The Coffin Maker Episode 46

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Brigadier Adu-Tettey

Honey, could you please tell me what exactly happened because looking at this matter, it may turn out to be a big case or rather a robbery case.

Mrs Adu-Tettey

My love, I don’t know what exactly happened, everything happened so fast and I don’t know where to start.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

Take a deep breath my Queen and start from anywhere you can remember, I want to get my boys in this case early in the morning since the case is a gunshot related.

Mrs Adu-Tettey

Honey, as I was driving home on the highway from the emergency board meeting that we had, I was searching for my phone in my handbag to alert you that I’m on my way home.

Suddenly I saw that young man jumping or running to meet my car, I think he did that on purpose because if I had tried dodging him, I would have been the one at the theatre now.

As I tried helping him, he told me to hurry up and to get ourselves out of that place because his life was in danger. The moment he said that there was a gunshot which was fired at us, I quickly moved him to the back seat and before I could move the car another gunshot came in, I believe it touched some part of my car even.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

This is weird my dear, if he was a criminal and the people chasing after him were the police, they wouldn’t bother firing at you. They would have come out to meet you or chased after your car to get to you. Did you ask him any questions as you were driving him here and did he give you any positive answers to your questions when you were driving him to the hospital?

Mrs Adu-Tettey

Yes. Before I called you, I ordered him to confess to me who he was and threatened to drive him to the nearest police station but he kept repeating that he was not a criminal and that he just happened to be at a wrong place at a wrong time. He also said the shooters had shot and killed someone in the bush and since they had seen him and feared that he could blow their cover, they were after him so that what they did in the bush would remain a secret forever.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

I’m now getting the whole scenario but I’m hoping that what he told you is the truth and that he survives the surgery so that he can give me a proper account of what truly happened. This issue could pave the way for another early promotion for me, but listen to me very carefully, don’t discuss this issue with anyone. Not in your office, church or family and from now onwards you won’t drive that car again, I will park it at the presidency and make the mechanics work on the damaged part caused by the gunshot.

Also from now onwards, when you are driving, use the inside mirror of the car very well to see if someone or a particular car is following you. It is very important, so don’t forget. It seems the surgery is over so let’s get close to the doctor to find out what the outcome of the surgery is.

The couple move to join the doctor and find out how the surgery went.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

Doc how did it go in there?

Doctor

You guys are very lucky for bringing that young man here on time, if you wasted any more time, he would be dead by now because he lost so much blood. The blood that was taken from the blood bank wasn’t enough to replenish him so we had to call the blood bank from Korle-Bu to bring extra blood for us to save his life. My medical team and I were able to pull out the bullet from his thigh and I must say, the one who shot him is a master sniper.

He or she nearly destroyed that young man’s leg and I’m suspecting he or she fired from afar because if he or she was closer to the young man, his leg would have been useless by now. Also, it looked like he was knocked down by a car because there were too many bruises on him – which have been taken care of by the way. Do you mind telling me who that young man is?

Because I’m told there is no police report attached to the surgery we did and hospital policy states that before you work on any gunshot wound or injury there must be a police report before commencement.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

(brings his ID card out for the doctor to see who he is) Well doctor am Brigadier Adu-Tettey from the office of the President’s Protection Unit. That young man there is a son to a diplomat whose life is in danger, his identity must remain a top-class secret and if the people after him get to know that he is in this hospital, I’m afraid I can’t guarantee the safety of the staff and patients in this hospital. I will get some of my boys to come and guard this place but please let our discussion remain between us, which is you, my wife and I, and the matron. If you decide to open up to anyone else, then be ready to face the consequences that come with your actions. Mind you, we are dealing with a very strong terrorist group.

Doctor

(having a worried face) You don’t have to worry at all, it is in our oath of allegiance to be very discreet with our patients and their records. Matron I believe you are equally okay with the agreement deal we are striking? Tell your nurses to also shut their mouths as they talk and gossip too much. Excuse me, I have to check on some patients at the emergency ward.

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

Thank you very much doctor. My wife and I will settle the medical bills so don’t worry about the money.

Mrs Adu-Tettey

Doctor, can we please see him now?

Doctor

Sorry, he is very exhausted and we have given him some injections to help him sleep for some time and regain his strength. I will advise you also go home and rest, you can visit him early in the morning with some breakfast for him. I believe by then the drip and blood we are infusing in him will be finished so that we can discharge him and you can take him home for proper care.

Mrs Adu-Tettey

That sounds good, thank you very much, doctor and madam matron. I’m sorry if I was rude to you earlier on.

Matron

I understand you my dear so don’t worry, I would have done worse if I was in your shoes.

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Brigadier Adu-Tettey

Baby let’s go home, we will have to come back early this morning and get the young man out from this place. His life might be in danger since the people after him will go the extra mile to silence him.

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The couple moved to their house very distressed. When they got home Brigadier Adu-Tettey asked his wife to take a little nap as he went to his study to make some calls and draw up some plans to tackle the issue at hand.

Fast forward:

Around 4 a.m. Kwaku Mike gained consciousness and looked around.

He was at the hospital and the drip and blood infuser that had been placed on his wrist was finished in its container.

As he turned to his left-hand side he realised that someone had placed his phone on charge for him, he gave a faint smile.

Immediately, he tried getting up but felt a bit dizzy and lay down again. The events of the previous night started coming back to him and he felt scared. The necklace started strangling him again and he knew he was in trouble. He gathered strength he had never felt before and pulled out the needle on his wrist and got up from the bed. He walked to where his phone was and switched it on, some message notifications popped up on his screen but he ignored them and tried calling Quincy’s phone but it was off, so he sent him a message as to where to meet him and the time he should get there.

He turned to walk out of his private ward and saw a male nurse coming in his direction so he went back to lie on his bed again and pretended to be asleep. The nurse walked in and saw a slight change with Kwaku Mike so he took a syringe out to inject him with it’s contents to make him sleep again he remembered that he had to add some other drug to it, so he dropped the syringe on the bed to get that drug from the drawer close to his bed.

Kwaku Mike took that opportunity and took the syringe and because the male nurse had turned his back he didn’t see what was behind him, Kwaku Mike injected the male nurse with the content in the syringe and before the male nurse could do anything he began to feel dizzy. Kwaku Mike helped the male nurse onto his bed and then took the male nurse’s outfit from him and dressed like the male nurse.

After, he covered the male nurse with the blanket on the hospital bed and then left the private ward with calculated steps.

Back at the residence of the Adu-Tettey’s, Mrs Adu-Tettey woke up from her bed feeling disturbed and scared all of a sudden, she jumped out of her bed and then rushed out of her bedroom to meet her husband in the living room who was by then having a brief meeting with some of his men.

Mrs Adu-Tettey

Honey, I had a bad dream and it concerns the young man we took to the hospital early this morning. It seems his life is in danger. My love can you please take me to the hospital right now?

Brigadier Adu-Tettey

My Queen, just take your time. Go and take a quick shower so we rush to the hospital, I was having a brief meeting with my men concerning the safety of that young man and the truth is that, after making some calls earlier on, I sent some of my men to the area where the accident took place and they confirmed that a young man was shot dead last night and was lying in a pool of blood when they got there.

When the police were called in and came to check on the dead guy, they confirmed that the dead guy was on their top- class wanted list so I believe that the young man you knocked down is telling the truth and is in great danger.

Mrs Adu-Tettey

Gracious God! Baby, then it means my dream is true. Where is this girl koraa? Yaa Mansa please prepare hot water for me and put it in a flask, put bread, a tin of milk and a can of milo into a basket for me and add some fruits to it. Hurry up because we have to get to the hospital in a few minutes.

In less than 15minutes Mrs Adu-Tettey was ready and her husband instructed his men to take the lead and take the position as planned.

Back at the hospital, Kwaku Mike had descended from the first floor to the ground floor where he would walk out from the hospital building. Suddenly, someone called him from behind and when he turned…

TBC