On Death

Sheriff’s face seems more familiar than I know it, but the only time I remember to have ever happened at the same place as he, was in Casso-Lagos at a wedding. He contested for Councillor and won, achieving a lifelong dream, but then few weeks later, ‘Rest in Peace’ decked his Facebook wall. We weren’t…

Francis Is Alive (-18-)

It was Sonican’s boat that took everyone to Tin Can Island from where they had set out for Majeed’s apartment before the Soul Lounge’s. When they left Soul Lounge in the middle of the great brawl, they didn’t leave for Majeed’s place in Lekki, Sonican rather took Majeed and Olawunmi to the boat. They were…

Francis Is Alive (-17-)

The band was disbanded, save the drum setter. The club went quiet and tensile as Francis grabbed the microphone. “My name is Michael Livingstone and this is my friend, Anatoly, the celebrant, we’re here to sing y’all a song.” Only the bloggers clapped; curious souls who probably wouldn’t be alive to blog what was to…

Francis Is Alive (-16-)

“I know some of these guys,” Samuel told Mustapha. They were sitting at an inconspicuous corner of the club. “Who are they?” Mustapha asked. “What does your mind tells you?” “They’re criminals.” “They’re not just criminals. They’re professional hit men.” “But if they are, and they are here because of this Francis of a guy,…

Francis Is Alive (-15-)

There are several night clubs in Lagos but Francis chose Soul Lounge for the controversial celebration of his top goon’s birthday; a birthday fête in the midst of police investigations. What bothered people who heard the news was not even that a whole family was kidnapped; it was that the people living next to them…

Francis Is Alive (-14-)

Majeed ate lightly. Olawunmi had no appetite to touch anything. The boat moved on; they anticipated; their fear mounded. Could Michael truly be Francis Whyte, the criminal who had abducted the Bade Adebanjo guy? How could the criminal be Michael? No, it can’t be him. Michael is a nice person, a businessman, not some rogue….

Francis Is Alive (-13-)

Mustapha jumped out of bed and grabbed his Colt45 semiautomatic as the hotel door burst open. Thank heavens it was Samuel, it was a dangerous time and doors bursting open like that could be ominous. Agent Samuel came in with indifference to Mustapha’s trepidation, dialing numbers on his cell phone and placing the phone to…

Francis Is Alive (-12-)

“So, let me get this straight,” surmised Abram. “This man in the video is fucking James Bond and not Francis Whyte, and we don’t know who the real fucking Francis is even after I got a bullet in the hand?” “Yes,” said Boris insipidly. “So…” Xia swallowed, “if he’s not Francis, who is?” Boris shrugged….

Francis Is Alive (-10-)

At the military base in Ojoo-Ibadan, Michael was cuffed hands back to a chair in an interrogation room, alone with Director John Penn at the opposite end of the table. Behind a mirror in there, some top security personnel stood and watched. Director John Penn was the one who knew who he was; he was…

Francis Is Alive (-9-)

A witness who could have equally been referred to as a suspect disappeared from the police station, three police officers linked to the case got murdered by an unknown person or persons on the same day with all the case files and evidences related to it exhumed from the police evidence locker. Nigeria thought she…

Francis Is Alive (-8-)

The case was totally out of Sergeant Mustapha’s hands. His statement had taken Sergeant Abiola to the Headquarters right after the Assistant Inspector General of Police had requested for it. Mustapha in his statement had made a point of suspicion on Sergeant Abiola’s previous nagging. He wouldn’t know what to think but he truly doubted…

Francis Is Alive (-7-)

Somewhere in Lagos, a Chinese lady drew the door closed as she smiled upon the front page of Nigerian Tribune newspaper. She was coming from the outside and her Russian friends were already waiting for her. There were four of them sent from the League to bring Francis to Russia alive. They were not just…