On getting to the police headquarters which really was very scanty due to the time of the day. We were led to a small office where i nervously sat and waited for the detective who ordered for my presence to show up.
“just relax my dear, and be polite when the officer shows up, even though i seriously think something else is going on which we are yet to understand” Jenifer begged, softly holding my hand. I breathed deeply and shook my head.
“surely something else is going on. This isn’t just the old fight between Tony and I” i replied quietly.
“and the chief in question do you think he can go as far as faking his own kidnap or accusing you of such crime?” she asked curiously.
“no Chief Manuel isn’t like that. He is not the type of man to spend money on something with no gain. He has other ways of dealing with me, not this way. Moreover we only exchanged words like brothers. It wasn’t something to be taken seriously” I answered.
“and Tony i know, won’t go as far as kidnapping just to frame you up” Jenifer added sadly.
“I think someone else is behind everything happening, and the person is so smart to cash in on the current crises to achieve what i really don’t know” i concluded.
“if really someone else is behind all these, it means the person knows you, Tony, and the chief very well” she added, dropping her eyes.
“c’mon baby cheer up” i said to her, forcing out a smile.
A middle aged man came into the room that moment, interrupting us.
“you are Mr. Emeka right?” he asked with a strong tone which instantly made me realise he was the man we were waiting for. He was modestly dressed in white shirt and black trouser.
“yea” i nodded and stood up.
“i’m D.S.P Maku, the detective handling the kidnap of Chief Manuel but as you can see, it’s late to question you and i can’t allow you to go home” he said seriously while i scoffed with disbelief.
“wait a minute, you can’t be serious?. Are you trying to say that i’m spending the night in this station?, for what reason?. Thank God you are a lawyer. So you have no excuse to abuse the rule of law” i shouted, surprising him.
“Your guys tore my house apart without any warrant, i kept quiet. Your men brought me here without any consideration to my feelings, i still kept quiet. But what i can’t accept is passing the night in a cell as long as you got nothing on me. Just try it and i’m going to sue you and the whole police command for abusing my human rights, Illegal detention, character assasination and anything else i can think of. I have the money and i’ll make sure i pay the press and every newpaper in the country to cover the proceedings. Yes one night, just try and make me spend one night here” i screamed with desperation.
Deep down i was scared and afraid, wondering how i would survive the night in a place i have heard so many terrible stories about. I screamed at the officer not out of courage but fear, while Jenifer kept pinching my hand as i ranted, pleading for me to stop, but fortunately my words had a terrible effect on the officer who drew back and studied me curiously.
I saw slight fear in his eyes which gave me little hope that perhaps the young officer wouldn’t dare risk his promising career by detaining a rich proud boy over a mere accusation….
He scratched his head and breathed deeply, while i hopefully watched him. My heart pounding furiously.
To be continued.