“Someone who is very concerned about the safety of your secret family, we’ve got them right here with us in our place. They’re a bit scared but I assure you they are fine and unharmed. I must say, though, they’re quite beautiful, both the boy who looks exactly like you and his mother. My boss and I have been looking at them for about half an hour now and wondering if your wife knows about your, eh, how did my boss put it again… right, your co-curricular activities. We were also wondering exactly how much they are worth to you alive and how much you are willing to sacrifice to get them back completely unharmed?”
Dr. Udoh felt the cold sweat break out on his forehead. “Please, leave them alone. Just tell me what you people want. No matter the amount I will make sure you people get it.”
“Smart man,” said the voice with approval. “I will take you up on the offer, but it is not money we want from you.” said the voice. “We want you to take the simple step of withdrawing from the current elections for personal reasons you cannot disclose. You may run for governor another day, another election, I don’t care, but not this time.”
Dr. Udoh felt the bile rising in his throat. He swallowed hard and forced his voice to sound calm as he spoke. “Please, can’t we…can’t we reach another kind of agreement? If I withdrew from the elections now I’m dead, but I can win it and be in a better position to offer you great things.”
Dr. Udoh dropped the phone on the side table and collapsed backward in the armchair dejectedly. He closed his eyes and sat quietly for a long time, trying to think but his mind refused to work. He heard rapid footsteps approaching and opened his eyes again to see Bassey return.
Bassey saw the look of utter defeat on Dr. Udoh’s face and he knew at once. He’d seen the same look many times in the six years he had been doing top-level security work for big politicians. The look always meant that the opposition had them by the balls and disaster wasn’t too far away.
Bassey went over and took the phone. He replayed the recording and listened carefully to the hard male voice.
“We are dealing with professionals, not common thugs, and the governor or someone in his camp must be behind them, At least we know where exactly to start looking now.” Bassey nodded and held out the phone. “You need to talk directly to the senators in Abuja at once.”
Dr. Udoh made no move to take the phone. “I’m afraid they will alert the security agencies at once and that will lead to these people killing my family.”
Dr. Udoh took a deep breath and let out it in a heavy sigh then reached out and took the phone. He speed-dialed and put it to his ear.
The call went straight to Abuja, the seat of the Nigerian government and also the location of the national headquarters of the ruling political party, the APC. It lasted fifteen minutes and right after, another call went from the party’s national headquarters to the national headquarters of the Department of State Security across the city. Within ten minutes a category one flash order from Abuja landed on the desk of the head of the Rivers State branch of the DSS, Senior Special Agent Mike Ayigbe, and seconds later his chief of operations, Special Agent Jude Ibe, got his hands on it,
Chief Wilson, the executive governor of River State had many people in his pocket and one of them was Special Agent Jude Ibe of the DSS. The governor got his hands on the details of the order quickly enough and wasted little time in passing it on. Within minutes Chief Emeka Peter had been warned and he passed the information swiftly on to Helen Benson who gave the orders that had several men swing into action at once.
To Be Continued…..
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