Tangle (Episode 13)
Malik tried all he could to settle the problem but his effort yielded nothing. He had to write a cheque of a fat amount of money to bail himself and Peter out, but as for the truck and its content, they made it clear to him that it has been impounded.
Malik got home late afternoon feeling very tired and exhausted. The look on his face was enough to tell his friend that all didn’t go well.
‘What happened? Hope nothing went wrong with the distribution?’ Jeff inquired.
‘You can’t believe it, we ran into those stupid roadside policemen and they arrested us’ Malik answered.
‘Arrested you? Base on what? Did they see the consignment?’ He asked again.
‘They said our truck ran away from the custom carrying contraband goods days ago and since then it has been on the wanted list’ Malik explained.
‘But we never had an encounter with any customs agent’ Jeff said still amazed.
‘I suspect a foul play here; I will go back to the station after relaxing and having lunch. I must make sure our goods leave the station today’ Malik answered.
‘We have to get it out before the cops discover the true identity of our product. I must come with you this time’ Jeff said.
‘But you aren’t fully recovered yet’ Malik replied.
‘I insist I go with you, If this deal got bad you know it’s both our asses on the line’ Jeff muttered.
After a few moments, both guys head out to the police station with every legal weapon they have, well determined to get their goods out by all means. On getting to the police station, they went straight to see the D.P.O. After spending a few minutes with him, they realized that the case is no longer with the police and their truck has been taking away by the custom. They begged him to give them the name and number of the customs officer in charge of the case, which he eventually gave them after a small tip. As suspected, there was indeed a foul play. Captain Thomas Bakare is the man behind all the action, a man who was on their monthly payroll a few years ago until they cut him off due to a misunderstanding they had, now he is keen on having his revenge.
‘What do we do now?’ Malik asked after they left the police station.
‘We have to go see that bastard. It seems he is now hungry, am sure he would release our goods after we grease his palm’ Jeffery assured and they proceeded on their way to see Captain Thomas. They drove their car into the custom’s headquarter where Captain Thomas office was sited. He was a high ranked custom officer which made the guys formed an alliance with him. He gave them safe passage through the border and they, in turn, pumped cash into his bank account. Their friendship ended when he seized their goods and demanded a huge ransom from them, which they paid before they severed all ties they had with him and find another means of importing their goods.
The door to Captain Thomas’ office opened and the two friends stepped in.
The captain, a man in his early forties sat down reading a document with the help of his eyeglasses.
‘Hello guys, it’s nice seeing you again’ he greeted with a smile.
‘You son of a bitch, how dare you to seize our goods’ Jeffery said angrily.
‘Oh Jeff, don’t be so rude? Come have a sit and let’s talk like gentlemen’ Captain said making a gesture for them to sit down.
‘First, you guys have to understand something, am not the one who seized your goods, it’s the law. Am just an employer with no choice than to do the job given to me’ Thomas explained.
‘Let’s cut the crap Captain, how much do you want this time?’ Malik asked frankly.
Malik’s question made Thomas burst into laughter.
‘What can I possibly want from you people? I have no right to demand anything from you guys, I am well paid by the government I work for’ Thomas replied.
‘State your price Captain and let us take our goods home’ Jeff said angrily.
‘Sorry guys, no matter how much you pay, your goods aren’t getting out of here. It’s gone just forget about it and move on with your life’ He confessed.
They begged Captain Thomas with an enticing sum of money but he turned deaf ears to their pleas. They left his office and head home with disappointment.
Written by Oluwafunminiyi Komolafe
TANGLE Episode 26
Tangle episode 26
‘Helen is this really you?’Jeffery asked.
‘Am sorry for leaving you guys’ Helen said solemnly.
‘Why did you change your mind?’ Malik asked.
‘Because I need some money to take care of my mom. She tried her best to raise me with the little she has, so I think it’s time I pay her back but I can’t do that by selling fish. I need real money, please guys help me out’ she begged.
‘But you insulted me on phone just now’ Malik said.
‘Me?’ Helen asked surprisingly. She ransacked her pocket and bag in search of her mobile phone but she couldn’t find it.
‘Oh, I left my phone at home. It must have been aunty Sikira who talked to you. She was infuriated when I told her I was leaving’ Helen said.
‘Thank God you are back, girl but before you can start working with us officially you have to talk to our boss’ Jeffery said.
The chairman called at exactly seven pm and they all sat down beside the TV.
‘Good evening sir’ they greeted.
‘Evening my loyal employee, I can see the new lady is here’ the image on the screen said.
‘Yes sir, her name is Adebimpe but we call her Helen’ Malik announced.
‘Am very much happy to be part of your workers’ sir’ Helen said.
‘Ok but you must work hard to earn my reward. Guys let’s talk about our next business.
This operation is simple but delicate. A guy will arrive at the airport in Lagos by 2 p.m tomorrow, he will be carrying several luggage but I need you to get me one thing from him, his bread’ the chairman paused.
‘Bread?’ Jeffery asked to be sure he heard right.
‘Yes bread, Helen you will help them distract his attention, I heard this guy has an eye for good looking girls. Guys please make this a clean job, steal the bread and replace it with another. He mustn’t know you stole from him.
‘Okay sir, but once we have the bread what do we do with it?’ Malik asked.
‘I will call you 7 p.m tomorrow to give you further instruction. Guys, please do this job perfectly, I won’t tolerate any mistake. Good night’ the Chairman vanished from the screen.
More information about the man they were to rob including his picture was sent to them via email.
Written by Oluwafunminiyi Komolafe
TANGLE Episode 25
Tangle episode 25
He knew it was his only friend knocking so he rose up and made for the door.
‘What’s happening Jeff?’ he asked after opening the door and seeing his friend at the doorstep.
‘The Chairman wants to speak with you’ Jeffery announced.
Hearing this, Malik was stunned. He hasn’t been able to decide what to say to him concerning the issue of this girl yet.
‘Tell him I went out, I will call him later’ he replied.
‘He is on a video call and I already told him you are in your room’ Jeff said.
‘Okay I will be with him in a few seconds’ he said and Jeff went away.
With his heart pounding, he followed his friend to the sitting room.
On the screen of their flat screen television is the image of a man whose face was displayed in shadow.
The two guys sat before the T.V
‘Good afternoon sir’ they both chorused.
‘Hello my boys, how are you doing’ the image on the screen greeted.
‘We are fine sir’.
‘We have a huge work to do. Malik, I haven’t seen what I told you to send and where is that your new employee? I will like to have a word with her’ The Chairman asked.
Malik was dumbfounded he never thought he could request to see her.
‘She —, Hemmmm’ Malik gibbered in fear.
‘Sorry sir she isn’t around presently, she is in her house’ Jeffery intervened.
Malik cursed his friend for stepping in.
‘Okay, how do I see her ‘cause she has an important role to play in this next operation?’ the chairman said.
‘We will call her here this evening so you can speak with her, and about her biodata, Malik suggested we do a thorough investigation on her so we hired a private investigator to work on it. The result will be out tomorrow’ Jeffery quickly spoke before his friend could say anything.
‘That is a brilliant idea, just make sure I get the data tomorrow and I will call you 7 p.m today make sure she is around. I can’t give out the detail of the operation if you all are not present. Good day,’ Chairman said.
‘Good day sir’ they chorused again and the image vanished from the screen.
‘Thanks so much for saving my ass Jeff’ Malik said.
‘I saved both our asses, now how do we get her here before 7 p.m?’ Jeff asked.
‘Let me call her mobile phone number’ Malik picked up his phone and dialed her number.
‘Hello Helen, how are you?’ Malik greeted on the phone.
‘Who is this?’ The voice on phone asked.
‘This is Malik please come over here now we have a serious issue to discuss’ Malik said.
‘Malik or what do you call yourself, you think you can order me around because you have money? Look, I have already erased you people from my life, I suggest you do the same and don’t ever call my number again’ the call ended.
Malik was taken aback by what he heard, he checked the number to be sure he didn’t dial a wrong number but it was Helen’s number indeed.
‘Is she coming now?’ Jeff asked.
‘No, she insulted me saying I should never call her again’ Malik explained.
‘This girl doesn’t know what she is into. Let’s go over to her house’
‘That won’t work, this is half-past five and the journey to her area is about three hour’s journey, we won’t be able to pick chairman’s call at seven’.
‘So what will you suggest we do now?’ Jeffery asked
‘I haven’t got any idea’ Malik answered.
They both started thinking of what to do.
Suddenly the door opened and someone stepped into the house with a traveling bag. They were both surprised to see Helen standing before them.
Written by Oluwafunminiyi Komolafe
TANGLE Episode 24
Tangle episode 24
Malik weighed both suggestions and concluded that the second one made more sense.
He assured himself that Helen would stay with them, with this he slept off.
The morning soon came and Malik found himself over anxious to see Helen but she didn’t come early. It was well past noon while both guys were playing poker that they saw her came into the house. Before Malik could say anything to her she burst into tears and ran into the room.
The emotional guy Malik was stunned by what just happened.
‘Why would she not even greet them? Did something happen to her mom?’ Malik thought.
Jeff, as usual, wasn’t moved a bit by this; instead, he focused on the game he was playing.
‘Jeff, what do you think happened to her?’ Malik asked.
‘How would I? I got no idea and besides its none of my business’, Jeff answered.
‘How could you talk like that? I got to go see her’ Malik said but before he could stand up, Helen came back in.
Malik was astounded by what she was holding. It was a traveling bag he presumed to contain all her things.
‘Guys, words will not be enough for me to show my appreciation to you. Without knowing me or where I came from, you took me in and accepted me into your home. I would have loved to continue living with you but I have to take care of my poor mom. Sorry guys I have to go’ she confessed with tears gushing down her pretty face.
Malik was too sober to say anything in reply. Helen was making her way for the door when she suddenly felt a hand held her back.
‘Please don’t go’ Malik said holding her wrist but she broke free and left the house.
Malik almost burst into tears as he watched Helen leaving the house.
‘So now that your girl decided to leave us, what do you plan on telling Chairman’ Jeffery asked.
‘I don’t know yet’ Malik answered.
‘You don’t know? Why don’t you tell him all about her so he can take care of her’ Jeffery suggested?
‘What do you mean Jeff? Do you mean the chairman should send his boys to kill her?’ Malik asked.
‘Yes, she has become a leakage which must be sealed’ Jeff answered.
‘Why are you this heartless Jeffery? Don’t you have a human feeling at all?’
‘Oh am heartless? Do you know what the Chairman will do to us once our information leaks out from your jewel? He will order our assassination to cover his track, that’s what he always does. Are you willing to risk our life for hers?’ Jeff asked angrily.
Without answering the question, Malik went into his room.
Two hours later Malik was in his room smoking and drinking heavily. The habit Helen’s presence had denied him, he now resulted in it as a means of reducing the pressure on his shoulder. His friend was right about all he said but he couldn’t bear the thought of losing Helen. How is he now going to do it?’ He thought.
Series of knocks sounded on the door. He knew it was his only friend knocking so he rose up and made for the door.
Written by Oluwafunminiyi Komolafe