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Re: The Hole In The Wall by EbonyQueen001(f): 8:23pm On Sep 09
Wow! Souloho19 at it again.

Mind blowing!

Thanks and welcome back.

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Hardes(m): 9:04am On Sep 11
Thanks for the update

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Liftme(f): 10:36pm On Sep 11
Welcome back Soul smiley, and thanks for the updates..

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 9:46am On Sep 12
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According to the instructions, the first step was to mark out the intended area with a chalk. It seemed Beatrice or whatever her name was had typed the message herself, she was terrible with spellings and found a way to shorten every word to maximum of 3 letters.

Tonye didn't have any chalk, but one thing she did have was her lipstick. In a small purse which contained her driver's license and cash.

She had to climb the bed, and lie down horizontally to figure out where exactly to draw the hole. She was going for a head shot. One bullet should be enough for what she had in mind...bug only if executed well. For a second she considered knocking on the door and blowing him to bits as soon as he opened up.

That would also be effective and she won't need to go through the stress of the hole and what not. But then again it wasn't just about killing him. It was about making a statement. Not just a statement, one with a big exclamation mark also.

The m.o of the first kill had been symbolic enough, killed through the hole in the wall. And even though they hadn't known the significance then, now she had an idea how big killing the first minister via a hole in the wall would be. The hole had struck them with power and crippled Brota terribly. So many lives had been lost and were still hanging in the balance, Andy for instance...no one knew the latest news from the hospital.

Killing the first minister wouldn't just be a counter strike, but a bullet in the head to the figurative head and brains of the hole. Of course a stake to the heart would have been better, but sir Holly or whatever his name was surely going to get it. He was the heart and soul of the organization after all.

She glanced at her watch frequently...taking note of the 30 minute window she had before the arrival of the call girl. When she was sure she had the right spot (slightly above the headboard) marked, she used her lipstick to draw a big circle.

The second instruction was to apply phosphoric acid on the wall and leave for hours. Tonye frowned a bit and scrolled down, prepared to hit the home button and call or consult Google. However she saw an alternative instruction and wondered why she didn't think of it earlier.

Phosphoric acid was an oxidizing agent used to give coke the tangy flavour. Colas were actually more acidic than lemon and vinegar altho the vast amount of sugar helped mask and balance the acidity. In bracket was the suggestion to heat coke with the explanation that more phosphorus is produced by heating the calcium phosphate. ..

Well there wasn't any hot plate, kettle, stove or gas in the room but there was a dispenser. Hot and cold water, the 20 litre gallon was half full and she removed it and placed it face down in the wash hand basin till all the water had drained. Then she made a call to room service for a litre bottle of coke....and ice....and a bottle of wine. She was cajoled into adding the latter two because she got the hint she'll wait a long time if she ordered for just one coke.

She checked her watch again....she had a little over 20 minutes more.
Room service was swift, as she had guessed. She paid the lady cash, responded to the discreet cough with a 100 naira tip and quickly turned the contents of the litre bottle into the bigger bottle of the dispenser. The red button for the hot switch was on and she guessed in the next ten minutes it will be hot enough...at least upwards of 70°

The 3rd instruction was going to be quite a challenge...she had never heard of a circular saw with a 7 inch diamond blade before. But she had an idea of how she could get it.
Bami had also suggested it, she knew he was responsible for the bracket explanations...he was just so sweet.

She would also need a gun. Tonye was partial to Berettas and had to leave hers in the glove compartment of the ambulance she drove to the airport. But with the right amount of cash, one could get anything at anytime, anywhere. You just had to know your way round the dark web. And as a forner government intelligence agent, she still had lots of connects and skills she employed in her Brota work frequently.
She entered a website, on her phone, and when she right clicked the logo three times, another window opened. The first was a popular sponsored bet ad page. She closed the tab and tripple clicked the logo again..this time a well known gossip blog, she closed it yet again. On the fourth try, the opened window loaded what looked like a general chat room...she navigated from the sexual themed group to the section she was likely to find what she sought. This one was a totally different type of bad.
After hinting what she wanted, she got multiple personal reply requests and enaged a handful, screening based on location and amount demanded. Until she had a handful, then she requested to see pictures and compared with the downloaded ones from Google. She selected the most impressive one and beat down the pirice to 150 thousand. That was one thing with people. Once they sensed you were in urgent need of what they had, they looked to take advantage. Although the man kept emphasizing on the late night delivery risk for the saw.
Glancing at her watch in dismay, she hit up her usual weapons contact. Although she hadn't needed anything from him in years. He replied immediately, these people were as nocturnal as koalas.
Getting a Beretta M9 to the island from the extreme mainland where he was located would take too much time. However, one of his boys was in Surulere and could deliver a weapon in about an hour. It wasn't a Beretta however but a colt....colt45.
"Well I'll be damned...a colt45. Was also the murder weapon from the first scene.
Tonye placed her order then hurried out the room to the elevator to intercept the incoming guest.

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There was pandemonium in the house the minute Utebo shared the devastating news from the phone call; The house was on fire.
Martha sparked the confusion when she fainted upon hearing the news. Through out the day and infact ever since she learnt of Emma's kidnapping, her pulse had never really settled down. She seemed to have been in a state of worry so deep, it held held her in a hypertensive state. Seeing their mother faint and slide to the door was too much for Utebo and Cynthia to take and both sisters gave startled shouts and screams, "Jesus!" "Mummy!"
Alli had his heart so far up his throat he could practically spit blood. Thankfully, Martha was revived with few drops of water and Alli rushed to his phone where it still lay on the floor. The call was still on and the man was still talking. Alli recognized the voice belonged to their neighbour on the right, Pa Ayewa. He was still blabbering excitedly ...."two trucks! Two trucks! The thing is still burning! I'm just hoping breeze will not carry-"
"Wait....hold on....is anybody there?"
"What....yes of course the fire service trucks are here..they brought to trucks and they-"
"No I mean...no one was around.."
"No of course not....the person would have shouted since or run out before it got to this stage. Hmmmm..."
"What is it?"
"There's a car parked near the fence...that long car that look like limo, it's in front but nobody is inside. I can't see the driver anywhere...I even thought he had driven his boss back only to see the car now.
Pa Ayewa was an observant or nosy neighbour. It depended on your view or tolerance. Alli didn't care either way, he had just confirmed to him Rex was in the house. Or maybe he had abandoned the car or swapped vehicles.
Swapped the stretch with what? He asked himself.
In times of distress, the greatest favour one can do for himself is to be blunt.
"Alli what is it?" Jimmy asked him as he placed the bowl of water on a table. Martha was now sitting up, steadying her breath and sipping from the tea mug. Alli knew she was steadying her nerves to ask the next question, where is Rex?
He watched his phone screen briefly as the call went to voicemail yet again. His son's line wasn't going through. "I need to go home."
"I'll come with you."his friend said
"No you should stay...it's not safe for the head to abandon his house in the dead of the night..." He looked at the worried faces. They were all in shock, worried and pretty much scared. And they looked to him for the next step.
"Errr...you...Carl..."
"Clyde..."
"Clyde let's drive to the house and see what's really happening.." he struggled to keep his voice calm, looking at his wife as she stared at him. Cynthia was still patting down her brow with a warm towel.
"I'll come with you." The other lady (Kirsten) got up from her chair after the announcement.
Alli wanted to object at first but on secomd thought, he didn't see any reason to.

He looked at Olivia. She sat alone, the wheelchair a little to the side away from the 3 seater where the other Obasi sisters sat, nursing and fussing over their mother. Alli saw the fear in her eyes, and for a second he could feel the love his son and Olivia shared. It was powerful....and achingly beautiful.
He smiled assuringly at her, "the neighbour says Rex car is there, once I get there I'll call immediately so you can all speak to him."
Olivia nodded gratefully.
Hope was also very powerful.

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Bami went to the gate house to activate the deactivated alarm system once more. Sticky brain matter was splattered all over the screen. And he hit the shortcut command key from memory as his vision was impaired. After which he exited the gate house and joined Sparrow to study the damaged gate in silence. Two vans were parked against the gate, blocking the open space from the damaged bars.
"I'm thinking we should fix remote controlled explosives under the van. That was if we catch any movement from the cameras we'll detonate the bomb."
"There'll be no need for that....they aren't coming again." Sparrow said
"What do you mean...how do you know?"
"I just do...trust me no one is coming to attack again this night...let's just keep watch and bunk down for the night. We all need to get some rest.
"Okay I'll forget the bomb....let's go in, and have your wound properly dressed.
The mood in Brota was still a very gloomy one. Bami hadn't said anything about the shocking news Tonye had given him. As a matter of fact, after she said it the first time and he called back to clarify since he obviously didn't hear her right she had ignored the part and started about the hole in the wall. With a racing pulse, Bami had cowardly let it slide. His wife was stressed, she had travelled a lot in the past couple of days and had been in the thick of things, right here in Lagos and now in Benue. She was definitely stressed and hallucinating about the Rex dying scenario. Pffft...Rex dead? Rex couldn't die, it was absurd.
Milking the instructions for creating the hole from Beatrice had engaged his mind for the next few minutes until he hit send and began to wonder why they were about to murder someone. It was murder no matter how you looked at it.
Then the answer began to make him sweat. Revenge. It was a revenge killing.

Now he whispered to Sparrow....even though just the two of them were outside.
"When Tonye called me earlier, she told me that...." He looked away and paced a little bit. His lips quivered and he couldn't seem to being himself to speak.
Sparrow waited him out. Understanding and looking straight ahead, but listening.
"She told me Rex was dead."
There. It was out in the open. And saying it was a very big deal for Bami because it meant subconsciously he had accepted it even if he still chose the temporal respite of denial.
Sparrow didn't say anything for a long while then he looked at Bami, who was strangely looking at him, eager to hear something. "I'm sorry." He said.
That was even worse. "Sorry? Are you mad? It's obviously a like...or a mistake, she's under a lot of stress over there which is why she's making such errors. She couldn't even tell me where she heard it from."
Sparrow looked at him, there was no skepticism on his face, neither was there any doubt or pity. He was extremely conscious of that.
"Okay, I've heard you."
"Good...let's go in, it's getting cold."

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Inside, Beatrice had been gearing to leave. She had some how mobilized Ada and the latter was prepared to leave with her.
Bami and Sparrow met Dagnet trying to convince both women to stay till the next morning.
"It's too dangerous, it's better to wait till things settle down in the morning."
"Unlike you people no one knows where I live. I'm hudred percent sure they're not aware of my. Existence..unlike the lots of you they know everything about. The price of Fame, remember?"
"What are you talking about? I'm also a cop with a secure place but it would be extremely selfish if-"
"Then go home...you don't have the right to force anyone to stay just because you're staying....and don't you mean ex cop?
"What's going on here?" Bami asked as he entered with Sparrow.
"Ada and I are leaving. Whatever is going on here, you guys can handle it. When you're ready for action we'll talk about the plan Mr X had before you guys frustrated him to suicide..."
"Ada..." Bami interrupted, "you're going with her?"
No reply.
"Why don't you speak to your dad first, he called earlier and I'm sure he'll want to speak with you now that you're back and fine."
No reply.
Bami shrugged. Right now he was past caring. Everyone was responsible for his/her decisions. He still refused to believe the Rex news, (he didn't even permit himself to think the word Rex and death in the same context.)

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Tonye purposely looked down as she walked past the lobby of the hotel. She was conscious of all the cameras at different angles and had scoped it all out the first time she entered the hotel.
If everything went according to plan, tomorrow there were going to be policemen and crime scene officials swarming round the hotel, poring through the video tapes. When they check the records and discover one Fathia Adams had lodged in the room next to the deceased.
She was already thinking of him as the deceased. He was as good as dead.
She chose a good vantage point, where she could observe the coming and goings, checking each car and person that got too close to the lobby.
Then she saw a particular car and just had the hunch it was Uber. True enough a young, voluptuous woman stepped out of the car, and after making payment, headed towards the entrance. She had a bag that was larger than the avergae hand bag and Tonye guessed was filled with all manner of intimacy gadgets.
Just before she could reach the main entrance, Tonye intercepted her.
"Room 498?"
She was shocked obviously...she looked frightened for a second then seeing Tonye, seemed to calm down. "Yes..."
Tonye held her hand and dragged her a little forcibly out of the camera range.
"Do you have a handcuff in that bag?"
She nodded, the frightened look was returning. It had dawned on her that this woman may not be on her side after all.
Tonye let her see the badge. It glinted in the night.
"This is what you're going to do...."

To be continued. .

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by HelenBee(f): 10:59am On Sep 12
Happy birthday to you Soul. I wish you long life and prosperity in good health and mega riches. More wisdom bro...❤️

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by rattyo3(m): 6:04pm On Sep 12
Happy Birthday Oga Souloho, wish you prosperous years ahead. May the Almighty grant your heart wishes.

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Ann2012(f): 6:40pm On Sep 12
Thanks for the update boss

Happy birthday Souloho19, wishing you more greatness

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Obioramichael(m): 7:27pm On Sep 12
Nice story...Nice writeup

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Eberechi24(f): 2:51am On Sep 13
souloho19:
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To be continued...


someone should take back to where I stopped, I have missed aloooot cry cry

Happy birthday, Soul. may your soul be filled with much inspiration and motivationkiss kiss

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Kaycee9242(m): 2:55am On Sep 13
Thanks for the update and happy birthday bro

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 5:30pm On Sep 13
HelenBee:
Happy birthday to you Soul. I wish you long life and prosperity in good health and mega riches. More wisdom bro...❤️

Thank you kiss

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 5:30pm On Sep 13
rattyo3:
Happy Birthday Oga Souloho, wish you prosperous years ahead. May the Almighty grant your heart wishes.

Thanks brother!

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 5:30pm On Sep 13
Ann2012:
Thanks for the update boss

Happy birthday Souloho19, wishing you more greatness

I appreciate this

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 5:31pm On Sep 13
Obioramichael:
Nice story...Nice writeup

Gracias bruv

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 5:32pm On Sep 13
Eberechi24:


someone should take back to where I stopped, I have missed aloooot cry cry

Happy birthday, Soul. may your soul be filled with much inspiration and motivationkiss kiss

Lol just take your time and catch up...thanks and God bless

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 5:32pm On Sep 13
Kaycee9242:
Thanks for the update and happy birthday bro

Thank you bro

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Napoleonsammy(m): 6:00pm On Sep 13
That's what I wanna hear.Its like impossible for Rex to die.

When I first saw that name Dagnet, I assumed her to be some elderly person, but it looks like she must be young, to be falling for sparrow.

Soul good job and thanks for the update.

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Oroolorun(m): 11:48pm On Sep 13
Oga Souloho19, don't you think the silent around BROTA compound made it appears as if the house was located in one bushy forest? In Lagos, it's difficult to see a part of the city where heavy gun battles would be heard without mischievious people coming to investigate what is going on. If the men in black, out of fear, failed to visited the scene, I trust the 'I SEE EVERYTHING WITH MY KOROKORO EYES' people would surely jump out of their beds with phones in hands coming to cover the incident as to be the best person to post the attack of the famous agency on social media.



Thanks for the update. Still following

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Oroolorun(m): 11:53pm On Sep 13
Sorry that it come so late.
Happy birthday Boss, more fruitful years ahead of you in sound health and blissful conditions.

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Evold: 4:32pm On Sep 14
Rex should be on his way to hell, it's time to get a new leader for BROTA to lead the war

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 10:41pm On Sep 14
Oroolorun:
Oga Souloho19, don't you think the silent around BROTA compound made it appears as if the house was located in one bushy forest? In Lagos, it's difficult to see a part of the city where heavy gun battles would be heard without mischievious people coming to investigate what is going on. If the men in black, out of fear, failed to visited the scene, I trust the 'I SEE EVERYTHING WITH MY KOROKORO EYES' people would surely jump out of their beds with phones in hands coming to cover the incident as to be the best person to post the attack of the famous agency on social media.



Thanks for the update. Still following

Hmm...I admit you made really valid points boss. Brota isn't in a secluded area per say, I just remember describing a drive way which branched out of the highway. The men in Black have always been known to be perennial latecomers and remember the director of the mpd is the member of the hole. Another thing is every update on NL is more like a rough draft/blueprint...as I imagine it I write down, it would still go through major chiselling later on. For example in the edited version of TDWO, there's no palm wine accident and pa Kenneth doesn't get stoned to death but receives another end entirely. Remember the observations about the palm wine being inappropriate and all? I took the critic and I admit it turned out better. So I appreciate and note your observations bro. God bless!

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 10:43pm On Sep 14
Evold:
Rex should be on his way to hell, it's time to get a new leader for BROTA to lead the war

Lol bro this is hurtful to we Rex fans, but it looks like you're right cry

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 10:44pm On Sep 14
Napoleonsammy:
That's what I wanna hear.Its like impossible for Rex to die.

When I first saw that name Dagnet, I assumed her to be some elderly person, but it looks like she must be young, to be falling for sparrow.

Soul good job and thanks for the update.

Thanks bro...Dagnet is in her early fourties...I think 43. Sparrow is almost a decade older than her

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 11:04pm On Sep 14
I just remembered the widow and her son Arinze, too bad she loses Bigelow after they found comfort with each other when his elder brother died. The Bigelow boys were brave and honourable men and their legend is certified in the next book. The shadow slayer grin

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by souloho19(m): 11:07pm On Sep 14
And what do you guys think of the chief's death?

That's the end of the road for chief Amunike. He was a worthy villian most of the time but the height of his evil was the widows initiative where he amassed massive health.

And was there any meaning to the 'heir' reference from sir Holly, also considering he sanctioned his death by saying.....good bye 'son'....Or it was more likely just in the heat of the moment.

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Oroolorun(m): 11:33pm On Sep 14
souloho19:

Brota isn't in a secluded area per say, I just remember describing a drive way which branched out of the highway.
souloho19:

Brota isn't in a secluded area per say, I just remember describing a drive way which branched out of the highway.

I remembered you did. God will continue to fill your reservour of knowledge with more wisdom, understand and grace to excel.

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by paqman(m): 10:31am On Sep 15
Rex Can not die Age with exceedingly grace

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by EkopSparoAyara(m): 4:20pm On Sep 15
Happy belated birthday souloho19..

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by EkopSparoAyara(m): 4:25pm On Sep 15
souloho19:
And what do you guys think of the chief's death?

That's the end of the road for chief Amunike. He was a worthy villian most of the time but the height of his evil was the widows initiative where he amassed massive health.

And was there any meaning to the 'heir' reference from sir Holly, also considering he sanctioned his death by saying.....good bye 'son'....Or it was more likely just in the heat of the moment.
I think chief amunike's death sentence was long over due, i mean, he cost the hole alot by allowing the red letter to be in the open... There was really no other way than for him to pay with his life...

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Bleeze2: 5:40pm On Sep 15
HAppy birthday to our one and only souloho19, may God bless your new age

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Mynet11(m): 6:56am On Sep 16
souloho19:


Lol bro this is hurtful to we Rex fans, but it looks like you're right cry
Nooooooooooooooooooooo Please Soul find a way and bring Rex back...I prefare u take off my character (mynet11) and keep Rex alive..
pleeeaaasssee...

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Re: The Hole In The Wall by Evold: 7:56am On Sep 16
souloho19:


Lol bro this is hurtful to we Rex fans, but it looks like you're right cry
Sorry about that but Rex was too reactionary to lead such a kind of war. Maybe sparrow can do better

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