I opened my eyes and found myself in a room
sitting on a chair, my hands were not tied
though. I looked around and saw one of the
“Who are you, what do you want from me? I
asked and no one answered me.
He brought out a phone from his pocket and
dialed a number.
“Boss we have her and she’s awake” He put
the call on speaker.
“Anike Adams!” I heard the monster’s voice.
It was Odigwe. “Thanks for making my work
easy, have been tailing you for the past one
“Coward, you are a coward. Why can’t you
fight him man to man. Instead you want to
use me as a bait to get to him” I said.
“You are wrong Anike, this is how a real man
fight. Find the enemy’s weakness and use it
against them. Anyways your lover has three
days to give up the post or I’ll kill you”
“Even if you kill me, you won’t get that post,
you think the federal government will
appoint you when they know you killed
someone to take the post”
“You think so, let’s see if your old lover will
choose you over the position. Anyway enjoy
your stay and make your self comfortable”
“Get me out of here this minute”
He ignored me “Sniper”
“Take a picture of her and send it to me, I’ll
forward it to Alawode”
“Yes boss” he said and hung up,
He snapped me and send it. Some minutes
later he called back.
“The guy picked the call and put it on
“Anike! Someone who’d like to speak with
you” He said and I heard his voice. I couldn’t
help but cry.
“Anike are you OK, did they hurt you” I was
just crying the more.
“ I promise, I’ll get you out of there my
princess” He said and the line went off.
The second day, sniper told me Alawode is
“Instead of him to cooperate, he’s busy
looking for ways to get you out of here,
instead of him to step down. He can’t find
you, he cant find my boss as well” he said.
On the third day, Odigwe called sniper.
“Hello” he said and put it in speaker, I
guesses he told him to do so”
“Congratulations, I heard the monster’s voice.
Your Man really loves you, you are lucky girl
having someone like Alawode in your life. He
just called a Press conference now, he has
stepped down” He said sounding victorious.
“You bastard, I assure you, you won’t get
away with th…..” Sniper slapped me hard on
the cheek before I finished my statement. He
placed the phone on his ear, it’s no more on
speaker. They talked for for minutes before
ending the call.
He covered my face with a hood, I was led
out into a vehicle. They dumped me at no
where in particular and zoomed off.
I removed the wood, I was in the middle of
nowhere. I saw my phone beside me on the
floor. It was off so I put it on.
I dialed Prince’s number.
“Anike! Where are you, are you OK?”
I’m in the middle of nowhere, no vehicles, no
sign posts, nothing” I said
“Logistics team are here, don’t disconnect,
just stay on the line while they trace this call,
hope you have enough charge on your
“Let me check” I checked it. “34%”
“That should be enough”
“What about airtime?”
Last time checked I still have 20 something
thousand naira call card” I informed.
“Good, How long will it take, he asked the
logistics team?” He asked the logistics team.
“The reception there is very poor, it will
make the trace slower. Let’s say 30mins”
“30min is much, can’t you do better. Anike
please hold on I’ll get you out of there”
“25mins later, I heard the voice of one of the
logistics. “ Sir the signal is weak, making it
hard to trace”
“Gosh, what do you suggest we do” he asked
“She should move around, so we could get
where we can have a strong signal”
“Anike! He called out. I heard them, I replied
him and started moving.
Before I could take three steps, the line went
The sun was scotching the hell out of me, I’m
thirty and feeling dehydrated already.
I moved around searching for signal.
Then I saw a big snake, I almost stepped on it
while searching for signal.
I ran, I couldn’t believe the distance I covered
in a minute, adrelanine at work.
By the time I stopped running under the hot
sun, I tried to catch my breath. No tree where
I could take cover just bushes.
I checked the signal and I got a not too strong
one but better than before.
I called back. I was still p@nting
“What happened, why are you p@nting”
“I saw a snake”
“Oh my God, are you ok?”
“The logistics says the signal there is better,
just maintain that position. Ok!”
“How long will it take?” Prince asked.
“We should be done in less than 30mins”
“But you said the signal is better”
“Better sir, not strong”
“Anike, just hold on a little. I love you, you
know that right”
“Remember the last time we were in Paris”
“Remember you thought me a dance, can’t
remember the name of the dance”
“Salsa dance” I cut in and I smiled faintly.
“Yes, salsa dance, I couldn’t get it of my
head. That was the first time we danced
“Yes and you learn very fast too” I said with
a broad smile.
“That moment is one of the moment I
“Me too” I said and smiled for the first time
in three days.
He was using that to buy time. Till my
location is traced. And it really worked
because I almost forgot I was alone in that
deserted area. He succeded in distracting me.
“We have a location” I heard the voice of one
of the logistics crew.
“Good let’s move” He said. I heard footsteps
Few minutes later his voice came up,” we are
coming for you Anike, I’ll bring you home”
“Prince, this place is scary”
“Just think of me and I’ll be there”. He said
and I heard I need an angel.
The song playing at the background. I sang
along quietly, moving my head slowly to the
rhythm of the song.
I’m sure the place is far from the city. An
hour and some minutes later. I saw his
motorcade. He alighted and ran towards me.
“Prince……I hugged him and cried
I passed out but I still hear his voice
shouting. “Stay with me, Anike stay with
I did not wake up until I got to the hospital,
my clothes was wet. They add baptized me
with water on their way to the hospital.
A female doctor attended to me, I was placed
on IV fluids. She told Prince, I’m fine, that it’s
just dehydration and stress. She said that
after taking the fluids. He placed me under 24
Prince was with me all through, He said one
of his staff to get some food for us. He spent
the night at the hospital, no change of
clothes, nothing. He sat right next to me. Till
The doctor examined me in the morning, he
said I’m very much OK. I was discharged. We
left the hospital for Prince’s house.
Admiral Odigwe was automatically given the
post because his opponent, Prince stepped
down. He came back into the country two
days later. But unknown to him, Prince in
collaboration with the President had plans
Odigwe names was forwarded to EFCC. EFCC
dug some dirt’s on him. At a particular year
when he was handling a post at the federal
level he embezzled some money. He was
arrested and probed and taken to court.
All evidences pointed to the fact that he was
guilty. He’s assets were seized, his account
was frozen. He was relieved of all his posts
including the one he snatched from Prince
through his dubious means. He was
sentenced to 7years imprisonment.
The appointment was given to someone else,
Prince rejected the offer. He said he’s longer
A week later, when I was very much okay, I
answered to Prince. There is an adage in
Yoruba language that says
‘You first send the fox away before coming
back to the the fowl’
“Anike, we need to talk” he said
authoritatively. That voice was not nice and I
know he wants to talk about the kidnap.
“I’m sorry Prince. I’m sorry for everything
I’ve caused you especially the position” I said
“Position! You almost lost your life because of
“I told you to stay back from work till
everything is over but you still insisted on
going to work. No, you didn’t leave this
because of work because you were kidnap on
your way to the airport. You plan to leave
Abuja without my knowledge”
“Hang it there. Do you know what would
have happened if I did not step down?”
“No you don’t know. If you knew you won’t
left your exhorts behind. Odigwe would have
killed you without a trace or evidence. He
was making calls from outside the country
and destroyed the Sim immediately, hence he
couldn’t be traced, not to talk of the guys
who held you hostage”
“I know I acted foolishly, I’m really sorry” I
He was so mad at me, I wondered how he
managed to control it for days.
I went to bed quietly that night. I decided to
wait till he calms down.
To be continued