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Upel International Airport,
Pitt Raph walked out of the building with two huge men flanging him. Two other men were behind them, rolling small traveling boxes with them.
Pitt looked smart and younger than his age in his black suit. He had a sky blue inner shirt and a navy blue tie under. The men by his side were also on suits, but they had white inner wears and black ties instead.
Pitt Raph served in the Bethanna police force for more than thirty years of his life, and worked for six years as the police overseer in his state of residence, Benuit. He had no past established criminal or corruption records, his tenure as the police overseer saw the end of many criminal organizations in his state. He was offered to be the police minister of the country after his service to his state but he politely declined the offer, giving the need to pay more attention to his health as his reason.
He was just returning to Benuit after speaking at the security conference in Bexford the previous day and he had a meeting to attend that morning at the state government house. The security conference was about the country and the continent’s state of security and it held in Bexford as that was the center the FOX World Headquarters was located. It had many people from around the continent in attendance, even though not up to half of those who were expected. Many delegates from nations had boycotted the event due to the recent security scares in Bexford. Pitt Raph’s speech was one of the shortest speeches delivered at the conference, as he only talked about general security which wasn’t part of the main focus of the conference.
“You have a call sir, ” the man flanging him by the right said to him as they got close to the garage the vehicles were waiting.
He stopped walking and took the phone from the man’s hand. He checked the caller, it was an unknown number. He answered the call anyway and placed it close to his left ear.
“Hello sir,” he heard a strange gruff voice from the caller’s end.
“Hey! Who is this?” he asked.
“I’m Michael, the man that sent you an email yesterday.” the caller replied.
“Michael?” the man squinted, trying to remember the emails he read the previous day.
“Yes,” the caller responded.
“Oh!” Pitt widened his eyes as he remembered. “The email about the security secret?”
“How did you get my number? And why can’t you be patient enough for me to read and reply your message?” Pitt asked. He had seen the message at evening the day before. The sender had introduced himself and first complimented him for delivering a good speech at the security conference and then said that he had some secret information about his personal security. He had ignored the message, thinking it was sent by a spammer and wasn’t supposed to be taken serious.
“I knew you read the message but probably did not believe it, that’s why I’m calling you sir, to let you know how serious it is.” the other man replied.
“So, what do you want from me?” Pitt asked.
“We need to see, I have something to show you.”
Pitt shook his head slowly. He felt angry and irritated by the effrontery of the caller.
“I can’t meet with you, tell me whatever it is here or forget it.”
“I can’t tell on you on phone, I have to see you.”
“I don’t have such time,” Pitt snapped.
“You can make out time to see me today before your meeting at the state house,” the caller replied.
Pitt was shocked. The meeting at the state house was meant to be a secret close door meeting, he did not even tell his close aides so much about the meeting, he only told them he was going to see the governor.
“How did you get that information?”
“The same way I got the secret information I want to give to you,” the caller replied.
“Who are you?”
“My name is Michael, I’m your friend for now. I only need to get something from you in return for the information I have for you,” the caller answered.
“I’ll pay you any amount you want, just tell me what you need to tell me or send me an email.” Pitt offered.
“Sorry! I do not need money, I’m in need of a favour and only you can grant me. We have to see,” the caller insisted.
“But I can’t make out time to see you, I have a very busy schedule.” Pitt complained.
“You can make out time this afternoon, before your meeting at the state house which starts by two o’clock,” the caller offered.
“Oh no! I have to do something else before then,” Pitt answered. “Can we meet later this evening?”
“Oh! Evening? It’s cool enough, just make sure you don’t change your mind.”
“Alright, thank you.”
Pitt looked confused as he ended the call. He looked around the airport for a moment, searching every corner with his eyes to see if someone was watching them.
“Is there any problem sir?” one of his security officers asked him.
“No,” he shook his head slowly. The look on his face showed more than confusion, there was some sorrow in it. He returned the phone to the man who gave him. “Let’s go, we’ll deal with the problem later.”
He proceeded further and the men followed him. They got to the garage where two cars were parked. The men with the boxes went into the car behind while the two men flanging Pitt entered into the same car with him, Pitt sitting at the back alone and they at the front.
“He’s about to leave now,” Cole said in soft tones as he stepped out of the airport building. He had an earpiece plugged in his ear and the mouthpiece hanging on his collar.
“Yeah, we’re ready. I was able to distract him for a couple of minutes,” Dave replied from the other end.
“Okay, let’s get it done.” Cole said and the connection went off.
Cole walked quickly to the garage where Samantha was waiting for him in the car. He saw Pitt Raph and his men drive out before he got to the car. The car was a black Corolla, with tinted glasses.
He opened the door and slid into the passenger’s side. He flashed a glance at Samantha at the driver’s side.
“Let’s go,” he whispered.
Samantha kicked on the car engine at once and drove out of the garage.
15 minutes after
Sitting at the backseat of the vehicle, Pitt had been able to take off the call from the unknown man temporarily from his mind. He was busy with the tablet device in his hands surfing the Youngicee website.
He could hear one of the two men at the front seats receiving a call but he paid no attention to the conversation until a sentence caught his attention.
“We’d confirm when we make the turn,” the officer said before ending the call.
“What’s happening?” Pitt asked. From the little he heard from the conversation, it seemed like one of the men in the other vehicle had called to report that they were being followed.
“They suspect a black corolla is following their car,” the man replied, flashing a glance at his boss.
“So, how did you tell them to confirm?” Pitt asked.
“We’re taking the turn at the intersection, I asked them to watch if the vehicle follows in our direction before they conclude.”
“Okay, that’s fair enough.” Pitt said, nodding his head. He turned to look back for a moment but he couldn’t notice anything from his position. He turned back and balanced himself well, they were already close to the intersection and they’ll find out if the vehicle was indeed following them.
A minute after, they took a seventy five percent turn about a rotary intersection and entered a straight road. Pitt continued with his tablet device but was conscious that they had gone past the intersection and was expecting the confirmation call. The call came in sixty seconds after.
“They’re following us,” the man in front confirmed to Pitt.
“Who the hell are they?” Pitt asked with a frowned face.
“The car’s got tinted glasses, our men can’t see those in the car.”
“I see,” Pitt cleared his throat. He remembered the just concluded conference he was returning from and how the use of vehicles with tinted glasses had been discussed and a proposal to put into law a restriction for people who can use such vehicles. “Have they called the police?”
“Yes, he should have done that after calling me.” The man replied.
“Okay,” Pitt glanced back again. “What do you think they want from us?”
“I have no idea sir, but it’s obvious someone knows you are in this vehicle and is trying to get to you.”
“But who could that be?” Pitt asked rhetorically. The only suspect he had in his mind was the unknown caller who claimed to be the one who sent him an email the previous day. An idea came to Pitt’s mind. “Are the guys in the other car well armed?”
“Yes, they are.”
“We are approaching a big shopping mall, we should drive in there. It would give time for our men to see if it would pass. If it stops or follows us, our men would have to check who the hell they are.”
The man at the passenger’s seat in front quickly took out his phone and dialed the last number on his caller’s list. He relayed Pitt’s instructions and ended the call after additional explanation.
He took off his seatbelt and took out his gun as they got closer to the shopping mall. The driver drove in through the gate and the second vehicle followed few seconds later.
Pitt looked back for a while and did not notice any black vehicle coming in from behind their second vehicle. He was about to turn back to the front when the black corolla showed up.
“What the bleep!” He cursed under his breath.
The driver in Pitt’s car drove to a point in the garage and parked the car. The other vehicle stopped on the road, and without parking properly, the men in the vehicle backseat and passenger’s side stepped out of the vehicle with their guns and proceeded towards the slowly approaching Corolla.
The Corolla pulled to a halt immediately the driver saw the armed men. It went straight into the reverse mode and the men began to run towards it.
Samantha stepped on the brakes quickly as she saw the men step out of the car. Cole who was already expecting such movement had grabbed the seat for balance and wasn’t so affected by the sudden halt.
Samantha pulled the gear back and went backwards as she noticed the men coming closer.
Cole took off his seat belt quickly. He hung to the support at the top of the door and held his gun in the other hand.
“Leave the guys to handle them and let’s get out of here,” Pitt said to the guards in front after watching for some seconds. The driver pulled the car out of the parking space and turned into the other roadway which led out of the garage.
The men ran after the vehicle and stopped as they watch it try to swerve but crashed instead with the back into the roadway separation where some ornamental shrubs were planted. It damaged the boot of the vehicle and the windscreen.
The four men stopped at the front of the bonnet holding their guns and pointing at the car.
“Step out,” one of the men shouted to them.
A crowd of watchers began to gather around them.
The men stood careful where they were, without moving close to the car. They knew the occupants of the vehicle could have suffered something from the impact of the little crash but knew it wasn’t enough for them not to be able to try to fight or shoot.
No one stepped out of the vehicle for almost one minute and the men began to move closer to the vehicle slowly.
The car zoomed forward unexpectedly, hitting two of the men, one partially and the other one severely. The other ones who were at the sides were not touched by the car.
The window glass of the passenger’s side of the car wind down as the vehicle made a quick swerve again, with the boot side turning in the right direction and the front facing the gate. The right front tyre of the car crushed the body of the man who had been severely hit. The second man who had been hit managed to drag himself away on his butt to escape the vehicle from crushing him during the turn but he now right at the front of the vehicle in it’s new position.
Cole stretched out his gun and fired into the body of the man at his side. The other man who was not hit fired two shots at the car and it hit the windscreen but was repelled as it was bullet resistant, even though not strong enough to take more than four shots.
Samantha zoomed off immediately, hitting again the back of the second man who the car hit the first time as he couldn’t drag himself away fast enough. She sped crazily towards the gate and zoomed out without regarding any obstacle at the gate or any person there.
“I heard a gunshot, I hope it’s our men that shot that.” Pitt Raph said, looking back again as the car sped away. He turned back as he could no longer see the gate of the shopping center. “Call the police and ask them to interfere quickly.”
The man at the passenger’s side took out his phone immediately to carry out the order.
“Should we still go straight to the government house?” the driver asked as he glanced at Pitt.
“Yes, we’re so close already. I’ll be able to report to the Governor once we get there.” Pitt replied him.
Pitt Raph looked back again and couldn’t see anything or hear any sound again. He picked out his phone. The first person in his mind to call was Elvis Kahn. He had no idea why anyone would be after him and could only but remember that Hutton had predicted that Carl Winston could come for any of the men. He also now remembered that their FOX informant had reported that Carl Winston used the name “Michael” on the day the two major explosions were stopped.
He looked up as he dialed Kahn’s number. He saw that they were close to the government residential estate and they were just about fifteen minutes to the government house area where there would be full security. If the man after him was indeed the same Michael or Carl Winston, he knew his own men would not be able to hold him down for too long at the shopping center, but he was sure they could hold him long enough for him to them to get to a place of top security.
Kahn wasn’t answering his calls. He dialed a second time.
“D--n! We have another car following us,” the man at the passenger’s seat announced as they turned into another road.
Pitt glanced back immediately and saw another black vehicle which had just turned with them.+1January 15, 2021 at 3:23 am #1427469
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“Drive faster!” Pitt ordered the driver of the car. It was obvious to him the new black car was coming after them.
The driver increased the speed drastically but could not drive so fast as it was a single road with both direction traffic. The speed of the pursuing vehicle had also been increased.
Pitt’s driver had to wait for an oncoming vehicle to park before overtaking the one drivimg slowly at their front. Before he could, the new black car was already so close to them. But he was still able to give some gap after overtaking the car in front.
“Hello Officer, I have some men trailing me now and I really don’t know who they are. I’m on the intermediate road leading from the Upel international airport to the government residential estate.” Pitt said into the phone.
He was yet to get a reply when he looked up and saw a heavy duty truck coming in the opposite direction and driving recklessly.
He widened his eyes in shock and even the driver and the man in front were in panic. The truck was not maintaining it’s lane and it seemed the driver was coming directly to them.
“What the hell is…”
Pitt was unable to finish his statement as the driver swerved the car sharply off the road to avoid a crash with the truck. He crashed instead into the gate of a residential building. Surprisingly, the truck also screeched to a halt just beside them, after moving completely to the wrong lane..
“Are you alright sir?” the bodyguard at the passenger’s seat in front asked Pitt. He had his gun already pulled out and held in his right hand firmly.
“Yes, I am.” Pitt managed to say. His head had hit the side of the car heavily during the sharp movement.
“Please, don’t step out of the vehicle.” The bodyguard said before opening the door and stepping out of the car.
“We’re off Upel International Airport, at the GRA road,” the driver of the car was saying into his phone. “Meet us as soon as possible.”
He hung up and kept the phone into his pocket. He then took out a gun before turning back to look at the man behind.
“Please stay in the car and keep your head low,” he said as he opened the door. He stepped out carefully with his head bent and closed the door. The black car that was pursuing them pulled up on the road at the same time, opposite the truck and only leaving some space behind.
The bodyguard who stepped out first, faced the truck with his gun. He noticed that the driver of the truck and the second person in it had stepped out already. He held his gun pointed towards the truck with both hands.
He turned back distracted as he noticed the black car pursuing them.
Four consecutive gunshots sounded in the air at that moment.
Before he could turn back, a bullet already got into his left knee. He screamed and fell to the side. He looked up again to get a blow hit him on the face.
The second bodyguard began to shoot at the black car immediately but he couldn’t hit anyone as the occupants of the car had moved out through the other side. He released only four shots before he ran out of bullets.
“Shi*t!” He cursed.
He rushed back to open the door but a bullet hit the car and sent him falling back.
“Get up! He heard a voice say to him as he tried to get up.
He raised his face up and saw a mask huge man coming closer to him.
He got up slowly raising his hands.
“I think they’re now following us,” Cole said to Samantha as they made their way down the road. He had a tablet device on his laps and was watching the live stream from the CCTV.
“I can sense it already, but we still have enough time.” Samantha replied, looking into the side mirror. “They can’t catch up with us.”
Cole looked into the side mirror at his side again. He couldn’t see any police vehicles coming from behind.
“Yeah, they still have some distance to cover but they can do so in less than five minutes if we slow down.”
“We’re at the stadium already,” Samantha said as she turned on the car indicator and moved quickly to the other lane. She drove a few more metres before turning towards the gate of the stadium.
It took them close to two minutes to get past the security officials at the stadium. They got to the parking space ninety minutes after.
Cole picked a backpack from the backseat and took out two yellow coloured basketball jerseys, he handed one to Samantha and took one for himself. He wore it over his vest and Samantha did the same.
They looked at each other and were sure they were ready to step out before they did. They opened the door and got out of the car at the same time. Cole close the zip of the backpack and fastened one of the straps around his palm.
They began to walk towards the basketball arena which was less than ten metres away from where they parked. They stopped briefly when they got to the gate. They watched other spectators walking in.
Cole dipped in his hand to the backpack and brought out a cubic cracker device. The device was black in color and had four small buttons by the side. He turned on the device with the first button from the left and tapped the second button five times, setting the fire cracker to go off five seconds after at anytime he ignited it with the fourth button. He dropped returned it into the backpack.
“The police officers are here,” Samantha whispered to Cole, staring afar off at the gate.
“Let’s get in,” Cole said and the both walked in.
“The game has started already,” Samantha said to Cole as they presented their tickets at the entrance.
“Yeah, but I don’t think we’ve missed so much yet,” Cole replied loudly.
Samantha clung to his body as they walked in after being confirmed by the access control officials.
“Over there, there are enough spaces.” Samantha located nearby empty seats quickly.
The game was on already but arena was only slightly more than half filled, the spectators still numbering up to five thousand. A part of arena had more of spectators who wore white jerseys while the other part was dominated with people on white.
Samantha and Cole walked quickly to the empty area. They had barely settled down when Cole and Samantha noticed Police officers walk into the arena and began to look around. They looked away and sat beside each other leaving an empty seat between Cole and another spectator.
Cole picked out the device from the backpack and dropped it after on the empty space.
“It’s time Sam,” he whispered to Samantha. She nodded gently in response.
He stared at the basketball court blankly for a second and then looked at this left and right.
“Done,” he said after tapping on the fourth button on the device. He dropped it on the floor and he and Samantha got up simultaneously and headed in different opposite directions.
None of the spectators around them noticed what had conspired as they were all focused on the exciting game.
In less than ten seconds after Cole and Samantha walked a way, an explosion with a loud sound rocked the area where they had left the device. Causing some flames and more of vibration. The device, propelled by the force of the explosion was projected to another area where it exploded again, causing the same impact.
The whole arena was already in disarray even before the third sound which was the final. All the spectators began to run helter skelter about the whole place, a bulk of them rushing to the exit and even the basketball players and officials fled for their lives.
The police officers were left confused as people the people fled in a disorderly manner, almost pushing them to the ground.
Police officers arrived at the government residential estate road eight minutes after the men were had left leaving only the empty truck.
The masked men had gone with Pitt Raph, leaving his two bodyguards injured and unconscious on the ground.
“It’s a black Venza,” one of the police officers at the crime scene was heard speaking on phone. “It a construction material truck but it’s empty.”
Fifty Minutes Later
“Hutton, where the heck are you?” Kahn said into his phone angrily. He had a cigar in his right hand and was pacing about the room.
“Making arrangements for tomorrow,” Hutton replied in a confident tone from the other end. “What’s happening?”
“Pitt has just been abducted,” Kahn broke the news.
“What? What the bleep!”
“Yeah, I missed his calls and I saw the notifications about thirty minutes ago. I called back immediately but he did not answer, only to get a call from Taveo two minutes ago telling me he was kidnapped.” Kahn explained.
“That’s a hell of a mess!” Hutton exclaimed. “I’ll be back to your residence in few minutes time.”
“Please get here as quick as you can,” Kahn urged.
“Yeah, in the meantime, reach out to everyone and tell them to be on guard and restrict their movements.”
The FOX Corporation,
“Sir, we’ve confirmed that it wasn’t a bomb explosion. They were fire crackers,” the agent reported to Paul Edwards.
“Are you sure of this?” Paul questioned.
“Yes, it was an XL firecracker, a powerful one, it was banned from public use since 2013.” The Agent replied. “There were no serious causalities, only a few people got injured from the rush.”
“Good!” Paul heaved a sigh of relief. “You may leave now, thanks.”
The agent saluted and turned out of the chairman’s office.
Paul drew his swivel closer to the table and picked his phone.
“Hey! Please come to my office now,” he said briefly and ended the call.
He continued with some pen and paper work with until he heard a knock at the door.
“Come in,” he said in loud voice.
Agent Steve stepped into the office and proceeded forward.
“Good afternoon sir,” agent Steve greeted.
“Good morning agent,” Paul replied before dropping his pen and looking up. “You said you had a request to make, what’s it about?”
“Yes sir, it’s the bomb scare earlier today at the basketball arena in Benuit.”
“What about it?”
“I’ll like to get involve with my team,” Steve stated.
“It’s a police case, not ours.” Paul said in a dismissal tone and picked up his pen to continue working.
“Sir, I followed the news and checked the footages and I’m sure we do need to get involved.” Steve said convincingly.
“Why?” The man frowned. “What’s your business with it? It’s not even a casualty in our district,” the FOX chairman looked puzzled at him.
“Yes sir, but I’ve been following some of these related crimes.” Steve replied. “I studied the footages of the crime scenes an hour ago and spotted Simon Perry in the video.
Paul raised his brows. “Are you sure?”
“Yes sir, the exact body framework” Steve affirmed, taking out a flash drive from his pocket. “He was one of the men who kidnapped the man Pitt.”
“Do you have the videos there?” Paul asked, already opening up his laptop which was on sleep mode.
“Yes,” Steve answered and turned round to the other side of the table with the drive.
Paul Edwards typed in his password and unlocked the computer. He collected the flash drive from Steve and plugged it in.
The drive was scanned and was automatically opened. There was only one folder in it. He clicked the folder open and opened the only video file in it.
It began to play and showed the scene at the GRE road in Benuit.
“Here’s the man who’s got the same shape as Simon,” Steve said after ninety seconds of playing the video.
The video showed masked Henry lifting up one of Pitt’s bodyguard with a hand and slamming him on the screen of the car, shattering the glasses. After that, he pulled him up again and slammed his head to the aluminum gate which the car had crashed into.
He then opened the door to the backseat of the car and dragged out Pitt Raph forcefully. He dragged him to the black Venza and pushed him to the ground.
After tying up the man and gagging him in ninety seconds. He was bundled into the boot of the vehicle. Two other people, a man and a woman joined the black Venza and they drove away.
“Wow! We really got to get involved in this,” Paul let out a breath and rested his back. “Reach out to the relations department immediately and let the case transfer be done.”
“Thank you sir,” Steve said as he closed the video and ejected the flash drive.
“But…” Paul frowned as he realized something inconsistent with the video.
“How did they get away in that narrow road?” Paul asked. “I could hear some more gunshots.”
“We’d find out sir, I guess the ladies in the video controlled the traffic, but we would confirmed.”
“Okay, find out and be sure the abductors were not more than four in number.”
“Alright sir,” Steve answered.
He walked back towards the door but stopped before he got there, he made a salute before he turned again and walked out.
Paul leaned over the table after Steve was out. He picked his phone and dialed his son’s number.
“Hello son,” he said, almost in whispers.
“Hello Dad,” the son replied.
Paul sighed again before talking. “I’m coming to see Austin tonight.”
“Hutton, I’ve got a call from Pitt,” Kahn said, walking into the living room from the hallway.
Hutton was sitting at the table. He had his laptop opened but already in the sleep mode as he was busy strategizing in his mind.
“Answer the call and let’s hear what they have to say,” he replied Kahn.
Kahn answered and put the call in loudspeaker.
“Hey Elvis Kahn, how are you?” They heard a voice ask cheerfully. It wasn’t the voice of Pitt. Kahn remained silent without replying. “Well, I’m Carl Winston and it’s really nice to meet you. I need to know if you can help me deliver a message to your friend, the strategist.”
“And what the hell could you want from him?” Kahn finally replied, mentioning his words slowly
“Well, I’m yet to do anything to Pitt. I’ve not even asked him a single question,” Carl continued. “I plan to deliver him to the FOX with enough information for him to be linked to you all.”
“So, why are you telling me this?”
“I want to make you an offer,” Carl answered and took a few seconds pause. “Tell the strategist to give me Wilson in return for Pitt and we’re good.”
Kahn let out a deep breath at this point and stared at Hutton’s face.
Hutton made a nod, urging him to agree to the offer.
“Deal, you bring Pitt, we give you Wilson.” Kahn replied.
“So, we decide a location and meet this night.” Carl replied.
“Good enough, but how am I sure you haven’t gotten any information from Pitt yet?”
“I haven’t but even if I have, you must have also gotten information about me from Wilson, so it would only be equal.” Carl replied.
Kahn chuckled. “What location do we meet?”
To be continued…….+1January 15, 2021 at 3:25 am #1427470
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Pls,more comment here or I will stop posting it for time being+1January 15, 2021 at 10:30 am #1427525Abdullah Iyiola MuhammedMember
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Humm more tension. Next episode on restless……………..+1January 15, 2021 at 10:48 am #1427533sweetMember
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Henry and the team should be more careful now,,why is Henry refusing to talk Sheila? this girl is getting in to trouble because of him,,she sef he told her not to involved but she didn’t listening+1January 15, 2021 at 12:03 pm #1427542sweetMember
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are you sure those people we agree to bring Wilson to u? I pray the should accept+1
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