Bridget: “I want my lawyer! I want my lawyer!”
Dele signaled the female detector as she resumed her duty. Punching, slapping and whipping Bridget,
Dele gave her a sign to stop,
Dele: “Are you ready to talk?”
Panting and crying, she nodded,
Bridget: “water! Please, water!” Dele ordered for her to be given water; after taking the water she felt relieved and alive again but the pains were ever present, “Thank you! Thank you!! Yes I’ll talk!”
Dele drew a chair and sat,
Dele: “I am listening!”
Bridget: “John and I were lovers before his death.”
Dele: “Really? And you and his wife are best of friends?” Bridget nodded, “So, why did you kill him?”
She kept quiet all of a sudden. Dele’s attempt to make her talk proved abortive,
“I see! You don’t wanna talk right?”he nodded beckoned on the female detector to resume her duty.
She brought out a plier and held one of Bridget’s finger with it. Bridget was screaming and yelling as the pains ran through her veins,
Bridget: “I’ll talk! I will ooo!”
Dele told her to stop, he resumed his sitting position and asked Bridget to speak up,
“Yes, I killed John. But it was an act of jealousy. I didn’t want to share him with anyone not even his wife. I have been trying to get pregnant for him but it didn’t seem like I was going to get pregnant. I was two days away from my period and I want him to spend the night with me. That was my window period. The period I would easily take in but he insisted on going home that night. So I manipulated my friend thinking if she picks up a fight with him he’d come over to my place only for him to go over his young girlfriend’s place. I followed him there and watched every of his mood closely,” she paused.
Dele: “I see, so how did you kill him?”
She stared sobbing,
Bridget: “I don’t know what came over me!” she continued crying, “I am sorry! I am sorry!”
Dele allowed her to finish crying and asked again,
Dele: “how did you kill him?”
Bridget: “Like I said I watched them closely and noticed that they had gone in and the door was opened so I sneaked in. waiting for the right moment immediately the girl went to the bathroom and John was about dozing off. I used the handkerchief I had smeared chemical on to murder him,”she broke into tears again, “I’m sorry!”
Dele nodded and asked Bridget to be taken to her cell; he smiled and lit his cigarette- he smoked as he walked away.
Henry had tried calling Rooney, the Whiteman, but network seemed to be disrupting the call. He tried the number again,
Henry: “hello,”he said as he picked,
Rooney: “Who is this?” but this voice sounded distant,
Henry: “This is Henry the cab guy whom you forgot your luggage in his bag,”he said but it seemed Rooney didn’t hear him and the call ended. He sent a text but it didn’t deliver. He sat on the boot of his car thinking after pacing around like a mad man- who was confused on what to use the money for. Now that he had decided to return the money network was messing up. He jumped down again and went for a pee. Since he saw the cash that had become his routine, go for a pee, walk around, and talk to himself. He tried the number and it wasn’t reachable. He was becoming frustrated.
Was that a sign that he should run away with the money? He thought. A part of him wanted him to keep the money the other wanted him to return it. He entered the car and opened the suite case and quickly closed it,
Henry: “Jesus!” he was breathing hard.
Sweat ran down the whole of his body. What should he do? He asked.
“Maybe I should just keep this money to myself and spend it. I don’t know how much it is exactly but it is a whole lot of money. I should keep it! I should!” he whispered to himself. He laid back on the chair in frustration. It was getting to one in the afternoon and he hadn’t started the day’s job. He was hungry but food was the least of his problem.
“What should I do na?”
He had a strong conviction that he should take the money,
“Who knows I might take it and become a hero but if I keep it I might be caught and I’ll go to jail. I’ll be a villain!” he shook his head, “I am going with the cash!”
He tried Rooney’s number again and it went through. When he told Rooney that he was with his stash of cash. Rooney was all excited,
Rooney: “I promise to reward you handsomely, my friend!”
They agreed to meet at Sheraton. Quickly he started the engine and was on his way. They kept communicating as he was on his way. He drove very fast he was tired of having the cash with him. He wasn’t ready for blood pressure for that was what the sight if the cash was doing to him.
Henry: “Oh,my God!!!” Henry hit his steering as he meet a very long hold up. It was a Police check point.
Rooney was getting tensed. As he kept calling Henry. The holdup took close to an hour,
The police with a gun yelled at Henry and ordered him to pack. Henry got carried away talking to Rooney on the phone,
Policeman: “Heys,Park here!”
Two police officers surrounded the car, one by the driver’s side and the other by the passenger’s side. It added minutes to the hold up.
Henry knowing his offence dropped the call and apologized. They shook their heads,
Policeman: “You’re following us to the station!”
Henry: “ah, Offciers abeg. I’m supposed drop a parcel for my oga. I am late ooo,please! Abeg! Maik I just find something for una na?” as he was about to hand two hundred naira note to the one by his side, the one opposite him spotted the suite case and a note was showing. Henry didn’t lock the suite case properly because he was rushing. He whispered to his colleague,
Policeman 2: “O boy,show, show, show! Dis man na criminal oo!” the first Policeman ran over to his colleagues’,
Policeman: “Wetin?” he pointed at the suite case Henry’s eye went there.
Henry: “oh my God. Why was I this careless?”he whispered.
They chorused, “What’s in this case?”
Henry: “Money. Foreign currency but it’s for Whiteman I carried. I am taking it to him!”
Policeman2: “I see. For a whiteman you killed right?”
Henry’s face flushed with fear,
Henry: “Officer noo! I didn’t oo. See I am going to give him the money. See his number you can talk to him!”
One of them jumped into the car,
Policeman: “Carry em go station! Criminal!”
Henry tried explaining to them but they refused to listen to him
Henry: “ officer call em abi maik I dail the number talk to em!”
Policeman 2: “Maik we dey gooooo! Station hear we come,”he had a stench of alcohol, a hot drink to be precise,
Henry was angry but he had to obey. As he drove them to the station, the Police officer was whistling Fela’s song. Rooney kept calling when he eventually picked he was about explaining the situation to him when the officer pointed the gun at him and ordered him to drop the call. Henry didn’t have a choice. He was sure Rooney would be summoning fire and brimstone thinking he had being duped or robbed.
At the station Henry was meant to sit behind the counter as they asked him to wait for the DPO that his issue was a serious one- a very big crime as they said. Minutes later, he saw some men being dragged in. he knew them. It was Swagger and some boys. They had being caught for robbery and Prof was the man behind it. He arranged the guns and the deals for them. He had a Police friend who supplied them with guns. Most of the robbery in town they were responsible for it. Swagger and his men were badly beaten.
One of the Policemen said, “So na di idiots bi dis?”
About seven Police officers had attacked them and caught them although not all. Some ran away. A dead body was dragged.
The officer that dragged the body in said, “Na dia godfather bi dis. Chairman for park!”
“Dat Oyibo master?” one asked.
He nodded, Henry stood from the bench he was on and peeped. It was Prof with his glasses. He had a broken arm and leg. Henry’s heart increased- he felt tension but he didn’t know why. Did he feel sorry for prof?
The Officer in charge ordered Prof’s body to be taken away and the boys taken inot guard room. It was said that after discovering that Prof was the brain behind the gang, they raided his office and he tried to escape and in the process of running he was shot at twice, on the leg and arm.
Henry: “I can’t imagine the grammar he must have been spewing out before dying,”he thought and smiled.
Henry’s case was reported to the DPO upon arrival and Rooney was called and he provided evidence that the cash was his and Henry wasn’t a thief but a good smaritan.
DPO: “You know young man. I am so proud of you. I wish most Nigerians were like you!” he shook Henry’s hand, “sorry for victimizing you in the first place. You know the high rate of criminals these days it’s just difficult to trust anyone.”
Henry: “No offence at all sir. You are doing your duty. I am just glad I have been vindicated!”
They shook hands again,
DPO: “You remind me of an American movie I watched it’s a story about a hero. And he was referred to as Captain America. Permit me to call you, Captain Nigeria!”
Everyone cheered him and all the officer present saluted him. He was given excorts as he went to give Rooney his money. It became a national story. Major dailies had the story although the first to break the news was his favourite blog ADELOVE.COM.
Bola dressed in a beautiful red gown with a touch of blue and blue high heels marched into Dele’s office. Dele was dazed; he was surprised to have her visit,
Dele: “What a surprise?” she smiled as she stood before him. He was carried away and just staring at her. Indeed she looked beautiful.
Bola: “lemme help myself. Since this uniformed men has lost his gentility,” she sat down and Dele broke into a very loud laughter,
Dele: “forgive my manners.You’re welcomed!”
Bola: “You know the first time we met. I was your victim. You were my torturer,”he laughed.
They got talking as Dele got her laughing all trhough.
First Lady had looked for Henry and apologized to her. Life had become miserable for her, her husband’s assets. And she had nothing again. Herself and the kids lived from hand to mouth. Henry forgave her.
Rooney employed Henry into the telecommunication he had set up and made arrangements for him to go abroad for further studies in telecommunications. Rooney had plans of making him the country’s manager.
Henry’s marriage was a very big one. Dignitaries attended, the good deed still spoke for him. It was on the news too;
CAPTAIN NIGERIA SET TO WED.
The venue of the wedding wasn’t a church but a garden. The setting was beautiful.
Pastor: “You can now kiss the bride!”
Henry smiled,bent his head unveil her and kissed her and whispered to her ears,
Henry: “I love you,Shola!”
Shola was looking very beautiful. Bola, who was her chief’s bride maid teased her,
Bola: “You’re the most beautiful bride on earth!”
Henry and Shola went for their honeymoon in a small European country. Everything was sponsored by his boss, Rooney.
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