Dr. Amos was walking fast, he was about reaching ward 18 when nurse Amaka called him.
“Dr, you are supposed to be in the theater” she said.
“yes, i’ll be there shortly, Dr. Mark is already there” he said and wanted to go when the nurse held his arm.
“what is it Amaka?” he asked.
“Its just that Dr. Mark is relatively new to suggery, i think you should be there” she said.
“Dont worry Amaka, i will be there as soon as i finish from this ward” he replied and still wanted to go but Amaka still held his arm.
“Remember our date?” she asked, smiling mischiviously
“i do, Dr” Amos replied.
“can i go now?”
Amaka was still thinking when he turned and started going. Amaka ran after him but she was too late, he opened the door to ward 18 and entered.
Being tagged a criminal is very dangerous in nigeria especially when a police officer is involved. The interrogation method is so crude but yet ‘overly efficient’.
Overly efficient in the sense that even an innocent person could admit to commiting a crime he knows nothing about just to avoid the pains of interrogation.
Philip was unlucky as he had been trapped in the webs of interrogation in the nigerian style.
His flesh was designed with an iron. It got to a time when the iron was removed and replaced with Unclad wire that was used to electricute philip.
His wailing and weeping sounded like a meloudious tone for the man who was busy doing a wonderful job of making philip cry like a baby.
Philip increased his shout to draw attention from outside but the hall was sound proof as only those inside the room could hear him shout.
“I swear, i dont know anything about a sniper” philip said while crying.
“Shut up!!” the man shouted and increased the voltage of the iron.
Samson who had been standing outside all this while, entered the room.
“Excuse me sir” he said.
“Yes? Samson, whats the problem?” sani asked
“i think the polygraph would be a more efficient method sir” samson replied.
“Polygraph? I thought it was faulty?” sani asked.
“it has been rectified sir”
“Okay then, lets use the polygraph” sani concluded.
The polygraph was brought and it was tested with already verified questions like ‘is your name philip mba?’ ‘have you stolen before?’ when the result of the Polygraph were displayed, it showed that it was in excellent condition so it was consequently used.
After the questioning, it was shown that philip was innocent all along and he was just used as a decoy to facilitate the real culprit’s escape.
Sani was pained. He went out to the main hall and summoned everybody.
“Look up everybody, there is a sniper out there and the state government is on our necks. This is a new trend in Nigeria and the government wants us to nip it by the bud before it spreads like bombing. We had the wrong suspect and now we are back to nowhere. I want all our resources to be put into finding this criminals. Suspend whatever you are doing that is not related to this case. This is priority 1” with that , he walked to his office.
Jimmy was calling him but he didn’t reply. He blamed Jimmy for taking the bait. He knew it was a false flag from the beginning but Jimmy didn’t see it.
Attah and Jacobs got along pretty fast. In no time they had began gisting like old time acquaintance.
“so tell me, what brought you here?” Attah asked
Jacobs sighed and explained everything to him.
“You mean paul Adeyemi did this to you?” Attah asked
“Do you know him?” Jacobs asked his own question.
“yes ofcourse, he’s the reason i’m in prison”
“how do you mean?” Jacobs asked.
“2 years ago, some soldier officers went to ivory coast for peace keeping when ousted president Laurent gbagbo refused to vacate office. 5 soldiers in that troupe Where diverted to pakistan for special training in every form of terrorism” Attah explained.
“Who diverted them?” Jacobs asked.
“The then minister for defence, rt.gen Shola Ajayi.
“he had trained them for his special use as thugs for the upcoming election”
“paul was one of them. They call themselves the invisible quartet. They are invisible because they leave normal lives as soldiermen but they are very dangerous. I had so much information about them that could put them behind bars for good, so they set me up”
“Why didn’t they kill you, why did they set you up?” Jacobs asked in suprise.
“You underestimate the power of an igalaman, even bullets respect us” Attah bragged.
“so how were you set up?”
“They stashed cocaine in my room and tipped the police. I was arrested and sentenced to 15years in prison” Attah explained.
Jacobs wanted to ask why his igala jazz failed him but he kept quiet.
“look we can help each other. I can help you get justice while you help me end the invisible quartet”
“I would have loved to but am also in prison, there is nothing i can do” Jacobs explained.
“Actually there is something you can do, but first we need to make a call”
“We are in prison, how is that possible?” Jacobs asked.
“Dont worry about that, we have our way in the prison”
Warder come o, i wan make call” Attah shouted.
The warder came quickly.
“1minute na 100naira o” he informed them.
“No wahala” Attah assured him.
Amaka was still chasing Dr.Amos but he quickly went in. He met the room empty save for grace who was sleeping peacefully. Just then, his phone rang.
“Hello” he answered the call.
“Amos, its me Jacobs” the caller said. Amos was shocked but he composed himself.
“How is my wife” Jacobs asked.
“thats the problem, i was told she was awake but when i came she was still sleeping. Her temperature is very low, her pulse is weak and her heart beat is faint.
“remember me in hell” Attah whispered
“What?” Jacobs gave him an inquiring look.
“it is a drug they use to cause permanent amnesia. When your wife wakes, she will have total memory loss” Attah explained.
“Although i read of its antidote, but am not too sure of its preparation. Tell your friend we’ll text him the preparation of the antidote.
Jacobs relayed the information and they ended the call. Few minutes later, a text came into Dr. Amos’ cell. It contained the reagents for the antidote and its preparation. Dr. Amos knew most of the reagents and he had them at home except one. He quickly put a call across to Amaka to check for the reagent in the hospital lab.
After waiting, he went after Nurse amaka but she said the reagent wasn’t in the hospital.
“When is the next supplies” Dr. Amos asked
“Tomorrow” she replied.
The text indicated that the antidote must be given before five hours of the drug’s infection. Dr.Amos walked back to his office dejectedly. As soon as he left, Amaka removed the reagent from where she was hiding it and smiled.
As soon as Dr. Amos reached his office, he started thinking. All of a sudden a name came to his head.
“David” he shouted and reached for his phone.
Jacobs and Attah sat quietly in the prison. Jacobs couldn’t believe his ears. His wife was going to wake up only to forget everything she had ever known including him, that is if Dr. Amos fails in his assignment.
The invisible quartet were very sharp, they figured if they left Grace to testify, she will implicate paul Adeyemi and if they killed her, it will raise suspicions so the best thing to do was to make her forget everything including her name.
“How come you know so much about them?” Jacobs broke the silence.
“I’v been following them ever since the death of Shola Ajayi. I knew his death wasn’t odinary so i launched an investigation into the case.
After their training in pakistan, the invisible quartet went back to Ivory coast to join their colleagues in the peace keeping mission. Remember, the minister died when adressing the soldiers after they returned from the peacekeeping mission
The invisible Quartet knew that the minister was only trying to use them for his selfish gains so they killed him in that occasion” Attah explained.
“You mean, Shola Ajayi was murdered? I thought he just slumped and died”
“That was what everybody believed. Infact the autopsy report showed that he died of heart attack but it was Paul Adeyemi who personally killed him.
Remember when the minister shook hands with all the returning soldiers? It was at that point that paul killed him. Inbetween paul’s index and middle finger was a highly poisonous substance. When the minister shook hands With paul, he quickly used the substance to pierce the minister just above his wrist. It was relatively painless and the minister didn’t know what went on.
The substance has high affinity for magnesium so it went straight to the heart which has a rich supply of the mineral. While in the heart it carries out its work of causing cardiac arrest. First the heartbeat increases thereby transporting the blood at a relatively faster rate.
The substance is then transported to the liver through the hepatic portal artery. It is in the liver that the substance gets detoxificated and transported to the epidermal cell of the skin. It is then excreted as crystals through the sweat pore.
This happens at a pretty fast rate such that, when the victim dies and a test is done, the substance would not be found in the bloodstream of the victim” Attah explained.
“Even though i didn’t understand most of the things you just said, am sure it must have been a highly complex procedure. Well, i also have a shocker for you”
In the university, I and Amos and Clement where best of pals. Infact we were called the three musketeers.” Jacobs informed him
“Thats great. Attah exclaimed, i would love to see the three musketeers versus the invisible quartet”
Dr. Amos picked up his phone and dialed David’s number. David was a guy he met in the university,he is a first class graduate of biochemistry. Despite his good grades, David rejected every job offered him. His final project in the university was to Study the chemical method of increasing the blood’s cluster of differentiation 4(cd4) count after HIV infection.
He did the preliminaries in his project but after his graduation, he felt his project gave him an insight into finding the cure to HIV.
Upon graduation, David has been living a secluded live as the only thing he does was mixing chemicals to give him a required recipe. His friends had all aboundoned him since he didn’t have enough time for them. If they is anywhere Dr. Amos can get his reagent, then it has to be from David.
After the fourth ring, David finally picked up his phone. He had been searching for the phone since morning but he didn’t see it. He later found it inside his conical flask when the phone rang.
“Whatsup Davo” Amos said immediately David picked the call.
David didn’t allow Amos to land before he began bombarding him with his discoveries.
“Hey doc! I think i’v found the cure to HIV. Look, i know this sounds crazy but i found a drug that can kill someone for approximately 1hour and the antidote can be used to revive the victim. You know the HIV virus only survives in a living medium so when the host dies, it also dies. In the 1hour period when the victim is temporarily dead, i can purge the Hiv virus out if his system using my wonder drug” David explained excitedly.
“waoh!! I’m happy for you” Amos played along.
“yesso, i will also develop a drug to cure highly advanced cancer. The idea is….” David wanted to continue but Dr.Amos cut him Short.
“Do you have Benzodiazepine? He asked.
“Yes, i have what do you want…”
“Dont worry, i’ll be in your doorstep in a short while” Dr. Amos said and ended the call. He reached for his keys and quickly went to his car.
In less than 20minutes he was already in David’s house, thanks to his knowledge of shortcuts.
He sounded the door bell but he got no reply, he knocked and still got no reply so he barged in.
He was looking around the room and was wondering while the room was so unkept. All of a sudden, someone shouted and jumped out of nowhere.
Amos was shocked but he held himself and turned only to see David standing with a knife in his hand. He was Unclad save for the towel he tied round his waist. His hair was bushy and his beard were overgrown.
“whatsup doc” he said.
“David, why are you holding a knife” Amos asked, scared.
“Knife? David asked, suprised and then looked at his hand.
“i thought it was a spatula” he exclaimed.
“so where is the Benzodiazepine? Amos asked.
“follow me David said and led him to the bathroom. He went to the bathtub and brought out a testtube.
“this is hydroquinol” David told him.
“many people think hydroquinol is dangerous and can cause cancer but my experiments show that the product of the oxidation of hydroquinol in the presence of aliphatic amines gives you quinone which infact can be used to cure cancer”
“Okay, thats good” Amos said trying to be time concious. He knew better than to rush David. If he rushes David, he just might Get angry and drive him out of his house.
“one other thing doc, i urinated and discovered it had a ph of 3.8 so i used it as a medium to save some of my reagents” david imformed him.
“you mean your urine was that acidic and you didn’t see a doctor?” Amos wanted to ask him if he smokes but he already knew the answer. Smoking could lead to kidney problem and this makes the patient to produce acidic urine(smokers beware).
“nah nah nah… I dont need a doc,i can take care of myself” he said.
He then led Dr.Amos to his kitchen where he kept the Benzodiazepine.
Dr. Amos collected it and rushed out immediately
“goodluck with your HIV drug” he shouted and bolted out of the house. In his joy, he forgot to follow his shortcut. He drove on the mainroad and encountered traffic jam. He looked at his front and he couldn’t see the end. He wanted to go back but he was already trapped. He looked at his wrist watch, he had 3hours 30minutes left
To be continued on the morning.