A text message landed in my phone a minute later, bearing the direction to Gutso’s location. The agent licked his lips, transferred the text to his phone and called Gutso with mine.
“we will be there by 9am tomorrow. Good night” he informed him, hung up and smiled to me.
“I have to go catch some sleep. I’ll be here with my friends as early as 8am” he said and rose to leave.
“thanks a lot for bringing out your team to help me. I promise you won’t regret it” I said happily, drew close and hugged him. Lydia coughed and eyed me.
“he’s good, and handsome hmmm” Chika who was quiet all along said as soon as the agent left with Lydia. I had a very restless night, thinking of many things. I thought of Kelvin and for the first time felt sorry for him. I equally couldn’t imagine what Lillian was planning. Lydia showed up at my house with the agent and five heavily armed men by 8:15am the next morning. I was impressed by what I saw.
“so what’s your plan?” I asked the agent curiously.
“we will go in together, survey the place, have a little talk with the kidnapper, before sending in my guys after we are safely out of the building” he said quietly. I nodded with interest.
“we will go with your car while my friends will keep a safe distance behind us. You have nothing to worry, we have the training and capability to do this without being detected” he summarized reassuringly.
“how about Kelvin. What do you have to say about him?” I asked slowly.
“in every rescue attempt, there is always a fifty fifty chance of rescuing or losing the victim. It’s all about gamble, but I thought our priority is silencing Gutso and his gang, thus stopping them from blackmailing and exposing you?” he asked,
“yea it is, but Kelvin shouldn’t be harmed” I murmured.
“of course, we are going in to save Kelvin. I’m sure nothing will happen to him” he assured me. We left my house at exactly 8:30am, leaving Chika and Lydia behind. The agent drove my SUV while I sat beside him in the passenger’s corner. The second vehicle kept a safe distance behind us. I was a bit nervous but brave. My 9mm gun well concealed in my handbag. I was very ready to face anything. It wasn’t hard locating the isolated compound where Gutso and his gang kept Kelvin. A very quiet hilly community many miles away from Suleja town.
“you have to play cool” the agent advised when we got to the compound. I nodded and breathed deeply, together we alighted and walked into the empty house. I couldn’t help but imagine how many invisible rifles were pointing at us that very moment.
Gutso soon appeared alone to welcome us. “don’t be deceived, we are surrounded” the agent whispered to me, even though we saw nobody else apart from Gutso in the compound. Gutso led us to a small room at the east wing of the building where Kelvin was helplessly blindfolded and tied to a chair. He gave us no chance to at least say hi to Kelvin before leading us back to the entrance door.
“you have seen your man huh, now let’s discuss my money” he said seriously, searching us with his eyes.
“why are you doing this?” I asked. He scoffed and shook his head.
“I’m tired of being an errand boy to old ladies like you who think the world revolves around them. I need good money” he sneered.
“so everyone likes taking advantage of me. Okay” I hissed, while the agent pinched my left hand, signaling me to keep quiet.
“you are getting only a million from us, because we want this to end peacefully” he addressed Gutso coldly..
“are you serious?” he asked the agent who nodded in affirmative. “if that’s the case, you guys should just go home. I’ll try getting my money somewhere else and if that fails, hmmmm, I’ll simply cut the hostage into pieces and send his body parts all over the city with your name and phone number written over it. You will have a hard time exonerating yourself from the mess I will create. Don’t let it come to that” he threatened me.
“fine we got your point. Three million” the agent offered.
“five million or forget it” Gutso insisted, drawing a fierce look from the agent who slowly nodded.
“fine you will get your money this evening” he said to him.
“I feel like detaining one of you. No hard feelings, just as insurance” Gutso said, staring at us with suspicion.
“of course you aren’t dumb to think only one of us is raising such a huge amount for you. I’ll withdraw half the money from my bank while my sister does the same from her bank, unless you want us to get the money one after the other, which you know will make this deal spill over to the next day” the agent asked intelligently.
“fine you win. Go get my money” Gutso answered, letting us go and equally signing his downfall with such a decision. Supposing he succeeded in detaining one of us, our plan would have been messed up. As we left the compound and hurried to our car, the agent sent a sharp signal to his colleagues who instantly landed within seconds. A Toyota bus carrying five armed agents pulled up close to my car in a commando fashion.
“move in, move in, suspect is armed and alone, watch out for snipers. Hostage identified in the east wing” the agent screamed at his colleagues who were very ready for a show down. But just as they made to move into the compound, a gunshot came from nowhere destroying my car windscreen and sending everyone down. We all took cover, while three more shots from the same direction came flying over. It was obvious Gutso was equally ready for a showdown…
A short prayer was said, and we were asked to exchange rings and vow. Guided by the lawyer, i solemnly vowed and slipped the ring gradually on his fingers. It was the groom’s turn now.Immediately he took the ring to begin his vows, some form of tension and murmur arose from the crowd, We both turned in the direction of the noise.
Not again Miss Jane!!! There she stood at the back of the crowd. She wore a weird facial expression. I didn’t know whether it was jealosy or hatred. She looked troubled as well. We froze and didn’t make any move. She walked off and came close to where we stood. There was absolute quiet because we didn’t know what that witch was up to again. She grabbed the microphone and knelt. There was a whole lot of gasp and “Ow my God” from the crowd.
“Duncan, am really sorry for all the evil schemes i plotted against you”, she said sorrowfully. ” i know is too late to come back now but all i ask for is your forgiveness” she continued and got up after her speech. Duncan surely wanted her out of the programme so he hastily grabbed the mike back and said she was whole heartedly forgiven and that she could leave now. She said good bye to the crowd and left.
Another continuos big sigh was heaved by almost all the witnesses at the ocassion . The ceremony continued. He vowed and slipped the golden ring on my finger. We kissed and hugged. Cheerful noise and claps were all over.We were finally pronounced husband and Wife. The kids came around to hug and kiss us. I was more than the word happy because i had finally gotten what i worked so hard for.
To be continued….