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Restless – Episode 131
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© Oyinloye Oluwatosin Emmanuel
The FOX men were still busy with the investigations even though none of the details made sense to them. They had found out Jones Gatar’s death and how it was related to the case and had since then dedicated themselves to finding investigating Jones’ recent activities before his death.
Sitting in the room were seven FOX agents including Agent Dan, all of them silent and their eyes fixed on their desktops. Dan had received a call from Steve at the headquarters an hour ago, telling him that he had less than two hours to give a useful report. With less than an hour left, Dan had still not been able to draw up the required report.
The door to the office they were sitting opened and a man stepped in. He looked around and located Dan where he was sitting, he walked to him quickly.
“Agent Dan,” he whispered as he bent over beside him.
“Sir?” Dan turned his face to the man.
“You have to follow me right now,” the man said and stood up straight.
“Oh, okay.” Dan let out a sigh as he quickly saved his work and got up.
The man who came to call him led the way and he followed. They stepped out of the office and the man led Dan to his own office which was some metres away. He opened the door and asked Dan to step in.
Dan walked in and took two steps forward before he stopped. A man was sitting in a swivel behind the table. Dan could only see his back view but he could tell at once that it was Paul Edwards.
“He’s here sir,” the man who led Dan in said as he walked past Dan to the table.
“Thanks, I’ve seen him already,” Paul said as he turned the swivel back.
“Good afternoon sir,” Dan made a quick salute as the man turned him.
“Good afternoon Dan,” Paul Edwards replied his greeting. “Only the two of you in this office knows of my presence here, I needed to join this investigation to make it quick but I’m doing it secretly. You shouldn’t include my input in your report for now, is that clear?”
Dan squinted at him for a while, his lips partially apart. What the chairman was asking him to do was against the ethics of their job.
Paul sensed what Dan had in mind and he explained to clarify the instruction. “I mean you can’t include my input in your report until the case is finished successfully.”
“Oh, alright sir.” Dan nodded.
“Great, I understand from your last report that the Simon Perry team seems to be a step ahead of us. I’m not sure if any progress has been made today, please tell me if there has been.”
“No sir, I’m sorry we haven’t taken any step ahead yet.”
“That means Simon Perry’s team must be miles ahead of us now, not just a step.” Paul said and Dan couldn’t reply. “I’m here for this reason anyway,” Paul turned slightly and picked a pen and jotter from the table. “This case involves the daughter of one of the most powerful men in Africa, the FOX will be under fire from every part of the world if she happens to die in the hands of culprits the FOX have been after for months.”
Dan was still silent and staring at the man.
“Now, I need a verbal report of what you’ve done today so far. After that, you can send me a copy of the detailed report.”
Dan took in a breath and swallowed in. He has doubts in his mind and wasn’t sure he could trust Paul Edwards, especially now that Paul’s involvement in the case was a secret. He also recalled that Paul had been once linked to terrorists by his team, but no further proofs had been seen since then.
“You need to start talking, we don’t have much time.” Paul Edwards said impatiently when he noticed Dan wasn’t talking.
“We met Jones Gatar and we’ve been following his recent activities, we have successfully traced his call records to men who were present at the SheiDev firm on n Sunday and we’ve been trying to trace the activities of the men linked to him.”
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“Which of the men at the SheiDev company was linked to him?” Paul interrupted.
“From his recent call records, he made contact with two of the fake Ministry Inspectors who went to the company on the day of the casualty. They ended up being the abductors.” Dan answered.
“Have you tried the two fake Inspectors?”
“Yes, we’ve been trying to. But the sim cards were registered with identities of dead people. They also made no calls with the numbers until the next day,” Dan answered.
“Have you traced the location they made the calls from?”
“Yes, they were at different locations the next days. We have about nine different locations till today.”
“Have you been to any?”
“Not yet sir, we need to narrow down the locations to focus on.”
Paul jumped to his feet and picked his phones from the table. “You would send those locations to my personal email address, I’ll also work on them and keep in touch with you.”
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Dave, Hannah and Cole had taken down three of the four men and only left the driver untouched. However, a mini explosive device was wrapped around his body and Dave had the switch in his hands. The explosive device was a type used in breaking small hard materials, and would in this case, tear the driver’s body in pieces once it was activated. The driver was forced to continue driving the vehicle.
The trio had changed into the clothes worn by the men they took down. Dave was sitting in front with the driver. He had the switch of the explosive device on his hand and his thumb on the button, keeping the driver constantly in fear. Cole and Hannah were sitting behind.
Before they left the previous point, they had also taken out weapons from inside the bus. The weapons had been hidden inside the goods which the four men had taken from the Waait market.
They had left the road full of potholes and moved into a smoother section. The new area of the road seemed to have never been constructed with concrete before but made movement easier as the ground was well leveled with the soil.
“I think we’re close to the first point,” Dave announced as he spotted two men afar off. He glanced back and made a signal to his partners, then he stared again at the driver and raised the switch in his hand visibly for the man to see. “I’ll push the button if I notice any suspicious move.”
The men Dave spotted in front were sitting on a rock under a tree by the left hand side of the road. They seemed to have seen their vehicle coming but bothered not to get up.
The driver slowed down as he approached the point.
“Ma bor (Well done),” the driver waved to the men and they waved back at him without suspicions. None of them got up to check since they knew it was the vehicle that had passed to get food stuffs.
Dave heaved a sigh of relief. He hadn’t thought it was going to be so easy passing that point. He had expected to see more men at the check point and a brief check on the vehicle.
His relief was however short-lived as they proceeded. He realized the men at the check point weren’t all, some men were hiding in the bushes.
“Be on your guard guys, some men are in the bushes. They could recognize any of us as strange,” Dave warned the two others.
Dave counted up to five other men hiding in the bushes as their vehicles passed, he knew there would be some other men at other points where he couldn’t get his eyes to.
Safely, they left that check point and continued for another thirty minutes before they saw another check point ahead. There were five men standing in the visible areas at this point. At the left side, three were sitting on different stones and one was standing. The fifth man was at the right hand side, he was resting on a tree and smoking tobacco.
Dave placed his elbow on the window and rested his right cheek on his spread out palm like he was tired. That way, he covered part of his face from the man standing at the right hand side.
The driver slowed down again as was required when approaching the point. He hailed the men who were also staring at the vehicle and continued on a normal speed after he passed the point.
Dave again noticed more men in the bushes, he counted more than ten men this time around.
“How many more check points do we have to pass through?” Dave asked the man fifteen minutes after they left the second check point. He took out his device while waiting for the man to answer his question.
“Just one more and the gate,” the driver answered.
Dave silently opened his map to check the distance from where they were to Sisa and he could see that they had about forty minutes to get there. It meant the next check point was less than fifteen minutes to where they were.
“Pull over here,” Dave commanded the driver.
He turned to stare at Dave’s face, wondering if he heard rightly.
“Pull over,” Dave repeated.
The driver obeyed.
Dave took out the phone they seized from him and gave it to him.
“Call and tell them in the camp that the bus has developed some fault, request for another bus to come pick the goods while you fix this.”
The man stared at Dave’s face in confusion. He was reluctant to take the phone until Dave lifted the other hand to remind him about the explosive device around his body.
Paul Edwards now had his suit taken off and was dressed in what seemed like a military outfit. He was sitting behind a computer and had his hand on the mouse, he had a pistol on either side of the desktop. His phones were also on the left side beside the pistol.
He picked one of the phones and dialed a number. “Dan, have you gone through the two locations I sent you?”
“Yes, I have and we’re sending men to spy the places right away.”
“I’m leading men to Sisa, you lead them to the other location. I’ve sent messages to security offices Nationwide and we’d have enough backup when we need them.”
“Okay sir,” Dan replied.
“Do keep me informed,” Paul said and then ended the call. He turned to see his friend already standing behind him. He was also dressed in the military outfit and looked ready for war.
“You look smart in that, but you don’t have to come with us.” Paul said to him.
“I can’t stay back, we’d have to do this together.”
To be continued