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25Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 10

Adam knew trouble when he saw one. Unfortunately he was not only seeing this one, he was living He should have seen it coming. He tried again to untie his hands, it was not working. Hassan had tied him very tightly to the chair. If he was going to escape or survive this, he would need a miracle. He looked at Hameed’s body on the floor, he should have known. Hameed was erratic, emotional, crazy but he was not as calculated to pull off all the murders without getting caught. He should have known.
He could not die. Not yet. If he died, it would most likely mean Kate would die too.
Ese! He could not die without seeing his child.
“Hey!” He screamed.
Hassan strode into the room, a smile on his face.
“What do you want?”
“Look, I don’t beg criminals, I’d rather die but…”
Hassan laughed. “I knew there was a but coming.”
Adam shook his head, he hated that he had to do this. “My wife is in the hospital right now having a baby.”
“Aww, congratulations. It’s sad your wife has to raise that child alone.”
“What’s your plan here?” Adam asked. “Kill us and return to your life? All my detectives are out looking for you. They know you are the killer. You won’t last a day out there.”
Hassan leaned on the wall, the smile still plastered on his face. Looking at him now Adam could not believe he had not suspected him. It was obvious the devil himself lived inside of him.
“Here’s my plan Detective. I will kill you, that’s a given. Then I will travel to Niger Republic where I have friends. I will take Kate with me of course, I have become quite fond of her. I will marry her and we will travel the world together.”

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22Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 9

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Hameed had been gone for about six hours and the whole of Abuja was looking for him. Adam was not sure how the press got news of the search but it was being broadcast on almost every station. Several people had called in saying they saw him but like Adam expected, they were all bogus calls. Hameed did not look like someone who was smart enough to pull off an escape. Especially now his father seemed to be fed up with him and had stopped helping him. At least that was what he said.
They had checked everywhere they thought he could hide. Except for his uncle’s place. Getting access into the house had not been easy to get. Honourable Hassan had reminded them of his position and blatantly refused them access. General Galadima had intervened though but Adam was not sure if it was worth the effort.
“Remind me why we are here again.” Kate said.
“I’m beginning to wonder myself. Hameed can’t be hiding here, it doesn’t make sense.”
“So why are we here then?”
“Did you see how the Honourable was reluctant to let us in? I just think there’s something he is hiding.”
“I hope something turns up soon. Hameed gets farther away with every minute we waste here.”
He knew she was right but it all did not sit well with him. Hameed was one of his first suspects but now that he looked more and more like the killer he could not help but wonder if he was wrong. Why would he run if he was innocent? His running away still confused him. And there was the part of the General calling him a coward. What was all that about?
“Detective, how goes the search?” It was Honourable Hassan.
“We’ll be out of here as soon as we can Honourable.” Adam said.
“How well do you know Hameed sir?” Kate asked.
“Like a brother.” Honourable Hassan said with a smile. “To be honest I’m sort of surprised he could do all you are accusing him of.”
Adam looked at the Honourable, maybe he was his chance to finally get something on General Galadima.
“How long have you known Hameed for? General Galadima too?”
“Long enough to know the General will be very upset right now.” Hassan replied.
That answer was not what Adam wanted but he could not come out to ask his question clearly. “Did you know Hameed when he was younger – say in secondary school?”
“Yeah I did. I call him my nephew but you know I’m not a Galadima and I’m not his mother’s brother either. I lived with them since I was a kid though.”
Adam was getting closer to what he wanted. “So you lived in Bida too?”
Hassan paused. “Yes I did. Hameed was quite young then though.”
If Hassan was young then he was right about General Galadima.
“He wasn’t too young though.” Honourable Hassan added. “Maybe about eighteen. Why do you ask?”
Eighteen wasn’t too young. Did it mean Hameed could have committed the murder? His father had called him a coward. Could a coward kill people the way Hameed did?
“Detective?”
“I’m sorry, my mind had wandered. There was a murder in Bida, similar to the one of Senator Halima, did you know about it?”
Hassan shot Adam a look, Adam knew he had hit a nerve.

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20Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 8

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Adam paced around the house. He could hear Kate’s voice through the bedroom door as she talked with Ese. He had a decision to make, one he had to make very fast. Telling the doctor he would take some days off to take care of his wife sounded like a chivalrous thing to do at the time, now it just sounded stupid. There was a dead body he should be attending to.

What was he doing anyway? It wasn’t like he could take care of a pregnant woman. His panic at the false labour was enough proof of that.

The bedroom door opened and he turned around to see Kate.

“How is she?” Adam asked.

She ignored his question. “What are you going to do?”

“I don’t know yet. How is she?”

“I can’t answer that question until I know what you’re going to do.”

Adam held her hand and drew her away from the door.

“What do you expect me to do? I can’t tell my wife I’m leaving her but I can’t leave the case right now. They just found another body.”

“I know, I know, but still you have to make up your mind. The sooner the better.”

“You don’t seem to…”

His phone rang, it was Detective Samson.

“Detective?”

“Sir, we are waiting for you. We may not be able to hold off the press for much longer.”

“I’ll be with you soon.” He ended the call.

“So you’re going then?” Kate asked.

“Just for now. I will check the body, tell them what to do and come back home.”

Kate smiled. “Good luck explaining that to your wife.”

She was right. He knew better than anyone that there was no way a detective will see a dead body and turn around. What was he supposed to do?

His phone rang again.

“Samson, I said you should wait!”

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18Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 7

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First stop: the Yellow House.

Adam flashed his ID more than ten times before he got to the cell where Senator Bello had been held. He had wanted to go immediately he saw the news but Ese had forbidden him from leaving the house. He kind of wished he had defied her because now he barely had anything. The body had been taken down and he was sure he was already buried. But he had to check, there was a chance he could find something yet.

He entered the cell and looked around. It was not a regular cell, it was way cleaner and more comfortable than any cell he had ever entered. Apparently, a senator still had some privileges even in detention. There was a mattress but the bedsheet was gone. He looked at the ceiling, there was a hook where a fan used to hang. It was stupid to leave something like that in a cell but then it was not very often that VIP prisoners took their own lives.

Why did he do it? The question had eaten at him since he heard about the suicide. If Senator Bello was innocent as he believed he was, why would he take his own life? Was there foul play? Did somebody kill him and make it look like a suicide.

He looked outside the cell, a guard stood watching him.

“Hey.” Adam called him.

He looked at Adam but did not move.

“Were you here when they found the body?”

“Yes sir.” He said and looked away.

Adam came out of the cell and walked to the guard. The guard shifted uneasily, he did not meet Adam’s gaze. Adam was sure he would not have answered any of his questions if he knew he could get away with not answering.

“When did you start working here?” Adam asked.

“Two years ago sir.”

“How many people have used this cell?” Adam pointed to the cell that had housed Senator Bello.

“I’m not sure. Maybe one or two.”

Adam nodded. “Tell me what happened yesterday before the body was found.”

The guard shifted from foot to foot. He did not want to talk, it made Adam want to hear what he had to say even more. He considered how to get what he wanted. He could threaten him like everybody in Abuja did. Or he could try another method.

“What’s your name?” Adam asked.

“Lekan Sadiq.”

“Okay Sadiq, you know who I am. I can offer you a job at the CIB and I assure you we pay better and you won’t spend all your days in this depressing place.”

It did not look like Sadiq was completely convinced but the offer had an effect on him.

“Just tell me what happened here yesterday Sadiq.”

“I love my job here,” He leaned closer to Adam. “If I lose it somehow, I’m holding you to that offer. But I’m not telling you this because of the job.”

“Sure, just help me understand what happened here.”

“The Senator was quite cheerful from the day he was brought here, he kept telling us he would be out in a matter of hours. He was innocent, he kept saying.”

“Did he talk to anybody? A lawyer? Family?”

“Not while I was here. Not even a lawyer, that was surprising. I don’t think he had any visitor. Well, until yesterday.”

Adam’s heart beat faster. Was he about to find the killer he had been looking for?

“Who came yesterday?” Adam asked.

“General Galadima.”

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15Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 6

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“Hameed is the killer?” Kate asked, worry painted on her face.

Adam was not sure Hameed was the killer but he was almost sure Senator Bello wasn’t. Hameed had tried very hard to pin it on Senator Bello and with his very connected father, he had eventually succeeded. He could bet Hameed committed the murders.

“How are you going to prove that?” Kate continued. “Going after Hameed is not only going to anger his powerful father, it will also get you in trouble with the president.”

He knew that already. “That’s why they will not know we are doing anything until we are done investigating and have real proof.”

“How are we going to get the proof?” Kate was obviously not pleased with what he was doing.

Adam had no idea. He needed a miracle. He was already about to have one when Senator Dafe called claiming to know who killed Senator Halima but now he needed a miracle to find out who killed his miracle.

“Senator Dafe knew the killer. How did he know? We need to search his house properly.”

Kate shook her head. “We can’t do that. On what grounds are we going to search the house? The case is supposed to be closed or suspended at best.”

Adam nodded. It was frustrating; running an investigation without calling the shots. There had to be another way to enter the house.

There was another way to enter the house!

“Kate, the lady who worked for Senator Dafe, are we still holding her here?” Adam asked.

“Yeah, you need her for…” Kate started then understood where he was going. “You want her to spy for you?”

“Spy? No, I don’t need a spy. I need somebody to get me into the house without anybody knowing. She already helped someone get in. She will have to help me too.”

“Isn’t that a little risky?”

“Get the woman for me.”

“Uncle Adam…”

“Get her now.”

Kate left the room. Adam knew for sure he did not want to cross the general or the president without having something concrete to confront them with. He was desperate. He would do anything to get something to hold against Hameed, even if it meant entering Senator Dafe’s house illegally.

There was a knock on his door. Adam looked up and Detective Samson entered.

“Good day sir.”

“Found me something to charge Hameed Galadima with?” Adam asked.

“No sir.”

“So why are you here?”

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13Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 5

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Adam slammed the brake and pulled the car to a stop. The engine was barely off when he jumped out of the car and ran into the house. He had arrived fast but still the press had beat him to the Senator’s house. He ignored their silly questions and flashing cameras, he needed to get into the house before everything was ruined.

He burst through the door. There were a few people in the room downstairs. More importantly, Kate was already there waiting for him. He was not sure what he would do without her.

“Talk to me Kate.” Adam said as soon as he sighted her.

“Come with me.” She said.

The walked through doors and rooms and up a flight of stairs. There were no people here, he had told Kate to make sure nobody came near the body. They entered the room and Adam saw the it. The body lay in a pool of blood. He had been shot thrice. Once in the stomach and twice in the chest.

A wave of anger, guilt and sadness overcame him.

He should have been there with the Senator like he said he would. He should have put the General in his place and come to Senator Dafe immediately.

“Who entered the room first?” Adam asked, kneeing beside the body.

“I did. They didn’t even know he had been killed.” Kate said.

Adam looked up at her. “They didn’t hear a gunshot? They didn’t see anything?”

Kate shrugged. There was a story there, he would check it later. Was this the work of a professional? It did not look like it. It was safe to assume he was killed by the same person who killed Senator Halima. So maybe this was political after all.

“Kate, keep this house under lock down. Nobody comes or leaves until I say so.”

“Okay boss.”

“And kick out every single journalist here. And I mean that literally”

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11Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 4

“I do not care who he is.” Adam shouted into the phone. “Listen up Nnamdi, I understand here in Abuja you can get away with anything once you are a politician but I don’t care about that. He is a suspect and I am investigating him.”

Adam ended the call and threw the phone on the table.

“What was that?” Kate asked.

“That was Nnamdi the lap dog trying to bully me into dropping the senator as a suspect.” Adam said.

“That guy is a joker.”

“You got that right. All we have to do now is find evidence to confirm he killed Senator Halima.”

Adam’s phone rang and he looked at it.

“It’s Nnamdi calling again. I would have blocked his line if I was sure he won’t one day have an important information from the IG.”

“That day may be today, so answer it.”

Adam picked the call. “Nnamdi, what is… oh.”

After listening for almost a minute, he removed the phone from his ear and dropped it on his table.

“You look…different.” Kate said.

“That was the Inspector General.”

“Really? And?”

“He just told me to drop Senator Bello. He said he can vouch for him, he wants a list of other suspects on his table by noon today.” Continue reading

08Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 3

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Adam collected the phone from Kate and read without saying a word. He finished reading and gave the phone back to her. His investigation was about to get tougher.

“Okay, now we have another suspect, it is time to put up a board.”

Kate nodded and left the room. Adam knew that if he started what he was about to do, there was no way he was going to get home on time. Ese was angry when he left the house, it will stupid to make it worse by getting home late.

Kate entered the room with a whiteboard and some markers.

“I want you to print out the pictures of our two suspects.” Adam said.

“Way ahead of you.” She said waving two pictures in the air and handing them to Adam.

Adam collected the pictures and pasted them on the board.

“So now we have two suspects. Suspect one; Hameed Galadima. Son of wealthy general and fiance of victim. Has unverified alibi, and has strong motive to commit. Probably has means and opportunity too.”

“Suspect number two; Senator Sunday Bello. Senator of the federal republic, opposition senator to victim and open antagonist.”

The case of Senator Bello was curious. He was opposed to a bill Senator Halima was co-sponsoring but he was not just opposed to the bill, it looked like he had an axe to grind with Halima. It was strange that despite Halima’s death he was not relenting on going after her.

“What is this man’s problem with Halima exactly?” Adam asked.

“I’m trying to find out.” Kate said, scrolling through pages on her phone. “I can’t seem to find why he hates her so much.”

“We pay him a visit then.”
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06Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 2

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Immediately Adam got home he knew he was in trouble. The doors were unlocked. Ese never left the door open when she was going to sleep. He opened the door and entered. The door made a slight click when he closed it. He looked at the huge clock chiming away on the wall, it was almost one am. It was bad enough that he got home late when he had promised not to but having to tell Ese that he was on the case was worse. He flicked a switch and light flooded the living room. On one of the sofas was Ese, she was asleep. Not even the light woke her. He felt so guilty, she had actually tried to wait up for him.

He walked to her and knelt by the sofa. He brushed some straying strands of hair from her face, she looked so peaceful in her sleep. He placed his hands on her protruded stomach and smiled. He was going to be a father soon and he wanted to be there for his wife and baby but his child would live in a better and safer world if he could catch whoever killed the senator.

“Adam,” He had not noticed her eyes open. “You said you would not stay too long.”

“I’m sorry Ese. I had to take care of things before help came.” Adam said, helping her up from the sofa.

“This is the last we’ll hear of the investigation, right?” Ese asked.

Adam did not reply.

“Adam?”

“The IG called and…”

“You took the case?”

“I wasn’t exactly given a choice.”

She placed a palm on her belly. “Our baby is due in less than a month.”

Adam moved close to her and held her. “The case won’t affect that.”

She walked out of his embrace and headed for the room.

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04Jan/16

THE HAUNTED ASSEMBLY 1

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Adam caught the look on his wife’s face again and looked away. She was trying to make him feel bad and it was working. He walked away from her and towards the wine. He was at the party for a reason; he could not leave, not yet. It was a party with a lot of political bigwigs and they did not seem to mind that their host – Senator Adeshina was nowhere to be found. But then, none of them had a pregnant wife to worry about, he did.

He picked two glasses and walked back to Ese. He stopped in front of her and smiled. He had married a beautiful woman, not even the eight months old foetus pushing her belly out of proportion could disguise that.

“You look beautiful tonight Ese.” He said as he set the glasses on the table in front of her.

“I don’t feel beautiful. I feel like a house on legs.” She said with a grunt. “And this house wants to go home.”

“We can’t leave yet Ese, we’ve not even seen the Senator.”

“It’s not our fault he is late to his own party, I’m tired Honey, I need to go home.”

Adam looked at his watch, it was past nine; she was right it was late.

“Babe, let’s wait for another fifteen minutes, if the senator isn’t here, we will leave, okay?”

“You’re not leaving, are you?” A voice said from behind them.

Adam turned around, it was the Senator. Finally, they could pay their respects and leave.

“The Mrs was getting a little tired, that’s all.” Adam said.

“It’s not me sir, it’s the baby.” Ese said.

“I’m sorry Adam, I apologise specially to you Ese. I was held up by a call from the Hungarian ambassador who for some reason I can’t fathom has become a dear friend.”

“We totally understand sir. We just wanted a chance to say a big thank you for your help sir.” Adam said.

“My help?”

“Our transfer to Abuja.” Ese said.

“You think I did you a favour by bringing you to Abuja? I hope you still think so in six months.” The senator said and laughed.

“I’m sure there are other people you need to say hello to.” Adam said, he could tell his wife was barely keeping the fake smile on her face.

“Oh sure, most of them I should introduce you to, Senator Halima especially. She’s been eager to meet you.”

He knew who Senator Halima Abubakar was. She was the youngest member of the senate, she was barely thirty five. It was obvious she was only in the Senate because of who her parents were. He wondered why she wanted to meet him.

“She is a big fan of the Church Street Killer case, she should be here already; she’s never late for

parties.” The senator said. He dug his hand into his pocket and brought out his phone.

Adam nodded and smiled, he hoped the senator would just go; he was almost as eager to leave as his wife was now.

“Excuse me please,” The senator said. “I need to take this call.”

Adam watched him leave. He whispered to Ese. “This is our chance.”

He helped Ese to her feet and they walked across the room. There were a lot of important people in the room, people who could make his stay in Abuja easier, people he had hoped the senator would introduce him to. He had learnt his lesson, he would not bring a heavily pregnant woman to a party next time.

“Adam?” He heard the voice call behind him and he stopped, it was the Senator. No!

He could hear Ese grumble. “Just tell him I’m not feeling well.” She said.

“I’m sorry sir, Ese isn’t…”

“Adam, you need to come with me.”

Adam shook his head. “Sir, I…”

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