Come in." I muttered still going through the video footage. I suddenly had the light turned off.
"Happy birthday!!" They chorused with the light back on. The smile on my face was bright enough to lit up the whole station.
"Guys." I stood up and walked close to them. I can't believe I forgot my birthday. "Thanks for always remembering." I smiled sheepishly.
"Yes boss. We know how selfless you are. It's our duty to this." Ini, my next in command, replied. I really needed to start noticing days like this.
"Let's cut the cake. There is an after party today." He commented as I nodded blowing off the candles. My phone suddenly rang. I went back to my table to retrieve my phone. It was the Senior Officer.
"Sir!" I saluted as everyone stood still. "What? Right now sir?" I turned looking at everyone and the preparation. I am sorry guys." Yes sir, I am free sir.... Alright Sir." The call ended.
"Thank you so much for this. Trust me, I would eat the cake but I need to do something right now." I spoke up as they all looked sad but left anyways.
"Boss." Ini warned as I sighed. I know what he is about to say but I can't waste any more time. "We need to catch a thief." I said walking outside knowing full well that he was going to follow me.
"Boss, wait! Let's go together."
We got to the super market in less than five minutes. Ini is a great driver, I tell you. We decided to lurk round the corners. Hopefully, the thief would show up and the attenders would give us the signal. We waited for few minutes till we heard the shout from inside.
"Over there, thief. Catch that thief." Someone from inside came out shouting and running after an old man?
"Is that the thief?" I questioned Ini as we were both chasing the man till I got him by his belt region.
"Turn around old man." I shouted still trying to harden my grip on his back. He turned around slowly giving us a strange look.
"Please free me. I only stole a few things." He murmured as I snickered.
"Really? So, you know it's wrong to steal and you still did it? Follow me, I am taking you to the station." I said pulling him with me.
"No, please don't. My grand daughter is at home waiting for me to return with food. Forgive me, I won't do it again." He cried as I kept dragging him. I had to go by the book.
"Boss! What are you doing?" Ini shouted and I stopped walking. He untangled my hands from his.
"You are hurting an old man." He stressed out as I stared.
"He is a thief. I don't just go around hurting people you know." I retorted wanting to grab the man hand.
"He isn't going to the station. You see, bring what you stole and go home. I would give you some money. You shouldn't steal any longer." He told the man as the man nodded. He thanked him deeply before dropping all the stolen items and he received the few thousands Ini gave him.
"Now, go home." The man left as I faced Ini.
"You just let a criminal go. He is a thief!" I fired back.
"That steals for his daughter's health. He doesn't want her to die of hunger." Ini retorted as I glared. Why don't he understand? No sentiments when catching criminals! Why don't people get it?
"Really? If everyone decides to steal and make some money for their family. I guess we have to free all of them too." I said dryly.
"Boss, this is totally different. He is an old man. What does he gain from stealing? So, look at what he stole. Is this even considered as theft?" He shouted as I looked down counting what he stole. Some biscuits, gala and a bottled water.
"You see that! It doesn't even amount to two hundred and fifty naira! This supermarket is silly to call a Police over a minute case like this." He argued as I looked at him.
"So, this isn't is first time. He has been doing this and the fact that he never got caught gave him the grace to do more. Whatsoever the reason might be, stealing isn't the next resort." I clarified.
"I know that damn too well. But, he doesn't. He acted as far as his mentality could carry him." Ini explained as I sighed.
"Why does he have a thief's mentality. That is the issue. That thought needs to be eradicated before it passes on to his grand daughter." I replied as Ini jammed his boot in frustration.
"Boss, why don't you get it?" He groaned as I glared at him.
"This is the very last time you would let a criminal go free. If it happens again, I would have to follow the book." I warned as he looked awestricken.
"You are sometimes heartless. Like what you did earlier too. We all left our busy schedules to celebrate with you. But, you looked us all in the face and still made the decision to come here? I would do you good by leaving alone. I guess you don't like people around." He muttered before walking away.
"Like seriously, what if it was a serial killer I had to catch? Tell me, won't I leave?" I shouted but he didn't even spare me a glance. I entered the vehicle and was driving back to the office.
Yeah, you are right! I was just a heartless girl that don't care about anything else myself included. I only had one focus and that was to bring criminals to justice. On this path that I had chosen, I don't mind hurting anything/ anyone that prevents me. Some things can't be stopped no matter what!
My phone rang again as I cleared my thoughts before answering.
"Boss, I need your help please. Their vehicle has been identified. But, we fear that we would lose them all if we attack alone." Dapo wailed over the phone as I ignited the already parked vehicle.
"Be on watch. I would be there in the next few minutes. Send the address to me." I hung up as my phone beeped few seconds later. The drive was fast but not law-breaking fast. I arrived there and saw the black mini jeep parked very close to the big tree.
"Over there boss. It has been parked for over an hour." I nodded as I walked towards it with my pistol in hand.
I relaxed on one of the sofas. I needed to line my thoughts in one direction. A lot of plans have been structured. The process and sequence is the part I needed to feast on."Give it back, it's mine!" David yelled as he ran down the stairs pursuing someone; I guess Abigail."I take this as your apology." She shouted back.I was right!.."Seriously, I can give anything you want but not my hair dryer." He shouted as I opened my eyes. All these ruckus for hair dryer? Seriously David?"You know it's different from the one here. I am the female here." She argued back as he shrugged."Well, i'm the one with the loose hair. You are making braids babe." He retorted as I shouted. I couldn't take it anymore."Can you guys both turn it down. You just disrupted my stream of thoughts. I really don't like that." I shouted as they nodded. After a few minutes silence, Abigail start
Four -- EwawummiI had never really seen someone like this before. Why was he involving himself with the whole issue. Was he really going to die today?"What do we do?" I asked as he looked at me. His handsome face was another thing that keeps me off my mind."We would need to go over the roof. That's the best way because before the building burns up to the roof, we should have come up with something." He said as I nodded and followed him when he pulled my hands.For a long while, no guy had ever held my hand. I can't count the number of times he held me today."He searched through the building and we were lucky to have found a ladder. He rested it firmly on a wall before telling me to go up."Wait, what? Am I to go up first?" I questioned suddenly feeling annoyed."Yeah, of course. I need to assist you and stop you from falling." H
Five - Iseoluwa. I opened the door as they all turned to me. I was sorry to have worried them all. Eric walked towards me with pure anger that I wanted to move backwards."Seriously Ish? You move out of the house to get fresh air and you come back this late at night without a call?" He shouted as I closed my eyes. I don't need to deal with this right now. I had been through worse."We would talk about it later." I said sternly as I walked away."What do you think you are doing? We waited and stayed all night expecting you and all you do is walk away? Do you ever think about us?" He said as I stopped holding fast to the stairs handle. I really can't deal with this. I might end up becoming unconscious which would make you more worried."Believe what you want, Eric. I said later. I never said I wasn't going to tell you." I took another step trying very hard to control my breathing. I don't
Six -- Kunle"For real, what's the issue?" She asked as I sighed. I really don't have to explain. Why can't people understand me? I had the right to live in any way I want."Kunle, I am talking to you!" She shouted as I glared."Don't act like you care! Besides, I have been accepted into the force already. And you know that I am definitely going to resume." I finally said as she gasped."What do you mean that I don't care? How can you even say that? You are my son!" She said as I flared up."Mom!! You really don't have to state that annoying fact! Please leave while I am being nice. I need to pack up." I said walking deeper into my room. I heard the room door shut indicating that she had gone out. I slumped on my bed shutting my eyes.Did she really have to play dumb? I know about it all!A knock suddenly distracted my thoughts as I sat up. Did she perha
Seven -- IseoluwaI walked into their room with a frown on my face. Abigail was already in too."What's wrong Ish?" Eric said noticing my mood."Nothing much. I was vexed by the guy who stays next to me. He called himself a cop or something. Pretty sure he isn't." I huffed before laying down on David's bed."Wow! Are you angry?" David teased as I glared at him before he turned with a smile."But is he really a cop?" Abigail chipped in as I shook my head."Nah, he can't be! He would rather work as a waiter." I said as they all bursted into laughter. I just shrugged. The energy that radiated off him wasn't good."So,"... I sat up. "About Badejo, I made some personal research about him. I removed the files from my bag and distributed them. They all looked through it carefully."We can see that seven years ago, he was given a task by the governmen
Eight -- KunleI drove straight to the station. Just as I expected, it was a big one. After I carefully parked my vehicle. I walked into it with the necessary information I needed to carry.I met two officers at the front door. "Hi, morning!" I greeted as I walked away not before I heard them whispering to each other.'He must be the new officer. I pity him. He is working under boss himself.'Not letting their talk get to me, I was directed to the main office where I met a lot of officers. They greeted me as I answered politely before asking for the direction to His office.I entered after he instructed me too. His pose strike a resemblance to a warrior. I gave him a smile before stating my name once again. I already stated it when I knocked earlier."Alright. I am sure you must have heard. You work directly under my authority. Your office is next door. I believe all your necessary
Nine- Iseoluwa"I got information about his son just as you have asked. Guess what guys? He is an addict." David said with a scoff as I sat up. What more could you expect from a spoilt kid like him. I rolled my eyes in disgust."Also, he just returned from Canada. He was said to have been studying but his father sent him to a rehabilitation centre." He added as I turned to him."So, is he cured?" I asked as he shook his head."No damn way! He only caused trouble but his dad doesn't know. Three criminal cases in five years. He pulled a great one out there." David mocked."I really wonder how you get deep information that his father doesn't know. I applaud you Dave." Abigail said as David smiled."My source is the best. These hands are magical." He winked as she laughed."So Ish, what do you plan on doing with the son? And even with the old man too. Any co
Ten -- IseoluwaI was dressed totally in black as usual when I bumped into fake cop. Wait, what? He is really a cop!"I can't believe you are a cop." I muttered with a smirk."I did tell. At least my uniform did justice to your disbelief." He boasted as I huffed."I am pretty sure you are a rookie. A new recruit." I retorted with a wink as he frowned."You look like a serial killer with that tongue of yours and the overall black. I am suspicious." He whispered the last part as I laughed. You were damn right."Uh-oh! I am shaking right now." I mocked with a roll of my eyes. I don't know why I feel so edgy around him."Or perhaps I am right? Are you really a criminal?" He asked as I nodded."Yeah. I kill humans." I deadpanned."Whatever. I am off. How about you find a job too?" He mocked as I glared at him."A c