June 19, 2021

Naija Sweet



3 min read



(Criminal Love)
Episode 18
Written by author Nath.
Heading: New Teacher
After watching the news, Mr Cliff grabbed his car keys from the centre table, but the wife retaliated before he could get to the door.

“Where do you think you’re going to, honey?” she stood up from the cushion too.

“That girl standing on the landmine is among the kids that came here claiming to be my children.” he replied, pointing the car key at the television.

“And?” The wife slowly stepped forward.

The husband’s voice grew cold. “What are you saying?”

“Are you not aware that she’s with other kids who had stolen a government property?”

“Those kids are luck to us.”

“Those kids are problem to us” the wife retorted standing closer to her husband. “In fact, we’ve partaken on this problem coz sheriff…”

The sound of a police car interrupted them. Like prisoners in a cage, they looked through the window to see sheriff, coming with two other policemen. Mrs. Cliff glanced at her husband apprehensively.

“I told you.” she whispered.

A knock came at the door. It was opened so they entered to see the couple staring at them. On sheriff’s waist, above her belt, was a pistol, while the two other men handled heavy guns. None uttered a word except the broadcasting television.

“Cliff,” Magi began. “It has come to our notice that the three kids are not your children. Therefore, you’re under arest for conspiring to steal government property through the kids. Hence, you must know where they are and their teacher, Nwachukwu.” she concluded.

The two policemen began to handcuff him. He couldn’t deny the arest even if he had no knowledge of what the kids were into or where they are presently. He was just an innocent man that saved them from a lion’s den. Nevertheless, the policemen pushed him towards the door.

“Please, my husband doesn’t know anything!” the wife cried in vain.
Mr Yinka arrived to the landmine with the defusers. They were two, carrying a suitcase to Stephen and Ada. Policemen and journalists surrounded the premersis, though at a far distance, watching and capturing the activities of the two defusers.

Stephenie stood with Mr Yinka in watching the scene. To their very sight, the men opened their suitcases and began to bring out mechanical devices such as flails and excavators which are sometimes used to clear mines. They brought out Sensors developed to detect vapor leaking from landmines too.

Sheriff arrived a few minutes later to see the men working. She meet Mr Yinka.

“Where did you get those men?” she asked him.

“They are professionals.” he replied abstractly.

Sheriff placed her two hands on the waist. “Do you know what the kids took from the government house?” She was still inquisitive

Mr Yinka glanced at her. “No.” he replied.

“We must find out.” She concluded then the man glanced at her again, looking suspicious coz he knew that at the exposure of the content of the devices, the city will not only experience pandamonum but also exposes the secret of the people in power. Therefore, he said to the woman, “Sheriff, you must do your damndest to capture the kids and their teacher.”

“Sure, sir. That’s why we need the girl alive” she pointed at Ada.

Suddenly, the two men stepped aside after they ordered Ada to step out first. The girl exhaled then stepped out. Stephen followed suit, and immediately he came out from the mines, Stephenie ran and hugged him before the father, while Ada was handcuffed, taken to the police vehicle.

“Wait!” Stephen slowly pushed Stephanie away from him when he saw Ada being taken away like a thief. “Where are you taking her to!?” he yelled.

Nobody replied him. Ada looked back at him with tears before entering the car.

Stephen looked at his father. “She’s innocent, Dad.”

“No, she’s not until she provides others.” Mr Yinka replied.

However, Stephenie had been jealous for not getting the attention she needed from Stephen rather he was more concern about Ada. So she couldn’t help but to believe that there was a chemistry between them.

Ada was taken to the police station, pushed into a particular room where she saw Mr Cliff. Both stared at each other….


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