The Betrayal Of Trust  Episode 16

I saw slight fear in his eyes which gave me little hope that perhaps the young officer wouldn't dare risk his promising career by
detaining a proud rich boy over a mere accusation... 

He scratched his head and breathed deeply, 
While I hopefully watched him. My heart pound furiously. 
"But Mr Emeka I can't just let you go, my hands are tied. 
This is a kidnap case " the officer dragged as if he was so scared of making any decision.

"You have no strong evidence against me or do you? "
 I asked offensively. 
He kept quiet, avoiding the question. 

"It's your decision to make, I have already told you my mind "I added strongly,
 while Jenifer drew close to him, sir please I beg of you, allow us to go home, 
Emeka isn't the criminal you are looking for. 

Seriously we were just returning from my home town when your men dragged us here. 
For Christ sake do the right thing " she begged, using her feminine power to work Magic on the confused officer. 

"Fine, you guys can go and return early in the morning tomorrow, 
But first I need your phone and secondly I will assign an officer to keep an eye on you. 
He will go with you guys. Please make him comfortable " he addressed me, but I still shook my head in protest. 

"My phones, what for?
 I asked with a raised tone. 
"My love, please give him your phones, you have nothing to hide Jenifer begged, came forward and collected my phones. 

"Do you need mine as well?
She asked the officer as she dutifully gave him my phones. 
We finally left the state police headquarters an hour later. My phone was seized and a young corporal assigned to go home with us. 
However Jenifer's phone wasn't taken and she equally was much more relaxed and in control of her feelings. 
I seriously was pissed. 
"First thing tomorrow, I must have a serious chat with Tony I just don't understand why he is doing this,  I hissed as I drove while Jenifer tried her best to calm me but  that night was one of the most boring nights of my life. 

As early as 6 am the next day, I freshened up and prepared myself for the long day ahead. 
My plans were first, to visit Tony, find a way to learn somethings from him before reporting to the police station. 
Jenifer however was very scared over my mood and tried her best to convince me in allowing her accompany me which I finally rejected. 
" I'm so scared honey, now not only Tony and your people are against you but equally the police. 
How bad can things get. Please I beg of you be very civil and diplomatic when seeing Tony, 
The police or anyone. 

I'm scared, I fear you won't return " she cried, 
Shaking my spirit with her words. 
"Take care of the house sweetheart.
 Please don't go anywhere, just lock yourself inside the house and when Joe shows up, 
Tell him to keep an eye on my gas stations, 
I won't want anybody planting anything there to set me up " I said to her. 

She nodded with tears in her eyes, drew forward and kissed me. 
" I feel responsible " she sobbed. 
I swallowed with pain, turned and left without another word. 

Seeing her cry always made me feel bad, 
Then her words. 
"I fear you won't return " kept ringing in my head as I drove out of my house that early Monday morning with the police man assigned to watch me. 
On getting to Tony's house, I begged the young officer with me to wait inside the car. 
He reluctantly agreed, giving me the privacy I needed to confront Tony. 
I slowly made my way into the compound without anybody stopping me. 
I murmured some quick prayers before knocking on the front door. 

Tony soon came out and stared at me with surprise. 
" what are you doing here?
he asked suspiciously. 
"I came in peace bro, please I need to speak with you "I begged. 
"you are not welcomed in my house, just go away. 
Go with your evil spirit " he fired angrily. 
"please you got to hear me out . Things has escalated from our little fight to another thing. 
I don't understand what's going on. I'm now accused of kidnapping chief Kelechi Onuoha, 
Please I need you to listen to me "I begged desperately, 
Lowering pride before him, but he kicked on it. 
I'm sorry but I don't care. 

You deserve everything happening to you. I will even testify to anyone who cares that you have the ability to kidnap the chief, get out from my house" he barked and slammed the door on my face. 
I couldn't believe I brought myself so low before him only to be insulted like a beggar. 
I shook my head sighed and headed back to my car without another word, I drove straight to the state police headquarters to confront my fate. 
There wasn't any doubt I was on my own, without any friend or family to back me up. 
All I had left was my guts and I prayed for it to lead me through my current crises. 

My situation really was a very critical one but one thing I promise myself that I will get to the bottom of the whole thing. 

I swore to get the man causing all the trouble I was passing through. 
A part of me felt it was Tony while a greater felt it wasn't him. 
I spent almost two hours with DSP Enendu who took his time questioning me. 
I ended up telling him my story, from the very beginning to the bed. 
I hid nothing as I told him the story of my relationship with Jennifer and the aftermath of it all. 
He listened with great care, paying attention to every little detail.
"You have quite a touching story Mr Emeka and it's just as if I have known you for a very long time. 
Seriously you are a sharp guy " he said with a smile, and surprisingly we became friends instantly. 
Yea my story kind of opened his mind towards me. It was as if a bond was created as I narrated the story of my life to him. 
Not only did he let me go, but equally offered to buy me a drink which I politely rejected. 

"The only problem I'm facing right now is that many of your people are pointing their fingers at you but I really have nothing to hold you on. I do pray your hands are clean just like my instinct is telling me " he said as we shook hands when I was set to leave. 
I headed home as fast as I could, to reassure, hug and kiss Jenifer. 
She wasn't herself when I left hours earlier and the best I could do was to go home and be with her. 
Just like I expected, I got home to see her eyes very swollen probably due to long hours of crying, 
But the joy of seeing me return, brightened her face, 
Lightening up her spirit. 

but it's not over yet  my love " she replied and kissed me happily. 

To be continued

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