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TARASHA (An Action Thriller)- must read story

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  • PROLOGUE
    The leaves spread out widely, gladly receiving
    the heat from the sun as they stuck firmly to
    their respective branches on the different trees.
    The wind contributed to the happiness of the
    living things as it blew heavily across the forest
    occasionally, making some of the lighter
    branches collide against the stems of taller trees
    and other unmoving branches.
    Danjuma cleared the way for his wife who
    followed him happily as they took a stroll around
    the forest, he stopped when he got to a cleared
    path and waited for her to catch up with him.
    They smiled at each other as they continued
    walking through the forest hand in hand,
    recalling how they met for the first time in that
    same forest.
    Ten years ago, Danjuma and two of his
    colleagues had come for a research on wildlife in
    the forest, they were inspecting a special breed
    of lizards when they noticed a movement at a
    thick bush opposite their direction, they paused
    to observe properly. At first, they thought it was
    a wild animal that hid behind the bushes and
    they brought out their defence weapons, ready to
    attack whatever it was. However, it didn’t take
    long before a young lady in a Doctor’s coat
    appeared, three of her colleagues who appeared
    to be Doctors too followed. Lydia and her team
    had come to collect some special herbs for the
    manufacturing of drugs required to cure an
    epidemic disease that troubled the village close
    to the forest.
    Danjuma got happily married to Lydia in Lagos
    two years after they met. They had their first boy
    in the same year they got married and had given
    birth to two other boys after. After living in
    Lagos for eight years, Danjuma relocated with
    his family to Borno State.
    Nine years later, Danjuma brought his wife to
    that same forest on their wedding anniversary
    hoping to bring back good memories of the past
    to her which he succeeded at, as Lydia clearly
    showed her delight while they walked through
    the forest together.
    ‘Wow’ Lydia released her hand from Danjuma’s
    grip and ran forward playfully, turning round a
    spot. She laughed happily as she looked at the
    sky, making her long hair fall backwards.
    Danjuma followed after her and wrapped his
    hand around her body. He looked straight into
    her eyes, and placed a kiss on her cheeks
    ‘Nine years ago, I was standing here when I …’
    ‘Shhh… Quiet’ Danjuma hushed, ‘let’s just enjoy
    this silence and the cool breeze’
    ‘I …’ A cry interrupted her and she paused to
    listen carefully. The cry became louder, it was
    the cry of an infant.
    The couple looked at each for a moment before
    they traced the sound carefully. They saw a
    woman lying helplessly under a tree with a baby
    laid on a wrapper spread beside her. The couple
    quickly rushed to the scene.
    The lady, actually a teenager was almost gasping
    for breath when they got to her. A faint smile
    appeared on her face as she saw the couple, she
    turned her face to look at the baby and looked
    back at the couple.
    ‘Her name is…’ She coughed out heavily.
    Deborah knelt beside the teenager and gently
    placed her back on her hand, trying to calm her
    down. ‘What happened?’
    ‘I named her Omotara’ the teenager struggled to
    speak.

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****Episode 1***
The breeze blew gently on her skin through the
opened window as she peeped outside. The
moon lit the earth brightly, working with the well
lighted streets to reveal every road and blocks
on the streets. Tarasha looked up at the
shining stars, they seemed to communicate
something to her which she didn’t understand.
She turned back into the room and glanced at
the wall clock which was her only companion in
the large bedroom as the tick tock sound it
made was the only sound that could be heard in
the house.
She closed the window and walked to her
planning table; she switched on the laptop and
waited patiently for it to finish booting before
she clicked on a folder icon on the desktop. The
folder opened, revealing a Microsoft word
document which she opened and began to scan
through.
She stood up a minute later, obviously satisfied
with the details gotten from the document. She
glanced at the wall clock again; it was fifteen
minutes past 1am already. According to the
information she was given to work with, the
Nanl gang would move the targeted van by
3am.
She walked to the drawer and bent as she
pulled it out, she didn’t think she would require
a lot of instruments for this job as she was only
required to pick up a carton from a van that
wasn’t heavily secured. She picked out her
favourite tool, a Walther PPK which she fondly
referred to as “baby”, she inserted it into the
pocket in her jacket with a silencer and closed
the drawer. She picked up a small black piece
elastic material from the table and stuck it into
her back pocket as she walked out of the
house.
In no time, she drove out of the compound and
hit the main road. The road was very free as it
used to be at midnight, so she got to her
destination in less than ninety minutes.
She parked her car at a reasonable distance
from the house which was located at a T-
section part of the road, in a very dark corner
on the street where she was able to get a clear
view of the warehouse. Not too long after, she
could hear the sound of a vehicle engine being
started, she glanced at her wristwatch, it was
2.58am. She quietly came out of the car
through the other side and hid in the darkness,
looking around to be sure no one was watching
her. She sat on the car bonnet, pulled out the
mask from her back pocket and wore it, the
mask covered only part of her face having holes
that allowed her see and talk freely. She also
picked some black hand gloves from the car
and put them on.
At exactly 3 o’clock, the screeching sound of
the opening gate was heard. Tarasha changed
her position and bent down by the side of the
car as the opened gate now revealed a vehicle
whose front lights shone brightly, illuminating
the compound.
She watched as the van was driven outside the
compound and the gate closed. She noticed that
his two men seated in the van, one of them
spoke as they got close to her car. She couldn’t
make out what was been said but she knew
they were talking about her car as the driver
looked towards her direction.
After they drove a little bit far past her, she got
into the car and waited for them to make a turn
at the junction before she started the car
engine and pursued after them.
‘Look, isn’t that the car we saw parked a by the
road side now?’ The driver of the van asked
after spotting the car racing after them through
the side mirror.
‘Yes’ one of his companion answered him,
“looks like a Lady is the driver”
‘A lady? What does she want at this time of the
day?’ The driver was amazed, he made space
for her car to pass beside the van.
‘I’ve got something of mine in your van’ Tarasha
shouted as she already levelled up with them.
“Park your van and let’s talk”
‘Are you crazy wo…’ The driver couldn’t
complete his question as one of the van tyres
deflated at that moment. He struggled with the
steering wheel but was able to avoid an
accident since the van was on a low speed.
‘What happened?’ The other guy asked the
driver.
‘I don’t know’ he replied as he opened the door
and came out of the vehicle. Tarasha’s front
car light shone brightly into his eyes.
He was vexed and he approached the car in
anger where it was parked behind them, the car
light was turned off as he got closer. The Lady
came out and faced the opposite side, waiting
for him.
‘What on earth do you…’ A blow landed on his
face he staggered backwards, almost falling.
He charged towards her but she dodged his
attack and sent him another blow on his
stomach. Tarasha held his head before he
recovered and hit his head on the car bonnet
which sent him sprawling on the floor with a
loud cry.
The other man in the car was already rushing
towards her with a iron rod but she bent down
making him miss his target and almost falling
down. Before he could make another attempt,
she sent his legs off the ground with a sliding
kick that made him hit his head on the floor,
after which she hit his head his head with the
butt of her gun, knocking him out.
She picked up the other man who was already
bleeding through the nose and dragged him to
the back of the van.
‘Open it’ She commanded as she placed a gun
at the back of his neck.
‘The key is in the car’ he replied shakily. She
escorted him as he walked to the driver’s side
and picked the key.
‘Get me the carton labelled “D” ‘ she ordered as
the man busied himself with the key.
The man switched on his torchlight and begun
to offload the neatly arranged cartons. It wasn’t
too long before he saw the carton labelled ‘D’.
Tarasha made him carry it to her car boot then
she knocked him out with the butt of the gun
and drove off after making sure nobody saw
them.
She checked her time as she parked car in her
compound, it was 3.50am already. She left the
carton in the boot and walked into the house.
Before she laid on the bed, she sent a text
message to an unsaved number from her phone.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
*10am, same day *
‘D--n! You idiots’ Don exclaimed angrily as he
scattered the objects placed on his table. He
picked his gun and walked closer the two men
kneeling at the front of his table, there were
other five mean looking men standing in the
office.
‘So you two mean an ordinary lady knocked out
both of you?’ He continued angrily.
‘Sir… I… I…’ One of the men kneeling down
stammered, he was the driver of the van.
‘You what? And you still laid helpless till the
police found and arrested you’
‘We are sorry sir, we promise to get her and
recover the carton’ the other man replied,
fidgeting all over.
‘Idiot, what did she look like? Can you recognize
her?’
‘No, she was wearing a mask, we didn’t see her
face’
‘Idiot, how do you intend to get her?’ Don barked
angrily.
‘We …’ The man began to speak but couldn’t
continue as Don fired bullets into the chests of
the both men.
‘Dispose them off’ he ordered the men in the
room.
Four of the men carried the bodies outside, two
carrying each one. The remaining man who
seemed to be the next in command walked
closer to the table as Don walked back to his
seat.
‘We should have sent more capable men’ Don
said as he sat down.
‘We were not expecting any attack and this isn’t
the first time of sending both of them on
errands like this, they’ve never failed’
‘So how did this happen?’
‘It must have been well planned, I think we were
played’
‘Played? Do you think Felix can play a trick on
me, knowing the kind of person I am?’
‘I believe that the carton was returned to that
warehouse, no one else knew about the
transaction’
Don picked up his phone and dialed a number,
placing a stern look at the man standing at his
front as he waited for his call to be answered.
‘He’s not picking’ he announced to the waiting
ears of his subordinate.
‘I told you’ the man said boastfully.
‘Go get my stuff for me and bring Felix down
here in two hours’ Don ordered in a gruffy voice.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
+
Tarasha rode speedily on the free expressway,
the breeze making her jacket fly backwards.
She loved the attention she got when she
occasionally sped past cars, the look on the
drivers’ faces was always a questioning look of
how a lady should be riding so crazily. But it
was her hobby, that was the way she relaxed.
She slowed down a little bit when she looked at
the side mirror and noticed someone waving
and calling.
‘Hey’ Henry shouted, slowing down the
powerbike speed as he levelled up with her.
‘Hi’ she replied him.
‘I’m Henry, can we stop and talk a little?’ Henry
asked, increasing his speed to level up again as
she increased hers first.
‘What do you have to say? I don’t have enough
time to stop and chat’
‘Sorry for disturbing but are you new around
here? I’ve never seen you with us at the bike
riders association’
‘What bike riders association?’ She asked,
increasing her speed again.
‘Nigerian bikers association, you don’t know
about it?’
‘We’ll… other time’ was what the guy heard due
to obstruction by the breeze before she sped
off.
He concluded that she must have said to him
that they’ll talk some other time. But how were
they going to meet again, they didn’t even see
each other’s faces as their helmet concealed
their faces
He decided to race after and catch up with her,
but even after rapidly increasing his speed and
riding crazily for some minutes, no trace of her
nor her bike was seen.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
+++++
‘It looks like we have someone who’s still alive
here’ Inspector James summoned other officers
to where he squatted, a wounded body was
laying in front of him.
‘He’s still breathing’ an officer who also
squatted beside him added.
‘He needs medical attention immediately, take
him to the hospital’ James said to the medical
officers approaching with a stretcher, as he
stood up from his position and gave way for the
officers to carefully carry the body.
He watched as they carried the body into an
ambulance and sped off. He looked around and
saw the medical officers packing the already
dead bodies into their vehicles.
‘The manager of the warehouse is missing and
there are no traces of him or his body around
the place’ he said to his colleague who was
standing beside him.
‘Yes’ came the reply, ‘we can’t tell if he was
taken away by the attackers or if he was killed
and dropped somewhere else’
‘That’s possible, but we have to confirm first
that he’s not at home or somewhere around
town. We have to reach members of his family
and his friends’
‘I’ve sent men to his house already, they’ll be
back with a reply soon’
‘Good’ James turned and looked around the
warehouse again, the look on his face turned to
a more confused one. ‘I’m just wondering what
kind of people attacked this place’
‘I wonder too and it doesn’t look like anything
was stolen, all the packaged goods are still
intact’, the colleague added.
‘I don’t think those who carried out this attack
are thieves, I believe they came on a different
mission’
‘Yeah, that’s true’
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
+++++
‘Felix Felix’ Don taunted the already tortured
man as he walked into the large room. ‘I see
you’re playing games with me’
‘No Don, I swear. I don’t plan the attack on your
boys’
‘Then where is my carton?’
‘I don’t know, we arranged the carton with the
other cartons and labelled it differently
according to our plan’
‘Who else knew about this our deal?’
‘No other person knew, even the men that
packed the cartons didn’t know that there was
anything different in it’ the man.
‘Who did you send to do the repackaging after it
landed in your warehouse?’
‘I did the repackaging myself , I removed it from
the beer carton and packaged it in the tin milk
carton’
‘Who saw you while you were doing it?’
‘No one did’
‘Hmm, then why is it that it was that same
carton that was taken from my boys?’
‘I don’t know sir , maybe someone here knew as
about our conversation’
‘Huh? Someone here?’ Don barked loudly and
stared fiercely at his men surrounding them,
who all shook in fear.
‘Yes, someone in your organization must have
leaked out the secret’
‘Them?’ Don gave a short laugh and stopped to
stare wickedly at his men again. ‘These ones
dare not sell me out, most of them weren’t even
aware of the deal’
‘Then, maybe you…’Felix stammered out of
fear.
‘Maybe I?’ Don barked as he brought out his gun
and pointed it at Felix. ‘Now, tell me where and
who you took it to’
‘I swear, I don’t know anything about this.
Believe me, I did everything according to the
plan and made sure no one was aware’ Felix
answered, shaking terribly at the sight of the
gun.
‘Okay, stand up and get out of this place’ Don
lowered his gun.
‘Ehn?’ Felix eyes widened in shock, not believing
that Don would allows him go.
‘I said get out before I change my mind’
‘Thank you Don’ Felix picked up his shoes and
stood up from his kneeling position. He
straightened up his shirt and headed for the
door immediately, he was about to open the
lock, bullet went in through his head.















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****episode 2*****

‘Good morning Chief’ Tarasha greeted on phone.
‘Good morning Tarasha’ a harsh voice
responded.
‘Chief, have you gotten the stuff you asked me
to get? I dropped it in the car parked in front of
your office according to our plan’
‘Yes, I’ve seen it’ the voice answered
‘You’ve seen it? But why haven’t you called me
then? You didn’t keep your part of the deal’
‘What deal?’
‘What do you mean Chief? Didn’t you say that I
would get the bank alert for my balance two
hours after you get the carton?’
‘Yes I said that, but you broke the agreement
first’
‘What? How?’
‘You said you would do the job without killing
anybody’
‘Yes, I didn’t drop anyone’
‘But it was all over the news yesterday, all the
labourers at the warehouse were found dead
yesterday’
‘That wasn’t me, that happened in the
afternoon. I carried out the job around 3am’
‘How am I supposed to believe that you really
did the job by 3am?’
‘What the hell are you talking about Chief?’
Tarasha flared up. ‘I see you don’t want to keep
to your part of the deal?’
‘I will send you the balance once I’m sure that it
wasn’t you that carried out the killings’ the call
ended.
Tarasha was fuming with anger as she dropped
the phone, it wasn’t as if the balance meant so
much to her but she was angry at the obvious
fact that the Chief only wanted to cheat her
and she wouldn’t take that from anyone. She
checked her wall clock and pondered for a while
before shr picked up a pistol and a mask from
her bedside and stormed out of the house.
She tapped a button on the remote control and
the door to the driver’s seat of her Zently 2027
model opened. She slid into the car and the
door closed back automatically, she inserted two
bullets into the revolver and hid it safely under
the car seat after which she started the car
engine and drove towards the gate which
opened automatically and closed after she was
out of the compound.
She drove as fast as possible, hissing every
time she had to stop because of traffic signals
and other road users. After almost an hour
drive, she got to Gravl Avenue, she parked at a
very far distance to the Chief’s house.
She gave a wicked smile as she glanced at her
wristwatch. In few minutes, the driver and the
bodyguard that accompanied the Chief youngest
daughter to school would be returning. She took
the revolver from where she hid it and kept it in
her purse, reason that she wasn’t properly
dressed; the clothes she wore would show signs
of the gun if pocketed.
She got out of the car , carefully making sure
no passerby was watching or noticing her and
she walked a distance closer to the Chief’s
house.

With her dark goggles on, she stayed by the
side of the road and placed one hand on her
waist, acting like one who was waiting for a
cab. After two minutes, she sighted the driver
and bodyguard from afar, returning in the car.
As they came closer, she started to walk
through the road pretending not to see the
coming car. She got the driver confused as he
struggled to bring the car to a halt but not after
he had gotten so close, almost hitting her.
‘What’s wrong with you ma’am? Didn’t you see a
car was coming?’ The driver shouted angrily at
her.
‘I’m sorry’ she pleaded, holding her chest like
someone who was deeply horrified. She turned
to the driver’s side to apologize.
‘You should be careful next time’ the driver
continued, more calmly now.
‘I’m sorry’ she said, gasping for breath and
coughing as sweat drop from her face in the hot
sun. ‘I think I’ve lost my way, I was going to
Eden hair salon at Gravl Avenue’
‘You’re at Gravl avenue already, just walk a little
bit further and you’ll find it by your left side’
‘Please can you give me a lift there?’ She
pleaded.
‘Okay yes’ the driver replied, looking at the
bodyguard by his side who shrugged in
confirmation. ‘Enter the back seat’
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
+++++
Inspector James sat on a chair facing a man on
the hospital bed, the only survivor of the
warehouse attack. The man was conscious and
was talking already, narrating all he knew about
the attack.
‘So you don’t know any of those who attacked
you people?’ James interrogated
‘Yes, I’ve never seen any of them before’ the
injured man replied, he had a bandage tied
round his forehead and one round his belly.
‘And they were not thieves?’
‘Yes, they were not thieves. I believe they were
looking for something, they said a carton was
missing among the goods they collected last
night’
‘Last night? Which goods?’
‘I overheard them saying something about 3am’
‘3am? Do you people work overnight?’
‘Sometimes, we fill up some cartons and
arrange them overnight but I’m not aware that
something like that was supposed to happen
last night’
‘Who was supposed to be on duty last night’
‘Ermm… No one, except the security men’
‘But the security men have been killed already,
who else was on duty?’
‘No the two security men that was killed
yesterday were not the ones on shift that night’
‘Oh! I see, do you know how we can reach
them?’
‘No, I have no relationship with them, we only
greet when resuming and vacating the office’
‘I think its enough already’ the Doctor
interrupted as he walked in. ‘He needs rest’
‘It’s okay’ James replied the Doctor and stood
up, he turned back to the injured man.
‘We’re really sorry for what has happened and
we promise to get to the root of this as soon as
possible. Thank you for your cooperation, we’ll
contact you as soon as we need your help
again, I wish you a quick recovery’ he said and
walked out of the ward with the other officer.
‘But what do you think that hoodlums would
want in a beverage warehouse?’ James asked
his colleague as they proceeded out of the
hospital to their car.
‘I don’t know, I think the best people to give us
the answer would be the security men on duty
that night’ he answered.
‘Okay, what you would do now is to go back to
the warehouse and check their logs, we need to
get those men’ James instructed. ‘I believe they
know about the incident’
‘Ok, I’ll just go straightaway sir’
‘Good, we also have to be on the lookout for the
manager Mr. Felix, there are still no signs of
him everywhere’
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
++++++
**11am
‘Tarasha! ‘ Chief Gab called out immediately the
call was answered.
‘Hello Chief’ she replied in a cheerful voice.
‘Tarasha! How come you went that far on a little
issue?’
‘Was that Chief?’ She asked mockingly. ‘Or have
you seen my gift?’
‘Tarasha, you shouldn’t have gone that far. I
was going to send the money to you’
‘Alright’ she answered more seriously now. ‘I
should get the alert in the next fifteen minutes
else your daughter would be in danger too’
‘No o, Tarasha. Don’t try that at all, that would
be big trouble for you’ the Chief tried to sound
brave.
‘You’re the one who shouldn’t try me Chief,
send the money within fifteen minutes after this
call ends’
‘Okay, I will see what I can do’
‘Huh?’
‘I said I’ll see what I can do’
‘Don’t play pranks Chief, if you think you can
move your child out of the school and stop me
from reaching her, then you better think twice
because I can already see that your men are
outside the school gate and there’s no way
they’ll escape me’
‘What!’ The Chief was in shock. ‘How did you
know that?’
‘Let me get the alert quickly’ She said and
ended the conversation.
The Chief was in panic as he dropped the
phone. He wondered how Tarasha knew that he
had already sent men to safeguard his
daughter. He wasted no time as he picked up
his tablet device and transferred the remaining
balance of ten million naira to Tarasha’s
account and called her immediately to notify
her.
‘I just sent the money’
‘Good, I received the message alert already’ she
replied him.
‘So is my daughter free now?’
‘Of course, I have nothing to use her for’ she
said with a chuckle.
‘Okay, we need to see. I have some other jobs
for you and I need to explain to you personally’
‘We’ll see on Skype’
‘Huh? I need to meet with you, I need to see
who I’m working with’
‘I don’t think there’s any need for that, we see
on Skype already, isn’t it?’
‘But you’re always wearing a mask to hide your
face’
‘No, that’s my face you see; that’s Tarasha’s
face’ she added.
‘What do you mean?’ Chief Gab questioned.
‘The face behind that mask doesn’t have any
business to do with you’ she said with a strict
voice.
‘I …’
‘If you don’t mind Chief, I’ve got some other
things to do’ she interrupted him and ended the
call.
‘D--n’ he cursed as he put down the phone. He
held his jaw with his hand, remembering how he
had been told to deal with her carefully.
He was calm after reminding himself that he
couldn’t get angry with Tarasha now, he still
needed her in the work he had to do; his
revenge mission.
He recalled his younger days as the minister of
marketing and sales before he was sentenced
to ten years imprisonment for drug trafficking
and management of the country’s funds after
being probed and found guilty by the new
government at that period. He was angry and
determined to punish all the government
officials that aided his arrest and conviction
especially those who were also involved in
some of the illegal businesses he did.
With the little he had seen Tarasha exhibit and
the way Vladislav had spoken about her, he
concluded that Tarasha would be of great
importance to him in his revenge mission which
was even the sole reason he had paid Vladislav
several billions to send her down to Nigeria.
‘Hey’ he called out to one of his guards who
stood at the doorside in the sitting room. ‘Tell
Edet to come here immediately’
The guard went out and returned with a very tall
dark man with a slender body. The man bowed
in courtesy to the Chief.
‘You called for me sir’
‘Yes, I did’ Chief begun, ‘two of our guys were
killed this morning and I was told you were the
one who saw it happening live from the
surveillance cameras’
‘Yes sir, I alerted them downstairs immediately’
‘Yes, but I was told that the person left before
they got to the gate’
‘Yes, it was a Lady…’
‘Shhhh… Don’t worry’ the Chief shut him up,
standing up from his seating position. ‘Let’s go,
I want to see the video footage myself’
‘Okay sir’ Edet replied as he led the Chief to the
security room.
Chief Gab spotted himself on a laptop screen as
he entered into the room, that laptop was the
one connected to the camera in the room. He
looked around the room to check if any change
had been made to the room since the last two
months he visited. The only change he noticed
was that the room was darker than before as no
bulb was turned on and would have been
completely dark if not for the reflections of light
from the several desktop screens in the room.
He sat down and rested properly into the chair
he was motioned to and faced the desktop as
Edet tried to open some files.
‘Here’s it sir’ Edet explained as a video played.
‘She wasn’t wearing mask when she drove to
the gate, but she wore the mask before she
came out of the car; that was when I suspected
something’
‘Take it back to where she was in the car’ Chief
Gab said as he watched with great interest.
‘Here’ Edet rewinded a little, then zoomed the
video. ‘Only her jaw is visible, the rest of her
face wasn’t captured by the camera; from this
we know her skin colour’
‘Okay, play on’
‘She wore a mask and came out of the car, I
don’t know how she knew where our camera
was placed’ Edet explained as the video showed
Tarasha with her mask on, facing the camera.
She pointed to the part of the mask which
covered her forehead, showing them the name
‘Tarasha’ which was inscribed on it.
‘So we can’t get any useful information from
this?’ The Chief asked angrily.
‘We know her complexion’ Edet answered.
‘Are you crazy? Do you know how many people
in this city alone has the same complexion?’
The Chief slammed.
‘I’m sorry sir’
‘Sorry for yourself’ Chief Gab hissed and left the
room.















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**Episode 3****
You don’t know anything about the attack that
morning?’ James questioned the elderly man.
‘No, I don’t’
‘So why have you been trying to avoid talking to
the police?’
‘I didn’t deliberately hide from the police, I was
scared that those that attacked the warehouse
may also come for me’ the man replied.
‘You were scared because your hands are not
clean’
‘No, I don’t know anything; my hands are clean’
‘But you were involved in the illegal business
that happened that night’
‘It wasn’t illegal, sometimes we work overnight
and we get paid extra; that’s what happened’ the
man explained
‘What kind of product did you people sell to
them?’ James continued
‘What else do we sell my son? We sell
beverages’
‘But you have several beverage products’
‘Yes, the one those guys came for that night was
tin milk’
‘Okay, those guys. Do you know them? How
frequently do they patronize you people?’
‘I don’t know them , but it seems Oga Felix knew
them from the way he related with them’
‘Hmm’ James paused and scanned through a
book. ‘There’s no record of that night’s sales in
the sales book’
‘Ermm, I don’t know about that. My job was just
to load the van’
‘That means you joined Mr. Felix to carry out an
illegal business; there are no former records of
the goods in your stock and there are no records
of the sales’
‘No o, its not illegal’ the man replied, already
frightened.
‘It is…’ James phone rang, interrupting his
interrogation.
‘A body found?’ James eyes widened as he stood
up from his seat.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
‘Okafor Nnamdi’ Chief Gab called loudly and
squinted his eyes, as he and his friend, Chief
Nonso stared at the picture of the man bearing
the name he called.
Okafor Nnamdi was the NAFDAC president
appointed to work during the years 2016 – 2020.
He was appointed few days after the new
President was sworn in. He carried out his job
perfectly nabbing several fake drug producers
and marketers including Chief Gab, he also
rejected Chief Gab and other offenders at every
attempt that was made to bribe him which made
him become hated by several corrupt politicians
and government officials but loved by citizens of
the country for his good job.
Okafor Nnamdi was the first person but least
important on Chief Gab’s revenge list, he was
desperate to make the man breathe his last.
‘Can you carry out this job?’ Chief Gab turned to
a huge muscular man who stood by his side, the
man was the head of Chief’s thugs. ‘I want him
dead’
‘Hmm Chief’ the guy gave a short timid chuckle.
‘This one might not be that easy; killing him
might not be hard but getting away will definitely
be, due to the tight security system’
‘Shut up! Idiot’ the Chief barked angrily at the
guy and turned to his friend. ‘This is what am
saying; these guys are bunch of lazy goats, I
know that they won’t be able to carry out this
mission’
‘Its okay Gab. I think if we are able to supply
this guys with everything they need, they’ll be
able to carry out the job’ Chief Nonso supported
the guy, looking at his face for confirmation of
his suggestion. ‘Or isn’t it?’
‘Chief, you don’t understand; it’s not about killing
him but after killing him’ the thug began his
explanation. ‘It might not be too hard for us to
break his personal security, that’ll be done if we
get…’
‘If you get?’ Chief queried as the guy paused,
looking more confused now.
‘There’s no how we can even get to him’ he said
after thinking deeply. ‘There are security systems
and cameras that would have announced our
presence before we get to him’
‘Just get out of here and stop talking lazily’ Chief
Gab ordered.
‘So what’s the other plan now?’ Chief Nonso
asked.
‘I knew these guys aren’t capable since when
they messed up and almost implicated us the
last time, so I already ordered for a trained
Assassin from Russia’
‘From Russia? How?’
‘Huh? You’re asking me how?’ Chief Gab laughed
loudly. ‘From one of my business partners in
Russia; he sent me a Nigerian, a product of one
of the raw materials I sent him over fifteen years
ago’
‘I don’t understand’ Chief Nonso looked
confused.
‘Don’t worry, you’ll understand later. I will speak
to her and send her the details we need’
‘Huh? A female?’
‘Yes, female. But she does better than a lot of
guys’ Chief Gab laughed again as he answered.
‘When would she come here? I would love to see
her’
‘Hmm, that’s the question to which I don’t have
an answer’ Chief Gab smiling face turned
serious. ‘I’ve not even seen her face, she talks to
me on phone and chats on Skype but she wears
a mask to conceal her face’
‘What? That’s nonsense’
‘No, Vladislav says she’ll reveal herself when it is
time. I only hope that the time would be soon’
‘But where does she stay?’ Chief Nonso asked
more questions.
‘She stays very close to Gravl avenue I believe,
she refused to stay in the house I prepared for
her before she arrived, she even ducked us at
the airport when we went to welcome her’
‘Hmm, interesting’ Chief Nonso shook his head,
trying to reason out all that he just heard about
the female assassin.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
‘Hello Tarasha’ a voice came on as Tarasha
accepted the Skype call from Chief Gab. Chief
Gab was smiling as he spoke, sitting by his side
was another middle aged man staring intently at
the screen.
‘Good morning Chief’ Tarasha replied as she
poured the wine into the champagne glass cup.
‘Do you sleep with your mask on?’ Chief Gab
asked jokingly. ‘I didn’t expect to see it on you
this early morning’
‘I’m in my office already Chief, the mask is part
of the compulsory dress code for my job’
Tarasha replied back with a cheerful tone.
‘And you’re comfortable sipping your wine with
the mask on?’
‘Chief’ Tarasha called more seriously. ‘I don’t do
jokes during official hours, so go straight to your
reason for the call’
‘I have another job for you Tarasha, I want you to
take down someone. He’s the country’s Minister
of health’
‘Minister of health? Why do you need to take him
down?’
‘I have my reasons, yours is just to do the job’
‘Yeah Boss, sorry for asking’ She chuckled. ‘Send
me every detail you’ve got, I’ll review and get
back to you’
‘I’m forwarding the details to your mailbox
already, you’ll get it in the next few seconds’
‘Okay Boss, so hope you’re not gonna play tricks
this time?’ Tarasha asked with scorn in her
voice.
‘No Tarasha’ Chief laughed briefly. ‘I think I’ll go
by our former agreement, I’ll pay you monthly’.
‘Monthly?’
‘Yes monthly, that’s the deal I made with
Vladislav’
‘Okay?’
‘But I can’t afford much at the moment, lets
make it five thousand dollars monthly for now’
‘Five thousand dollars?’
‘Yes’
‘It’s okay, agreed’
‘Agreed?’ the Chief face lit with joy, clearing
showing his surprise at her acceptance of the
deal.
‘Yes, but you’ll provide all the capital needed
and…’
‘Capital…?’
‘Calm down Chief, the capital just includes the
guns, bullets, cars, computer systems and other
little things I’ll make use of’
‘Okay, I accept’ Chief Gab reluctantly agreed,
ignoring the awkward stares he was getting from
Chief Nonso from time to time.
‘Good, and the salary would always come in at
the beginning of the month’ Tarasha added.
‘What tha…’
‘Deal or no deal Chief?’
‘I can’t…’
‘I’m not a market woman that negotiates; tell me
if you’re not ready, I’ve got other things to do’
She said bluntly. ‘Or why do you think I’m taking
that little?’
‘No o, it’s not possible’ Chief Nonso added with
his shaky voice. ‘How can…’
‘Agreed Tarasha’ Chief Gab cut in after thinking
for a moment
‘What? Agreed? What if she doesn’t get the job
done?’ Nonso fumbled.
‘She dare not fail’ Chief Gab replied, calming his
friend as he gave a strict look, his eyes facing
the webcam directly.
‘Good Chief, we’re good to go’ Tarasha finally
spoke, after laughing out loud at the drama going
on at the other side. ‘Don’t look at me like that, I
won’t fail you. I’ll start working on the job once I
get the alert for this month’

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