Part 11
Opeyemi Akintunde Ojerinde

” Get me my daughter or else, I will let the whole Nirato know the beast you are. My instincts tell me you have used her for rituals for power. From the dream I had, You were the one to die, but you swapped my daughter.Mamud bring me my daughter now!” Isire was banging Mamud’s closed door. Minaya was beside her crying and the entire presidential staff were looking in shock at what was happening…

Mamud opened the door suddenly…
” Isire, don’t force me to lock you up in your room, I have told you Sebrena is fine and will be back soon.” On seeing the staff, Mamud turned to them…

” Hey listen up, you all, if I hear a word about this on the street, who ever tips the media will rot in jail. 321 is dead because he betrayed me. The next person may not be as lucky as him, because it won’t be him that will go down, his family and loved ones will pay for it.”

Isire knew that look in Mamud’s eyes. She knew she had to move out of that house fast and unravel the mystery about her child…

” Hello Ashkian, any news?” Mamud said over the phone in his room

” No!”

” My God!, Maybe we need the media on this!” Mamud said

” No, you don’t want to do that Mr president, that will throw the whole country into unrest. The citizens won’t feel safe anymore because it will become a slang on the street that if the president’s child is not safe, then who will be?” Ashkian said

Mamud knew he was right and besides he would be seen as a weak president. Ashkian will make a good CHIEF of Staff, but he was the minister of Education.

” I wish you could be my Chief of Staff at this time!” Mamud said

” I could recommend someone trustworthy to you!” Ashkian answered quickly.

Ashkian’s other phone was beeping. Agnos was calling.

” Mr President, I have someone on the other line, he should have news on your daughter!”

“ Ok I will stay on the line!” Mamud said. Ashkian did not like that but he had to play along…

“ Hello, Do you have news about the President’s daughter?” Ashkian said

“ Yes Ashkian…We found her!”

“ Oh Thank Goodness.. Thank you so…

“ But…”

“ But what? Is anyone asking for a ransom? “

“ She is dead!”

“ What?” Ashkian imagined he didn’t hear that…

Agnos went silent!

“ You said what?”

“ Ashkian, What did he say?” Mamud said from the other phone…

Ashkian’s hand shook visibly as he tried to find a chair close by. He ended the call with the President.

“ This was not the plan!” Ashkian said to himself repeatedly.

“ Agnos, tell me what you said is just a slip of tongue?”

“ I wish!” Agnos replied…


Reuby and the other guys stood far away from Sebrena‘ body…

“ I suggest we bury her so no one traces her death to us” Reuby said

“And have our fingerprints on her body? You are sick Reuby!”Agnos said

“ We don’t know what happened to her or who, what did this to her!” Reuby said shaking…

“ I am getting out of Nirato immediately… I don’t know about you guys… but being involved in the death of the president’s daughter is not what I want my name to be written against in the Nirato history books.” one of the squad members said…

They all looked at each other knowing what he said made a lot of sense. Almost at the same time, they all started racing towards the van.

Mamud kept calling Ashkian back, his heart was pounding… What could have happened to Sebrena to have made Ashkian shout and end his call abruptly…

“ My Daughter had better not be dead!” Mamud said to himself


Part 12
Opeyemi Akintunde Ojerinde

“ 321, 322, 323, 324..” Yenewa stopped abruptly. She could sense something was on her way few footcounts from where she was at the moment. She could smell fresh blood, she could smell a human body…” She knew danger was nearby.

She turned back and started counting backwards so she could get back to Oriel’s house.

“ Hmm… Hmmm…” She heard a low moan.

“ My Head…!” The Voice sounded like that of a child…


Sebrena had been running for few minutes. She was so happy and fearful at the same time. She couldn’t believe how she was acting like one of the characters in the movies she had watched.

Suddenly she felt it… She knew it was coming… She remembered her mother’s warnings but it seem it was too late for that.

“ Baby breathe slowly, stop jumping around..!”

“ Mum, I want to play like Minaya!”

“ You are not Minaya, and Minaya is not like you! You can’t afford to be out of breath, it will trigger your epileptic seizure.”

“ Mummy, why did God create me with Epilepsy?”

“ I don’t have an answer to that, but God permits certain things in our lives for his Ultimate Glory!”

Sebrena knew her epileptic seizure was coming….It hit her and that was all she knew.

Yenewa felt the person moaning must be in danger.

“ God! I want to be a Good Samaritan but please don’t let me regret it.”

Yenewa turned back again and started counting her steps, at 332, her leg hit something…

“ Are you Okay?” Yenewa said

“ No!, My Head hurts and it’s bleeding!”

“ Ok.. sorry… from your voice, I can tell you are a little child. How old are you and what are you doing here all alone?”

Sebrena suddenly realized she was blank. She couldn’t remember a thing or who she was…

“ Hello, are you still there?”

“ I cannot remember anything, my head feels cloudy!”

“ Did you hit your head on something?” Yenewa asked

Sebrena looked around and saw a big stone covered with her blood…

“ I think so, look at my blood!”

“ I can’t see…” Yenewa said with a smile

“ You are blind?”

“ Yes! But I can see with my ears, nose and my hands. Can you place my hands on your head…”

Sebrena put Yenewa hands on her head…

“ Your hair is soaked with blood and your face, even your cloth. Take off your cloth and put on my jacket. I need to take you to Oriel!”

“ Oriel? What is that?”

“ He is like my father but my guardian!”

“ Father!, Do I have a father or a guardian?”

“ I don’t know? I am sure when you rest for the night, you will remember all that happened to you by morning.

“ What do you mean her body is no more there?” Ashkian asked Agnos in fury…

“ I just got there and can’t find the girl’s body, but her cloth is on the floor. Maybe a wild animal has devoured her”

“ Agnos, you have to find that body or skeleton and bury it. No one must trace her death to us!” Ashkian ended the call.

Mamud was calling Ashkian frantically, but Ashkian didn’t pick as he wanted to get his acts together.

“ Hello Sir, I am sorry I have bad and good news.” Ashkian said

Mamud knew what was coming. He started weeping. No one knew he wept in the corner of his room whenever Life hit him hard. He appeared always strong in public but he always had his crying moments where he questioned the God of his Mother, Minatu.

“ Speak on Ashkian!”

“ The good news is that the girl that was found dead was not Sebrena. The bad news is that Sebrena’s cloth was found in the forest. It is possible someone abducted her and is hoping to get a huge ransome!”

Mamud couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Sebrena wasn’t dead yet!

“ Ashkian, if you can find me my daughter, I promise to stop the closed border policy I wanted to implement!”

Ashkian couldn’t believe his ears, his plan had worked, but the problem was, the girl that was meant to be his bait was dead.

Mamud had not seen Isire all evening. He decided to go see her in her room to apologize for how he acted earlier and to assure her Sebrena was going to be found.

He found the room half empty.

“ Sowak, Where is my wife and Minaya!” Mamud asked his wife’s head of maids

“ She left and asked me to give you this note!”

Mamud received the note with shaky hands…

“ Mamud, you are one mistake I made in my life. A wise man once said, Living with an angry man is like living with a house set on fire, sooner or later that fire will burn his loved ones down. You have burnt down Sebrena, I won’t stay and watch you burn down Minaya and I. I hope you don’t burn down the country too.!”