Tricia’s Nightmare – Episode 4

Hear ye, hear ye (and tell a friend) I’ll be launching my debut novel, Golden Sands this Sunday, 28th of October in La Mango Restaurant, 2 Adekunle Fajuyi Street, G.R.A, Ikeja. Time is 3pm. Book reviewer is publisher Seun Salami @seunwrites. There’ll be book signed by me on sale that day, plus music from Dipo of “Im Oladipupo, I can be your man” fame. And food there is absolutely amazing. You do not wanna miss it otherwise, I’ll order your LASTMA uniform fresh from the factiory

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Enjoy today’s Tricia’s Nightmare and see ya on Sunday

Kofo was troubled as she stood at the door of the Surulere flat for the second time that day. The statement she had read was as good as passing verdict of guilty on Tricia. She knew the girl hadn’t written the statement and had probably signed under duress. She had then decided to go back to the house and look around again. Already, the knife had been taken in as an exhibit. No finger print technology, so there was no hope of identifying anyone with that. If the girl was charged for murder, then she would be convicted in all likelihood. She had to get evidence of rape actually happening that night and get her lawyer to reduce the charges to manslaughter.

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Mrs. Aisha Ujah sat in the insurer’s office with her lawyer. She had assumed that things would go seamlessly with the claims but there had been a hitch. She had submitted a scanned death certificate and the Peekay Insurers required her to submit an original in her claims. The blonde account manager was saying “Mrs. Ujah, we are so sorry for Mr. Bruno’s loss. He was a dear client. However, if you peruse the terms of the insurance contract,” he handed over a copy of Bruno’s life insurance policy to her and another to her lawyer, both with green highlighter marks and continued “you will see that for claims exceeding two hundred and fifty thousand pounds, we are required by policy to carry out due diligence before settling the claims. Mr. Bruno’s assured sum is two point seven five million pounds and falls into that category.”

Her lawyer looked defeated. It was indeed clearly stated. “So Mr. Clarke, the policy says you have ninety days to ascertain and either settle the claim or refute it, right?”

“I’m afraid so,” he responded, running his hand through his thick hair.

“Well,” Aisha said, “I guess we will wait then.” She stood up and the lawyer shot up with her. “Thanks for your time Peter,” she said as she shook him and then turned to leave. Almost as soon as they left, he called Teju “When are you leaving?”

“Peter…” Teju responded, rolling his eyes “I thought you English were the epitome of courtesy”.

“Oh please. She just left here with her lawyer. I’ve bought us sixty days.”

Teju knew Peter was lying about the number of days, but he chose to let it pass. “I’m in luck, since I’m Nigerian, I can fly into Nigeria without visa requirements. I’m off tomorrow morning.”

“Good,” Peter mumbled and he cut the call off.

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“He expected that you would for your accommodation in kind, Tricia. Bruno is an ex, and I didn’t assume he was serious about it at the time he mentioned it.” Ivie tried to reach out and hold Tricia’s hands as she spoke, but Tricia recoiled from her touch.

“So you knew he would try to sleep with me, yet you asked me to go and live with him?” Tricia asked, her eyes holding embers of hate.

“I didn’t know he was going to do anything,” Ivie answered, “and if he had asked, couldn’t you have managed him better?”

“What the hell are you saying Ivie?” It was Taju. “Managed him exactly how?”

“Look, Taju,” she said, turning to face him squarely “you people are being holier than thou. The Maro boy that she’s dating that couldn’t get his wife to be a proper apartment, is she not shagging him for free? So, how come she cannot give Bruno, who was housing her for free some once in a while that he asked?”

Taju slammed his hand on the table “Ivie are you mad? Are you listening to yourself?”

Tricia stood up and walked to the officer “Take me back to the cell, and tell the DPO I don’t want to see this woman ever again.”

“Eduvie, family is supreme. I’m only trying to help you here, as I was trying to help you when you had nowhere to stay in Lagos, and this is the way you insult me?” Ivie said. Tricia did not even glance back as she was led back to her cell.

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Enroute Lagos that day, the station wagon driver hadn’t slept since the previous night. None of the passengers knew he had dozed at the wheels, even with his eyes wide open – until he was heading straight for an oncoming trailer. When their shouts startled him awake, he swerved the wrong way. He ran headlong into the trailer. None of the passengers survived the crash.

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Kofo saw the phone lying on the bed. She wondered how her colleagues who had come to collect evidence from the house could have missed a mobile phone. She first checked the  last calls made and received on the phone. her mum, her aunt Ivie and a Maro. She made a note to call Maro. The she checked the text messages. She read the panicky messages to her mum and the same Ivie again. “Well,” she mumbled “that establishes that there was a threat to her life from Bruno and the probable time of rape.” She looked around some more and found a cotton bud sealed in a drug polythene container. It seemed to have some gooey substance at its top. She picked that up too. Then she checked the files on the phone. “Smart girl!” she exclaimed, as she saw the pictures of herself and the door that Tricia had taken to record the rape. She put the phone and the cotton bud in a brown paper bag and left the house. As soon as she was seated in her car, she called Adams. He picked up on the second ring and answered in the stiff way he normally spoke to her “Hello ma,” he said on the other end of the line. She didn’t mind the stiffness; better stiff than unnecessarily chummy. “Have you found out who was assigned to her case?” she asked him. “Yes, I have,” he responded and there was dead air for a split second when she waited for him to tell her who it was and he waited for her to ask. She broke the silence “Adams, you can tell me who it is now,” she said, the satire dripping all over her words. “It’s Olu Williams”.

“Damn!” she said before she could catch herself. “Okay Adams, thanks,” she said as she recovered and rounded the call off. She wanted to ensure the girl got justice. But if it was difficult before, it had become near impossible now that her arch-nemesis was assigned to the case.

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Olu Williams saw this as a straightforward case and he intended for it to be treated as such. He had a record of having convictions in all cases but one under his belt and he wasn’t about to let that number after the but rise to two. And in all honesty, the case was a piece of cake. He had trained as a lawyer, and though in the force, for criminal cases assigned to him, he chose to be both investigating officer and lawyer. The only case he had lost had been when he had allowed one of those lawyers from the ministry take the case. He had muddled it up and lost an otherwise water tight case and made a mess of the job he had done investigating the case. He called his immediate assistant, Yemi ‘Dudu’ Job. Dudu wasn’t the most intelligent man, but he obeyed orders meticulously and he was loyal, a priceless thing in this force filled with overambitious fresh faces. “Arrange for the accused to be arraigned before Okafor at Yaba. She knows the drill and it will give us legal ground to hold her for as long as the investigation requires, which shouldn’t be very long.” “Right away sir,” Dudu answered and swung into action immediately. Olu knew he couldn’t hold the young lady legally for longer than forty-eight hours without arraigning her, otherwise he would be compelled to release her. He cursed whoever wrote that law silently, but this was Nigeria, and where there was a will, they could find a legal way to achieve their aim. They had an arrangement with Magistrate Okafor of the Yaba Magistrate court. Even though they knew that the court was without jurisdiction to try murder, they would still arraign suspected murderers there. They would get a no jurisdiction verdict but critically would have arraigned them, so they could now hold them for longer. The thought crossed his mind that it was legal illegality, but he killed the thought. He did what he had to do to rid the street of criminals, he was the good guy. Plus he remembered that call from AIG Saranja in Abuja. He had to deliver a murder conviction in this case, the AIG had said, and then they would look at his transfer to the presidency. He cracked his knuckles; he absolutely had to deliver.

The officers jumped to attention as Kofo entered the waiting area in front of Olu’s office. If there was a personification of her troubles in the force before she got SRDV created, it was this man. But now, to help Tricia, she had to convince him to set aside their differences and arraign her for manslaughter rather than murder. She waited while his henchman (that’s the mental picture she got when she looks at the guy), ironically called Dudu even though he was almost as light-skinned as an albino, went in to inform him that she was waiting to see him. moments later, she entered the small office. A fading map of Nigeria hung on the wall, alongside different trophies that showed that Olu was an accomplished tennis player. “To what do I owe this honor?” he asked quizzically. She smiled, unready to play his sparring game

“Olu, there’s a case you are handling that I have an interest in. The Tricia case”

“Hmmm,” he said, hand on chin. “Do I recall any such case now?”

“Olu, cut it out. I know you do. I’ve been told you are planning to arraign her at Okafor’s tomorrow.”

“Okay,” he responded, sitting forward. “So I know her. I’m doing standard stuff we do for murder cases. And don’t give me that lecture on the legality of using a magistrate court to hold her. We all do it in the force.”

Kofo wondered how to phrase what she was going to ask “I don’t think she should be tried for murder,” she finally blurted out

“Oh really? And what should we try her for then, please Madam Kofo?”

Kofo counted one to five to calm herself down and ignored his barb “Manslaughter, at most. The man raped her and I have looked at the doctor’s report. Rigor Mortis places the time of death within fifteen minutes of when I presume she was raped, so there was provocation and self defense involved here.”

“Kofo, I am disappointed in you. You just want glory for you glorified squad in this case. What special evidence do you have of rape that our boys overlooked? Or you haven’t considered the possibility of the girl lying that she was raped to justify the cold blooded murder? Evidence, Kofo, evidence.”

“There are pictures taken with her phone. The ‘boys’ missed it when sweeping the flat for evidence.”

His eyes really lighted up for the first time and Kofo saw something pass through them that she couldn’t quite place. “Where is the phone now?” he asked

“Right here,” she said, as she brought out the white blackberry torch. She handed it over to him and he quickly raced to the images. “Have you gotten a doctor’s expert opinion confirming the rape?” he asked.

“No I haven’t” she responded, shaking her head at how she had made such a fundamental mistake.

“Good,” he said and then he checked the image location – memory card. In one swift movement, he opened the phone and extracted the memory card. And broke it into two. And then he looked squarely at her and said “we will try her for first degree murder, and trust me, I will be prosecuting this case myself. And I intend to exact the maximum sentence.”

Kofo stood up without a word and left.

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95 thoughts on “Tricia’s Nightmare – Episode 4

  1. This Olu Williams or whatever he is called is a bloody bastard!!! Hope Kofo was smart enough to transfer the pictures before she gave the phone to Olu.

  2. Serzly! *mouth agape* that Olu Williams is one character whose neck I’d like to snap for obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence, sheesh!

    • Please when you get the chance to snap his neck abeg invite me will like to mince his remains and feed it to my dog.

  3. That is wickedness ni. Very wicked it’s good she still has the text messages and cotton swab. Gosh I feel for Tricia. Please I hope this is the last time i’ll hear of that her Aunty. Nice writing very good and the fact you can keep up with the names is genius.

  4. This olu is a wretch,a wicked and heartless man,may God punish ur generation for this wickedness,may you dance azonto in hell,pls Tunde note that before the end of this story,u must make sure olu suffers,if u don’t intend to make him suffer in dis story,pls start having the intention,infact I can help u write the episode for his sufferins..laffs

  5. My God, im sure these things happen in real life cases. One must continually pray that while you go thru lifes trials and temptations, we do not fall into the devils hands like Olu WIlliams

  6. WOW. WOW. WOW. I loooooove!!! I trust kofo! I love kofo! I trust she is a smart woman and has back up!! And that she recorded the meeting. Please tell me yes!! And they could do well to slap that arrogant man with some charges!!

    I’m sooooo loving tricia’s. Sorry we are feeding off ur nightmare. This is my kind of novel. Murder, mystery and suspense!!

    Thumbs up!!

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  7. “Enroute lagos that day”??? Did yõµ mean τ̲̅ȍ say Tricia’s mum ȋ̝̊̅ڪ yõµ know??? Probably dead? Are yõµ seriously kidding? Jeeez, ℓ̊ sincerely pray Äπϑ hope ŋ☺†? Yõµ know Tunde, ℓ̊ read all of Oyin Clegg’s episodes but ℓ̊ delibrately decided τ̲̅ȍ be α silent admirer but gosh! This Tricia’s nightmare? ℓ̊ guess ♍♈ time of hiding ȋ̝̊̅ڪ over! Yõµ are just α bomb!

  8. Tundeeeee ooooo, u will not kee pesin with suspense oo. Pls fast-track & fast-forward this story oo b4 we start getting nightmares too. Good one though!

  9. Hummmmm, oluuuuuuuuuuuuu, tricia don’t worry, my God ll vindicate u. Dat I knw. Nd olu williams u re a disgraces 2 legal praction. U ll surly lose ur licence dat I promise u.

  10. TLS, seriously? Madam Kofo foolishly handed key evidence to her arch-nemesis? (I can only hope she made a backup and was only sizing up Olu). And how come Kofo’s colleagues missed the phone in the first place? Anyway, I trust you’ll have an explanation for these in subsequent episodes. The story is beginning to get really interesting though, good job.

  11. First off I hate this olu guy alredy. Mscheewww. Dis his over ambition and competition wiv kofo is gonn mislead the case. Such a shame and its hard really. I hope kofo suceeds sha.plus hu’s bn contatcing d teju guy?? :s did I miss smefin??

  12. I’m almost sure Madam Kofo backed up the memory card before giving it up. This series is getting better, was alrdy losin interest afta d last episode but me love 2day’s!

  13. Hiaaaaaaan, Barrister Olu my foot. i need to shove a big, thick broom into his ass for obstructing justice. I kuku trust my madam Kofo… This Olu guy go hear am…… Bravo TL, more grease to your elbow.

  14. Oh my God. Olu Williams is one of those lawyers I want to punch in the face. And please don’t tell me Tricia’s mom died, that will be a real heartbreaker. My my. Would love to see this in motion picture. Good one Tunde, see u at the book signing. Hope I get one of those beauty gifts.:)

    • Oh my. I hate this suspense. I left my mouth hanging for seconds before a colleague askd what was wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Tunde Leye ooooooooooo!!! Ah! Which kin suspense be dis! Abeg uve got my undivided attention and followership! Fantastic work!

  16. Wow, dnt really believe this is happening cos am beginning to have a night mare as well, Olu or wat are u called is nothing but a devilish bastard…he must surely pay for his deeds……..Kofo pls try to help tricia from dis her nightmare and am sure this just d beginning cos am getting carried away already even till the extent my Boss call on me and i cldnt heard her approaching…Thumps up for Tunde, will try to make it to the book signatory

  17. Na wa ooooooo,wickedness in high places,olu will surly get his reward,now Tricia’s mom is dead this is gonna be a real nightmare for her,the maro guy sef na mumu ivie was right but she shudnt av said it at allll,infact maro n Tricia’s dad evn d ivie r to blame,

  18. For the fact that she knew she was trying to negotiate with the enemy should make her wise enouf to backup her evidence before handing it over to him.

    • Ure jst a sad bastard who can’t appreciate good things even when its rite in front of ur face. Write ur own nau make we see… Mcheew

  19. This story is disjointed and scattered biko. It can be so much better than this. Sounds like a summary of another person’s work. + definitely not sidney sheldon.
    In finding hubby, we “knew” the characters. Could envision the scenes in our imaginations. This one no be am at all. This characters are “faceless”. There’s no thrill in this thriller.

  20. I will be really mad if kofo didn save a copy of dose pics at least.. I mean its evidence.. Chimooooo!!!! This olu space in hell will be right beside d fire, a very wicked somebody… Smh!!!

  21. Hmmm,Someone wanted Bruno dead so as to claim his insurance policy. Tricia ws jst unfortunate to hv bn the unsuspecting bait used(part of a job well done by the assasin). Now,a lot of pple want to feed off the mess. Smh. And yes,initially,I got with d rapid change of scenes and names but we knw It’s all part of getting used to a new work with a bigger picture intention. The more the characters,the more the intrigues. Compared to T.N, finding hubby had fewer xters and ws kinda straight fwd for me(I loved it to pieces sha o.lol). Tricia’s nightmare is a more complex work(for the bigger minds,if u ask me). I’m sure I’m gonna love dis even more. Thumbs up Tunde. You are a great guy.

  22. Hmmnnn…the plot thickens. Olu Williams is a mean son of a bitch! I’m pretty sure that Kofo will have something up her sleeves to put him to shame. Stupid man!!!

  23. okies….. so y do i feel like there’s a John Grisham ghen ghen move in ds? Abeg TL, u shld give us Sallah edition of this Tricia’s nytmare o! Monday is veeeeeerrrrryyyy far away!! Good job dude!

  24. dat olu of a guy is the prince or let me say d king of devil, wat joy will he derive in the killing of an innocent girl. na wa o.

  25. I think d demarcations are necessary, they tell u when dat scene/aspect is over…. as for the jumble of names… Well, if it were a true story, u won’t beg several pple 2 stay out of it… With time, we’ll get adjusted + I think dat’s what makes it suspense- filled (Romance iz not d same as Mystery)… (Y) Nice story TL…

  26. Those wu bear olu in tunde leye’s stories ar always mean, ds olu is wicked sha, nice wrk tunde, dnt 4gt am inluv wiv nt jst ur piece, wiv you2.

  27. Haba….I read dis late Cuz of work, so isit peter DAT called teju and wat r they plannin….I wish I cud jump to the end howeva slow and steady wiv gud suspense= enjoying story….howeva Tricia am so sorry, lest I forget olu Williams got a nice name but a black heart

  28. Just got silly a**tel to start up my BIS since Sunday… I’m so sad I had to wait this long and after all the trouble, Tricia’s mum is dead… 😦 *sniff sniff*

  29. 2.75million pounds(life insurance)…….am not surprised, that someone wanted Mr Bruno dead..emmmmm, and why is AIG asking for maximum sentence, on Tracia, something is very fishy, who is Bruno? …………

  30. You guys are there abusing mr Olu what about the ODE / MUMU that really gave him the phone to show him. if you want to show him why must he be given the phone. No be eyes dem dey use view picture

  31. Jexox!!!!!!!!!… Her mother,dead?? Her aunt,yarning rubbish… And the useless over sabi lawyer broke d memory card! Let’s hope madam kofo will come to her rescue. Pls o…. I don’t want 2cry… Biko.

  32. WTF just happened! U must be kidding me! Tell me there is a proviso that can make her charge him for obstructing justice?
    How d hell could Kofo have been so excited as to go to ds guy directly? No1 ever presents the source! What happened to giving him a printed copy? The only way she can be forgiven is if she had sent herself copies!
    RIP to tricia’s mom! Chain of unfortunate events!

  33. Its really sad to know that this goes on in reality everyday in this country. Stepping on each other just to get to d top and not taking cognisance of the fact that this world isn’t as big as we think it is. Cos what goes around surely comes around whether good or bad…

  34. I dont believe Kofo’s so dumb to present the phone without having backed up the pictures somewhere safe. She’s a professional and she would have envisaged that idiot would try to do something real stupid. Pshew

    • Did Tricia’s mum enter that motor….oh God of TL…I’m sure somthn happened n she missed the vehicle…
      Tunde take note…I followed finding hubby Iike sleeping on sunday nyts wt my cell phone n refreshing the page.I shall not put up wt ur wait till Monday heart attack thingz..I will read it at my convinience….n whn thr r like 2-3episodes down..hehehe! Well done!
      I’m sure Tricia will wake up in the end..its js a nytmare..#js being positive for u oh#

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