RAIDERS OF THE INNOCENT - Episode 13

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“Lekke, was the poison added to his dinner?” Michael asked. His whispered even though he was alone in his office early in the morning. “Yes, I got Jasuma to do it. He must be having a reunion with his father and grandfather on the other side now.” “Wonderful. I will call you back later. I am sure his orderlies will soon call to inform me of his passing. This is the beginning of a new era.” “Yes, an era with me as the vice president,” Lekke emphasized. “You are right, my dear. I will see you soon, okay?” “Yes darling!” Lekke hung up and placed the phone to her chest. Me, the new vice president of Jinga! She thought with a glimmer in her eyes.

“Bature, have you been able to find out who this young man is?” asked Michael. “Yes, sir. I looked into the account. It belongs to one Mr. Dinka Asike, but I think it is an alias. My search came up blank. The address he used to create the account is fake too, he does not live there. We have already checked it out.” “Find him, Bature…find him!!!” “I will sir.” “In the meantime, have you arranged with the CEO of Stanbic Bank to prevent the money from being moved once I make the transfer?” “Yes, sir. The money will be locked down for at least, seventy two hours. We will find him before that time elapses.” “Good, get to work, Bature. Find him for me, and when you do, put a bullet in his head, kay?” “You can count on me, sir.” “Have you found Kasaru or his wife?” “Not yet, sir.” “Find him….Find them!!!”


“Mrs. Izere, I want you to transfer one hundred millions Shillings from the federation account via the ministry of Finance to this account. I want everything to be kept secret. Make sure you call the CEO of Stanbic Bank to let him know that a transfer is coming through before you make the transfer. He knows what to do,” Michael instructed one of his personal assistants that dealt with finances. Mrs. Izere was a trusted confidant with whom he had worked for years. “Yes, sir. I will take care of that.”

Michael was working frantically all morning to tie all loose ends. He had his staff arrive early to get things going. He peered at his watch and it was not even 6:00AM yet. A look of satisfaction swept across his face momentarily. He took his phone one more time to dial Badmus Gege, then his cell phone rang. He hung up the landline and picked up his cell phone.

“I got an alert. The money was transferred. It is good to know that you can keep your words. Now, what about Sale?” Dinkara asked. “I told you he has been summoned by the senate. I was hoping to avoid that, but I am under immense pressure to have him appear before the senate, so I have to send him to the senate later today. He will be released afterwards unless the senate decides to detain him further, which will no longer be under my control.” “I want you to do everything you can to get him released, “said Dinakra. “I know you can do that.” “I don’t control the senate.” “You control who you want to, Mr. President.”

After the call, Michael dialed Badmus Gege. “I have a few things I need you to do for me, old friend.” He declared. “What might that be, Mr. President?” “You don’t have to call me that, Badmus. You and I have come a long wait from way back in University.” “You are right my friend, but you are still my president.” “Just call me Michael, my friend.” “Okay, what can I do for you.” “There is a hearing in senate today. My former chief security officer, Colonel Sale will be appearing before senate. I am not sure what is going on, but I know there is trouble. I want you to work for me. Some other things I cannot talk about will be coming up later today too.

“I want you to first, mobilize the House of Representatives for me. When the time comes, I will need your support to the fullest. I will explain in greater detail later in the day. Secondly, I want you to pull some strings for me in the senate. Find out what this hearing is all about. I want you to work with my friend, Dr. Kadiri in the senate to make sure that my interest is protected. I guarantee twenty million Shillings to you afterwards. In a week’s time, I will wire the money to your Swiss Bank account.” “You have my support, Mr. President. I will be waiting for more explanations. I am ready to work for you as ever!” “Thank you my friend.

The president hung up, smiling even more. Badmus Gege was the man the vice president, the senate president and the speaker of the house had earmarked to take over the speaker position following the impeachment of the president and subsequent promotion of Dr. Bello, the speaker to the position of the vice president. Michael was not aware of the plan though…he was working frantically to plug all possible holes that might affect him. He dialed Dr. Kadiri and asked him to work with Badmus in his interest, and Dr. Kadiri declared his stalwart support for the president.

“Mr. President, I am calling to inform you that the vice president, and your dear friend, Chief Uloke Adingo is dead,” Monti said somberly over the phone to the president. “What? What killed him?” Michael shouted with feigned concern. “I don’t know sir, but the doctor declared him dead a few minutes ago. He instructed me to transfer his body immediately to a designated mortuary in a hospital in him home state, Lendue. I have sent his body to Lendue, sir. I had to obey the orders of a dying man. He was in so much pain earlier this morning.”

“It is okay, Monti. You are a loyal servant. Have you told his wife?” “Not yet, sir.” ‘Then leave that to me. I am on my way to her right away. I will summon a joint meeting of the legislature immediately to inform them before briefing the press. You must keep this quiet, by all means!” “Yes, sir.”

When Lekke opened the door to her flat within the vice presidential lodge at the villa, she wore a black gown and her head was covered with a black scarf. She had heard the commotion earlier, so she knew that Uloke was being taken to hospital. The soldiers had instructed her to stay away. “I am very sorry, Lekke,” Michael said solemnly. “Please don’t tell me he is dead!!!” Lekke shouted. Michael held her and they both entered the flat. Immediately they were inside, Lekke began to giggle, throwing off her dress and flinging her naked body at Michael. Hurriedly, he undressed and they had a quickie on the couch.

“I bet he is lying dead watching the next vice president of Jinga making love to the president,” Lekke said sarcastically after she and Michael had climaxed. “Now, let the new era begin,” Michael said. “So, you will make me the vice president?” “Of course. No one will oppose it. You are the mourning wife of my best friend and late vice president. I have taken care of the legislature. No one will stop us.” “I trust you love…one will give me the greatest satisfaction is when all this is over and you ditch that your old wife and we get married.” “I am fed up with her…I can’t wait!”


Rumor began to spread across the federal capital, Ilude that the vice president was dead. By 1:00PM, the President entered the senate chamber where both the senator and members of the House of Representatives awaited his speech. Sale’s appearance in the house had been suspended following an urgent speech on a matter of extreme national importance. There was pin drop silence in the house when the president took his seat beside the senate president and speaker of the house.

“Dear senators and honorable members of the house, it is with a deep heart and immense sorrow that I announce to you the passing of my dear friend, a servant of this great nation, a humble, honest and hardworking man who catered for the poor and worked for the ordinary man – the vice president of the nation, Chief Uloke Adingo.” “What? Hmmmm!!! Oh my God!!!” There were echoes of sadness through the house. A moment of silence was observed in the house before the president proceeded.

“Chief Adingo is currently resting in a mortuary in his home town, according to his personal wish. I have set up a committee to organize a befitting burial for Chief Uloke.” Michael paused for a moment, scanned the house and then began again. “In light of the responsibilities of governance at hand…especially when you factor in our current maritime boundary skirmish with our neighbors to the south, it is imperative that we keep the government running. In view of that, I do hereby recommend…and this is with a deep sense of respect for what Chief Uloke would have wanted if he had been alive, perhaps resigned his position. I recommend Mrs. Lekke Uloke as the next vice president of the country.”

Michael paused and looked around the massive auditorium. “What? But her husband just died.” “Well, she is certainly very qualified!” “Should this happen now? She needs to mourn her husband properly.” “But we need to keep things going nonetheless!” “Yes, she is definitely qualified, even though the timing is off.” There were lots of murmurs in the house. “I like to say that she will not assume office fully until after her husband’s funeral,” Michael added. “She has served in multiple capacities for this nation. She is an excellent public administrator, a hard worker and a woman of great intelligence. How much more can we honor Uloke than to pick his wife, his best friend, is confidant to replace him?” Michael pressed.

At this point, some of the dissenting voices kept quiet. “I guess the president is right,” they murmured. Dr. Kadiri and his men peddled their support through the aisles for the president’s nomination. “I think we should put this to a vote, the senate President and the speaker of the house,” Michael suggested, gesturing at Duruike Issong and Dr. Bello who sat not far from him. “Yes, we have to put this to a vote,” Duruike said. Then, a large door behind the president opened. “Ahh!!!” What?” “Is that a ghost or what?” “What is going on here?” Members of the legislature asked in shock as the vice president, Chief Uloke Adingo walked through the wide doors and into the senate chambers.

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