
similar experience like that recently. For how
long did you sleep that day?’
‘I don’t really remember, but I slept until
someone woke me when it was almost closing
hours’ He paused, licked his lips and continued.
‘But my eyes were still very heavy when I got
home that day, I slept off without even taking
dinner till morning the next day’
‘Hmm, maybe you were poisoned with the same
substance as our men’ James stated, he
returned to his former position on the table.
‘They slept from evening till early the next
morning when they were found’
‘Incredible! Someone must have played far on
me’ the doctor exclaimed, covering his lips with
his two hands.
‘You said you slept off after she visited?’ James
pushed further immediately, taking advantage of
the man’s new mood.
‘I don’t know when she visited, but everyone said
I didn’t come out of the office for several hours
after I went in with her’
‘You see, you need to remember her name so
that we can trace her, she might just be a very
dangerous criminal’ James emphasized.
Dr Hammed remained silent for some minutes, he
cracked his brain furiously for answers. ‘I saw
her name on a notepad she left in my office on
Thursday, I don’t really remember but I know her
first name was not a Nigerian native name’
‘Try harder sir, you can remember’
‘ I’m trying, I don’t just know what happened to
me. Since then I’ve been forgetting things very
‘Well, our only hope for now is her name’
The doctor scratched his head, looking at James’
face, a feeling of regret suddenly took over him.
He regretted the day he submitted his application
to Derl Pharmacy, the day he was promoted and
started to work closely with Dr Daniel Umaru and
the day he succumbed to doing dubious deals
with Dr Umaru.
Now, he was going to loose all he had gathered
all his life, both the ones gotten legally and
illegally. The case had prompted EFCC to
investigate deeper and they dug out several
other dubious deals that Dr Umaru had done,
including his name in the ones he didn’t even
know about. There was no way out for him, the
only thing he could get was a very short prison
sentence and that was why he decided to give
up all his assets.
‘Her name is Samantha Osman, she’s a 300Level
pharmacy student of the University of Lagos’ Dr.
Hammed recited suddenly, his face glowed as he
‘Samantha Osman, 300Level pharmacy student of
Unilag’ James repeated, scribbling it into his
‘Yes, that’s it’ Dr Hammed affirmed.
‘Good’ James smiled as he glanced at the details
written down once again. ‘Do you also remember
now if you saw her do anything suspicious when
she went into the conference room with you?’
‘No, I didn’t see her do anything there. She only
helped me move something from my office into
‘Alright, I think it’s okay for now’ James got up
from the table again. ‘Thank you for your
cooperation, we’ll get back to you if we need any
other help from you’
Cole’s mouth was left agape as he watched
Tarasha silently from the window exercising her
body, he was counting the number of pushups
she was doing and she just got to two hundred
without struggling or showing any sign of
He couldn’t hold it anymore, he closed the
curtains and rushed outside to join her. She was
already dusting off herself when he got outside.
He was so disappointed as he hoping to see
more action from her when he got outside.
‘Good morning Cole’ she greeted first, ‘how are
‘Good morning Boss, I’m fine’ he replied, with a
note of disappointment still hidden in his voice.
‘Why did you stay there peeping for so long
instead of coming to join me?’ Cole was taken
aback by the questioned.
‘How did you know I was peeping?’ He asked.
‘I saw you’ she replied smiling, ‘even if I didn’t
see you, I feel it when a pair of eyes watches
‘Wow! But you didn’t towards the window side at
all?’ He was confused.
‘I didn’t have to look there with my physical
eyes, every part of me including the physical and
non physical pays attention to the environment’
Cole shook his head, he tried to assimilate what
she said but ended up greatly mystified. He
wondered what it would be like if Tarasha comes
against him, he’ll definitely be hopeless and
helpless. Tarasha’s fear increased in his heart
‘I noticed you’re the one who wakes up very
early amongst the three of you’ she disrupted his
‘Yes, I wake up most times before Benny and
Aisha does’ he responded.
‘That’s good’ she said and began walking
towards the well, Cole walked with her. She
suddenly turned and faced him. ‘You have to
learn very well from this operation henceforth’
He stared at her face, the look on her face
sought more explanation to what she started.
‘I have an assignment for you’ she continued,
‘You have to complete the first operation we did’
‘The first operation? Didn’t we finish off the
minister already?’ He asked, puzzled.
‘Yes, we finished off the minister but did not
eliminate every trace’
‘What do you mean?’
‘Listen carefully’ she said sternly, ‘we left some
traces that would be used to find us in the
minister’s operation and it is possible that we
are discovered sooner or later’
‘What? Why? How?’ His heartbeat increased
‘Calm down Cole’ she said and took three steps
further before going on with the discussion. ‘If
anyone is going to trace that murder
successfully, it must be a very competent officer’
‘Shh…’ She hushed, a smile gradually appeared
on her face. ‘Don’t be scared Cole, it’s only a
game, my favorite game and I’m sure you’ll enjoy
‘How? I don’t understand’
‘Its a game between myself and the police’ she
said and then gave a wicked smile. ‘You, Cole
will be my avatar for this first round’
‘Boss, you’re only confusing further’ Cole was
beginning to get frustrated.
‘I want to weaken the security system in the
state’ She walked further to the well and picked
up the fetching bucket. ‘The trace is only going
to lead a competent officer and his team to our
trap and you will single handedly handle them
when they come. Ot would be done in a way that
would pount directly to you’
‘I’m still confused’ he said.
‘Don’t worry, you’ll understand later’ she said,
drawing out water from the well. ‘Go in and wake
the others, it’s time to reveal or mission here to
Cole’s mind was greatly troubled as he walked
away slowly into the house, he tried to figure out
what she meant. She mentioned that he was her
avatar in the game, that might possibly mean
that she was playing games with him and his life
was in danger.
She also said that she didn’t eliminate all traces
in the last operation so that the police could
trace them and she’d set him up to face the
police. That was something he had never done
before, he never singlehandedly handled a police
team before, he was only good at escaping when
the police pursued a group of them and not when
he was the only one being pursued.
How on earth was he even going to escape if a
team of ten to twenty officers were sent to him?
He wasn’t even supposed to escape, the purpose
of the game was to weaken the police force,
that means he had to defeat the team.
The thought alone sent shivers down his spine
and he quickly uttered a prayer that moment.
‘Lord, if it is your will, let this cup pass over me’.
But he wasn’t Christ neither did he follow Christ,
so God would not answer his prayer. He resolved
in his mind to run away if she insisted on setting
him up with the police.
Tarasha walked in after ten minutes to meet
Cole, Benny and Aisha already waiting for her in
the sitting room.
‘Good morning Boss’ Benny and Aisha greeted.
‘Good morning’ she answered and took suitable
seat which faced three of them. ‘I hope you guys
are ready for today’s job’
‘Today’s job?’ Aisha spoke lazily, yawning. ‘I
thought we did everything already. We cleaned
the house, cleared the bushes and …’
‘Shut up’ Tarasha scowled angrily, making the
jovial girl shocked. ‘Are you crazy? Do you think
that’s all we came here to do?’
‘I’m sorry ma’ Aisha replied in low tones, greatly
terrified. She wondered what went wrong and
why Tarasha who was friendly with them the day
before had suddenly become cold.
Tarasha got up swiftly, her frown changed into a
smile surprising her audience more.
‘Are you scared?’ She asked laughin loudly,
mocking Aisha who was shaky already. ‘I’m not
angry, I was only teaching you something, learn
to switch your mood as it pleases you, don’t let
your feelings control you. So it’s time to switch
to the work mode’
Aisha heaved a sigh of relief, her rapidly
increased heartbeat speed returned to normal.
The two guys just watched in awe, wishing they
could switch modes like that too.
‘We’ll start real work today’ Tarasha interrupted
their thoughts. ‘We must drop our target, Kelechi
Edwin before the end of the month’
Realization hit them as she walked away,
Tarasha had brought them on a suicide mission.
Killing the governor of Rivers State in office, with
the quality of security surrounding him was an
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