“Filled with so much anger at what Mazi had done, I stood
over my friend’s grave and swore that I would avenge his
death. Mazi, TMG and KK would all pay for their
wickedness. I turned to the grandfather and asked him to
grant me the permission to adopt Christopher’s name. It
was only both of us who knew that Christopher was dead;
and no one really knew what he looked like except me and
the man. Mazi didn’t know, neither did Mantis and KK. I
would go after Mazi first then return to square off with the
gangs – they had killed my friend; they, too, would pay the
steep price. The old man blessed me and told me that
Christopher would always be with me. Barely two days after
I became Christopher, I lured Mazi to Lagos by killing one of
his operatives and leaving a threatening letter for the rich
thug to find. In a week, Mazi left the east for Lagos.
“Lagos is a big city. How was Mazi able to locate you?”
“I located him. I tracked down one of his goons and beat
Mazi’s whereabouts out of him before I killed him. Then I
proceeded to give Mazi a false location about Christopher’s
“Please go on.”
“Two days ago, I contacted Mazi again and told him that
Christopher would be appearing at the Tafawa Balewa
Square in the afternoon of today. With the anger of hearing
about how Christopher had been killing his men, he didn’t
even verify the information that reached him; he just gave
the order to have Christopher taken to him alive. He had a
personal score to settle with him. The truth, however, is that
I led them to chase after a more dangerous person. The
bearded man in the red cap would kill them all in a single
stroke; that was actually what I was counting on. I stood far
away watching how they would all be wasted on trying to
confront the man. But my plan was foiled; I thought Mazi
himself would be there when they try to attack the bearded
man, but that was not to be. I didn’t suspect that Mazi
would ask that Christopher be brought to a certain location.
“When that realisation occured to me, I quickly sought out
Mazi’s right-hand thug and killed him within that hour. I took
his phone and went to the only place I knew would be
crowded after TBS. I went to Shoprite. I needed to find a
mark fast. I sat down in the restaurant and ordered for a
bottle of wine as I looked around for a suitable bait. I had
another plan in mind. I was still searching when you picked
a table close to me and ordered for a meal. You made a call
at that moment and I heard you introduce yourself as
Emeka to the person at the other end of the line. On hearing
your name, I knew I had found a bait; you share the same
name with Christopher, and your full beards was enough to
convince the abductors that you were really Christopher. I
walked out of the restaurant as soon as I heard you mention
your name. I walked away and made a call to the men
waiting in TBS. Then i went to the restroom wth my bag,
changed into these casual shirt and faded trousers, fixed
the false moustache and wore the wig.
“By the time I came out of the restroom, you were already
leaving the restaurant and walking towards the staircase
close to me. I had to act fast or I would lose you. As you
reached the staircase, I suddenly came before you and
tripped. You grabbed me immediately. Then I knew I had
had you. The rest you know.”
“Wow,” said Emeka, “I’m speechless!”
“Good. Now listen very carefully to me, Shoprite is just fifty
metres ahead. You will get out of this car, take the four
bags of money at the backseat and disappear. You have
served your purpose well. The money is your
Emeka stared at Lucas for a moment. He wanted to say
something but thought better of it and opened the door.
“One other thing, Emeka, you must not breathe a word of
everything I told you to anyone. If you do, I will find you
wherever you are and I will kill you. I don’t make empty
threats. You didn’t hear anything about Christopher, Lucas,
Mazi, Rough-88, Mandela, The Mantis Gang or The Kabba-
Emeka stepped out of the car without replying. He opened
the back door and retrieved the money.
“That was such an adventure,” he said as he walked away
with bags containing money.
Lucas zoomed off immediately. The time was 10:25pm.
That was such an adventure!
The revelation hit him like a raging matador. He pressed the
brakes sharply and the car screeched to a stop.
“Oh my goodness!”
He made a sharp U-turn and zoomed back to where he had
dropped the passenger.
The loose pieces of the puzzle were slowly engaging
themselves in his head as he drove on. Emeka had
intentionally called out his own name to his hearing at the
restaurant – he wasn’t making any calls . Emeka didn’t grab
him at the staircase by chance – it was purposeful . Emeka
didn’t take the silenced pistol from the abductors – the dead
men didn’t have silenced pistols. Emeka didn’t shoot
aimlessly at the warehouse – he had actually killed all the
men outside, because no bullet must go to waste. Mazi had
stared with surprise at the entrance and had seen Emeka
before he fell down dead – that was because he saw a
resemblance I didn’t see; he knew whom he was staring at.
Emeka had removed his glasses that short time. The eyes!
God gracious! The eyes!
The table had turned a long time ago. He didn’t use Emeka;
instead, Emeka had used him. Emeka had always been
many steps ahead of him right from the beginning. Another
revelation suddenly occured to him and he groaned out loud.
The master deceiver was not dead – the god of disguise had
done it again!
Emeka was the grandfather he met in the village!
The grave he was shown was Christopher’s grandfather’s.
Emeka, the brown-haired rapper, was Christopher!
Christopher was alive. And he had used him (Lucas) to kill
his evil father, because he didn’t want to commit patricide.
His friend was alive!
The joy that filled his heart was beyond description. He
finally felt whole again.
But there was no Christopher where he had dropped him. He
laughed out loud. He had told Emeka that he didn’t want to
see him again. His friend would make him sweat a little bit
before revealing himself. The knowledge that Christopher
was alive and well was enough to keep him happy for the
rest of his life.
However, he knew Christopher too well. He would not stay
hidden from him for too long. Christopher himself had told
him in the village that he would always be with him. He had
always been with him.
He looked behind him and found two of the four bags of
money. Typical Christopher; he had always believed in
equality. And talking of equality, he knew what Christopher
was going to do next. He had used him to kill his father, now
he would pay back the favour by fighting the one ultimate
TMG and KK, watch out, Christopher is back in town.
The first person Lucas knew Christopher would be going
after was Mandela – the bearded man in the red cap.
And lastly, Christopher would unleash terror on his enemies
with one single name – Lucas!