At exactly 0905hours we arrived maiduguri airforce base. Agent Arome and the section chief in charge of Maiduguri went in for a tet-a-tet. Only God knows what those two discussed.

Three armoured SUVs and a black hilux vehicle were on standby, we hopped in almost immediately our commander was done speaking with the section chief.
It was a long drive in the outskirts of the city. The city held a poor view, it was nothing less of a war ground. Those rascals really gave maiduguri a heavy blow.

We alighted from the vehicles at a 50km radius from the enemies camp.
The village…no hamlet was ruined and deserted, most of its inhabitants died in a massacre staged by the same terrorists sect.
The enemies’ camp was more of a castle. Making it more difficult to place where the hostages were.

Agent Arome slowly brought down his little telescope. The SWAT team were in a group of four. He used his hand to direct each group, they all moved stealthily, surrounding the castle.
He held a walkie-talkie close to his mouth. “Alpha 1, confirm position” the leader of the first group affirmed by raising his glove claded index finger.
“Alpha 2….” Arome’s voice trailed off when we heard a thud. A human figure wearing a sack mask fell from above. Vivian and i exchanged glances. I stepped forward, not fearfully but carefully.
I stooped low and took off the mask, behind it was a human skeleton. Interestingly, a small device fell from the sack. I took it, handing it to Arome.
He scurried the device for seconds, he clicked the ‘play’ option, realising it was a video message from the sect leader.
The man was young, his teeth were too brown for his age. “this is what would become of the president’s daughter if you don’t retreat”

“filthy båstard!” Arome cursed. He trampled over the device angrily.

“operation mode changed to blade storm. Relay to others” he implored.

Geez this dude want a bloody WWIII around here. WTF!!!
Suddenly the environment was filled with noises of gunshots and smells of burns. As our team engaged in fire combat with the sect army.
I withdrew my .45 revolver and started towards one of the building. Two sect armies stood at my way, i swiftly retrieved two knives from the sides of my trouser. My aim was never wrong, the knives drilled their hearts, pumping out a fountain of blood. I continued moving. Kicked a half dead sect soldier, brought down five and injured eight.

I finally got to the entrance of one of the buildings. Its wooden door was locked from within. I took some steps backward then kicked it hard, of course it opened.

The interior was faintly lite, i could hear muffled voices, i walked towards its direction. The single path opened into a big room, divided by iron nets. The hostages were imprisoned there. I walked past the first ‘cell’, the second and the third i failed to recognize any of the hostages.
I strode to the last cage, just then i heard someone call me by my real name.
It was Aisha the president’s daughter! She was in the fourth cage.

“Aisha!” i smiled running to her.

“halt!” a harsh voice commanded. It was then it dawned on me i’d fallen into a trap.
I was all surrounded by tens of the sect army.

“take him away” the leader voiced out. Uhmmm i was utterly helpless there was no way i could fight atleast twenty armed men.

“no ooo” i heard Aisha cry as i was taken away.

They lead me to a dark room.
Those rascals kept hitting me on the way.

“turn on the lights” a familiar voice commanded. Was my ears betraying me? Could it be Arome???

The lights were switched on, Arome sat on a big chair, my sister was on his lap, with a knife pointed to her throat.

“Arome what the heck are you doing with my sister?” i yelled.

he grinned devilishly. “lets just say payback. Who should i start with? You? Or her?”

i looked at Ojima, my kid sis, tears welled up her beautiful eyes. My heart pumped faster, i just couldn’t believe Arome was a double agent. Incredible for the position he held in NIA.

“if you lay a finger on her, i swear……”

“hahahaha” he laughed interruptedly and moved his hand to slit Ojima’s throat.
I tried getting up, the sect army held me down.
Just then a gunshot was heard.
I was scared, i couldn’t look up, Ojima was shot in cold blood. The innocent girl!
Blood dropped on my toe, i didn’t hear Arome speak, perhaps he regretted his action.
I rose my head to see one of the sect army pointing gun to the others, the same person shot Arome Ojima was save. There was a distraction in the room, i back flipped, kicking two soldiers in the process. A fight ensued between the sect army, i and the ‘betrayer’. We defeated some and took to our heels, i dragged Ojima along.

“thanks for the help. But who are you?” .

The sect soldier took off her barret, then completely removed the uniform.

“yeah. I’d always suspected that Arome. The kingpin is captured, vip and few hostages are safe.” she replied.





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