The Gorvernor’s Daughter: 49, 50
*The Governor’s Daughter*
_Val’s side of the story continues_
‘’actually my name is Val, we have run into each other a couple of times but I don’t know if you
noticed or not’’ I kind of stammered, very surprised that I wasn’t able to make an eloquent
introduction. She shrugged, staring at me inquisitively.
‘’I don’t know how you will see this request but I will actually love to discuss something with you at
your leisure time. Please can I have your card or phone number?’’ I asked with a forced smile. She
silently studied me for few seconds before shrugging once again.
‘’sure you can have my number’’ she guardedly muttered, putting my mind at ease as she took my
phone and entered her number. I smiled gratefully and thanked her.
‘’so how did it go?’’ Jennifer curiously asked with a smile when I returned to the car.
‘’it went well, we can now plan for the next stage’’ I replied happily while she shrugged. There
wasn’t any doubt she wasn’t very much comfortable with the plan.
_Clara’s side of the story continues, same morning_
I was with Vivian in her room discussing and arguing with her over her reason for asking Chinedu
to stay away when I got a call from Charles that he was in the sitting room upstairs waiting for me.
I left Vivian and nervously headed to the sitting room to see him. I wasn’t really expecting him and
he never told me he was coming. Anyway that was his style, always showing up without any
‘’my love how are you doing?’’ he asked with a smile, standing up to hug me as soon as I got the
sitting room. I forced out a smile as he kissed my hair.
‘’I came with bright news my dear. I hope this will make you smile’’ he softly muttered, leaving me
slightly curious. I brought up my eyes to meet his gaze.
‘’something came up my dear. Plans have changed sweety’’ he breathed, bringing down his hands
to my cheeks and leaving me colored up with his touch.
‘’we leave for Paris in few days dearie. We are getting married there. A short ceremony and
nothing more. We will complete the traditional rites when we return. I hope that suits you?’’ he
muttered, trying hard to smile as if all was alright but I wasn’t a kid. I could tell he was nervous and
a bit shaky.
I could tell all wasn’t well.
‘’what?, this is my life we are talking about?, you can’t be making decisions as it suits you without
first seeking my opinion. What happened to the old plans you were forcing on me? Anyway I’m not
even going anywhere with you. You can leave for your Paris anytime you want. I’m tired of seeing
you everyday’’ I replied with a raised tone while he held me strongly.
‘’my dear I’m taking you to Paris. The dream of every woman, Of course I know you can afford
going there on your own but without a man it won’t be fun. Come on why are you so uptight?
never wanted a big wedding and I chose to this for you’’ he pleaded.
‘’I can’t marry you. Forget it Charles. I used to think I know you but I don’t. Your life is filled with
secrecy and confusion. Just look for another woman ‘’ I breathed, breaking free from him and
‘’I have already talked to your mum about it and she didn’t protest, of course they will show up at
the wedding’’ he added with a smile while I scoffed and backed him..
‘’I don’t know what you have on my parents that are making them dance to your tune but it won’t
work for me. I feel nothing for you. Each passing day increases my hatred towards you’’ I breathed softly. Somehow my words made him snap and lose control..
‘’you are just a naïve girl and I’m done begging and pampering you’’’ he hissed.
‘’you are running away from Nigeria isn’t it so?. What else could make you want to leave in a
hurry?’’ I asked thoughtfully, turning to face him.
‘’my dear all you have to do is to go prepare for the trip ahead and not question me. You have a lot
of packing to do and I have a lot of planning to do’’ he softly breathed, drawing close to hold my
‘’get off me Charles. I don’t want to see you ever again. i can’t bear your touch anymore. You
make me sick. I’m not going anywhere with you’’ I fired angrily, hitting him on the chest and
provoking him further.
‘’how many times did you sleep with that idi.ot?’’ he strangely asked.
‘’do you really want to know?, I can’t count how many times I sleep with him and yes I don’t regret
it’’ I replied bravely, very much surprised with myself. Perhaps it really was his sudden decision to
take me to Paris that got me all fired up in such alarming way. Yes and he was really having a
hard time controlling the rage building up in him.
‘’Spoilt kids like you really don’t know that the world is a tough place to be. You have everything
provided for you and all you dream of day and night is love and silly romance. You get your head
filled up with silly books, stories and soap operas. You don’t know what your parents pass through
every day to provide for you. You don’t know what a guy like me goes through to make it in a
harsh economy. I’m offering you the whole world and all you do is spit on me. Now I’m going to
break down everything for you the way you will understand and I call that leverage’’ he breathed
‘’I have a tape which could land your lover boy in jail anytime I want and as for Vivian and her
family, just a little twist from me will make everyone of them become permanent tenants in a
federal prison of my choice over drug trafficking. Hmmm and your family?, yes the scandal it will
create will be too hot for your dad to continue being the state governor. He will either resign or be
impeached. And as for you, you will end up being a very miserable girl who will spend the rest of
her life regretting ever making a bad decision.’’ he threatened softly, leaving me so furious and
fired up. I instantly slapped him, shaking with rage.
He licked his lips and smiled.
‘’yes that’s my girl. I bet you can’t live in poverty. I bet you can’t live to see all your loved ones in
jail?. You can’t live with nothing. I’m just offering you two books. One for happiness, the other for a
life of penury and shame, it’s all left for you my love to chose.’’ He added while my eyes melted with tears.
‘’you are a devil. You are heartless’’ I cried.
‘’no you are the one being heartless and cruel my dear. I have known you for years. I have been
close to you more than any guy. I have been your friend more than anyone. But what do I get in
the end?, rejection, deception, heartbreak.
You even cheated on me with an agent sent to be your
bodyguard. You never cared for my feelings. You never cared for all the sleepless nights I had, the
pains I went through to struggle on my own, to make my own money so that you could be proud of
me. You never cared and now you call me heartless when I open up the reality of your decision?.
My love I’m not heartless, you are the inconsiderate one here. So get ready. We are leaving for
Paris, The city of lights. The city of love’’ he poured out, leaving me so broken and empty. Yes he
had me where he wanted. There wasn’t a way I was going to let my family humiliated and kicked
out of power.
There wasn’t a way i was going to let my loved ones rot in jail.
‘’dear lord why?. I’m supposed to be happy as the governor’s daughter but my life is nothing but a
living hell’’ I cried.
‘’my love don’t cry, I beg of you. It hurts me seeing you like this’’ he surprisngly begged, drawing
my head to his chest as I sobbed.
To be continued…
*The Governor’s daughter*
_Val’s side of the story continues from the previous episode_
I barely had returned to the office with Jennifer when Clara called me on phone, sounding much
‘’I want us to see right now, will it be possible?’’ she asked softly.
‘’now?, yes, hope you are fine?’’ I asked breathlessly.
‘’yes I’m fine, let’s meet at the usual place.
I will be there in thirty minutes’’ she added and hung
up, leaving me a bit worried because it was the first time she was asking for us to meet at our
usual guest house very early in the day.
‘’Clara wants us to meet now’’ I opened up to Jennifer whose curious eyes were all over me.
‘’alright then I will have to wait for you at the office’’ she replied with a smile.
Forty minutes later, Clara and I met at our usual meeting point. She looked very troubled and
shaky. There wasn’t any doubt something serious was bothering her.
‘’my love, make love to me’’ she begged like a possessed girl as she threw herself on me.
‘’you are not okay, what’s the matter?’’ I asked curiously.
‘’just make love to me first, I beg of you’’ she begged with tears in her eyes. I couldn’t understand
her. I couldn’t understand the reason for such outburst. I equally couldn’t get myself to make love
to her in the condition she was.
‘’what’s wrong dear, come on tell me’’ I demanded curiously
‘’Charles changed his plans once again. he wants me to travel to Paris with him. He wants us to
get married there. We could leave any moment. I just don’t know what to do’’ she poured out
‘’come on that’s easy, simply say no to him. He won’t carry you to Paris, Will he?’’ I asked quickly.
‘’it’s more than that. He threatened throwing you in jail, he threatened destroying my family and
everything I cared for. No one can stop him. The police can’t do anything. Your department equally
can’t do anything. I guess I’m destined to be with him forever and I have resigned myself to the
This could be our last time together’’ she sobbed, breaking my heart with the terrible words
that came from her mouth.
‘’you can’t leave with him, I won’t allow that’’ I breathed fiercely.
‘’there is nothing you can do my love. Instead you could end up in jail. Think about your family.
Just let me be’’ she cried.
‘’I swear you are not going anywhere with him. I will do everything possible to stop it’’ I
Later that same evening, Jennifer and I traced Celine to her house. Of course the news of
Charles’s intending travel kind of jolted me to my feet. I knew i had little time to save the situation. I
had to do everything possible including playing dirty to stop him, hence the impromptu decision to
(On returning to the office after meeting with Clara earlier in the day, Jennifer had suggested we
talk to Celine together which left us with the decision of tracking her to her house, a low cost three
bedroom building very close to Charles’s new house).
‘’what the hell are you doing here?’’ Celine asked with disbelief as soon as she opened the door to
see Jennifer and i.
‘’we are here to talk to you and its better you cooperate and get immunity from what’s coming’’
Jennifer said with a smile, flashing her I.D. she had no choice than to hesitantly allow us into the
‘’what do you want?’’ she asked.
‘’information about your boss. We have been watching you guys for a while and I don’t think you
will like to spend the rest of your life in jail while he jets out to Paris to enjoy his life and marry a
new wife after using you like a rag?’’ Jennifer said softly.
‘’I don’t think you have anything on my boss or on me, if not I won’t be talking to you in my house.
So I advice you guys leave now’’ she replied seriously.
‘’my dear either way you are as good as gone. Once Mr. Charles learns that you are talking with
us he will definitely discard you and we will be out there waiting for your corpse or waiting to put
you in jail. We already have all the information we need. We only need you on our side to testify in
court and nothing more. If you won’t talk with us, we will definitely find another person to help us.
There is no need playing dumb with us. The drug deals, the recruitment, the transportation and
every document is with us. It’s all left for you my dear to redeem yourself by helping us’’ I said with
a smile, praying for her to fall for my words. Of course we really had nothing strong. All I said were
just made up.
‘’so that was the reason you approached me this morning huh?’’ she asked
‘’can you even guarantee my life afterwards?. Just leave me alone please’’ she screamed.
‘’fine here is my number, call me when you make up your mind’’ Jennifer added, wrote down her
number on a paper and dropped on the table.
‘’that was a nice show we put up with her but very risky. Do you think she will fall for it?’’ Jennifer
asked with a smile as we left the house.
‘’I hope so, I believe things are no longer going fine in their camp and this could be her only way
out’’ I breathed. Yes I was very desperate.
2weeks later, @dss state headquarters Owerri,
Agent Val, Jennifer, the head of operations, the state director and senior special agent Bola are
seen facing Celine in the interrogation room. The young lady surprisingly showed up that morning
offering to talk in return for immunity against prosecution and seizure of her illegally acquired
A deal the department quickly made with her
‘’as I talk to you now, my boss is at the governor’s house. His helicopter is waiting at the airport.
He plans heading to Paris through Ghana with Miss Clara. That’s all I know about his current plans
and you have to stop him before he gets to the helicopter. As for the hard drugs you can’t find any
at his house. He has many off site facilities and agents’ . I can give you their names but they are
all ghosts. I don’t think my boss is running from the law but from his partner Donpatric who has
always been against his relationship with Clara.
The two men are now at war with each other and
that’s the main reason he’s getting married in Paris instead of Nigeria’’ Celine revealed softly while
I impatiently listened. I had many things in my head to ask but at the moment all I needed was a
way to stop the id.i-t from leaving the country.
‘’please give us something we can use to stop him right now. We need concrete evidence’’ I
‘’okay fine, you can stop him over money laundering for the meantime. His house has a very big
underground hall, built like a bank bulk room. I bet you will find close to five hundred million naira
in there” she opened up while special agent Bola heaved a sigh of relief as the head of operations
nodded to Jennifer and i.
‘’Agent Jennifer get your team ready and storm the house. Agent Val, head over to the governor’s
house with five men. Keep close watch and wait for instructions’’ he ordered, leaving a smile on
Yes things were about going in my favour even though Celine’s sudden change of mind at the last
minute was very much suspicious to me. I kind of felt she wasn’t really after the immunity she
asked for but perhaps more interested in getting back at Charles..
Anyway all I cared for at that minute was stopping Charles from leaving.
To be continued…*