DIRTY DIAMONDS OF BOKO HARAM
…In 2015 the extremist Islamic sect BOKO HARAM was declared #1 in the world, rising above Islamic state, ISIS. But fighting a full-fledged war with the military forces of the four African countries around the Lake Chad region, leaving thousands of innocent people dead or homeless, BOKO HARAM had occupied that position long before then…
Against all advice, a beautiful young lady travels to Maiduguri, a chaotic city in the BOKO HARAM ravaged north-eastern Nigeria, in search of her missing businessman father. She soon disappears, the four corpses of her bodyguards turn up in a canal and a mega ransom demand is sent to her billionaire uncle by a faction of the BOKO HARAM terrorist group. Since neither the Nigerian Army nor the other elements of the JTF had been any help in the search his missing elder brother, the girl’s billionaire uncle quietly puts together a team of mercenary soldiers led by an ex-special forces lieutenant to negotiate with the terrorists and rescue the girl. Everything goes wrong from the beginning because everyone had a hidden agenda. The terrorists looking to keep the ransom and the girl as wife for their commander, laid a deadly ambush for the mercenaries. Three influential billionaires, led by the girl’s treacherous uncles, want her dead in order to get at her father’s vast business empire and fortunes to which she is sole heir.
None of them counted on the massive obstacle a single man could pose against their formidable resources. The ex-special forces lieutenant became a one-man army as he fights night and day to keep the beautiful heiress safe from her enemies. She soon learns to cling to him for protection, and then also for love. She is smart, determined to find out what happened to her father and to rule his business empire in his absence……
Reaching from the highly populated urban city of Lagos in oil rich southern Nigeria, to the high luxury capital city of Abuja where billionaire business moguls rub shoulders with powerful politicians, top military generals and bureaucrats, some good, some bad, most corrupt, they plot the future of a great nation over a few drinks even as they kill time with high priced prostitutes in overpriced hotel suites and huge luxury mansions. And then on to the war thorn cites and remote countryside of the north-eastern lands where the Islamic terrorist group, BOKO HARAM hold away, wetting the soil daily with the innocent blood of thousands of helpless they kill and many more thousands they render homeless and they battle the combined military forces of four countries.
This story unfolds with an explosiveness never seen before. It is the first novel ever written about the activities of the terrorist ravaging the Sahel Savannah region around the famous lake Chad and yet it is much, much more….
Targeted Age Group:: All
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A strong desire to tell the truths about human nature as is displayed in numerous area of life.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I came up with my characters after reading so many true life tales concerning the issue i wanted to write about.
….My military contacts tell me you have fought in the north-eastern territories for over two years and I was led predominantly to understand that not only does your unique military trainings and war experiences make you ideal for this mission, you are the best man to lead it. But most importantly, you already have some kind of history with the leader of the Boko Haram faction holding my niece”
Alex wondered yet again where this man could be getting all this high wired information but he was also intrigued.
“A certain El Soldat”
“El Soldat?” Alex sat up at once. “That bastard is one of the smartest and most elusive war criminals there has ever been. I hunted him for four months and only caught up with him once. He got away by taking an entire village hostage, slaughtered an entire family just to make his point and I ended up bargaining my head off to save the lives of the rest. El Soldat is an Arab fighting with the insurgents but he operates on a slightly higher level which suggests he has some form of advanced military training. If your niece is with him then God help you, and her too because that man is proper bed news even on a good day and his second-in-command isn’t far behind, I know exactly what I’m talking about”
“Which is why you will be the one handling negotiations with them” said the Alhaji at once.
“I haven’t agreed to take the offer yet"
“The whole thing won’t take more than a few days of your time and I’m willing to pay you handsomely, ten million naira”
“No sir, so sorry” Alex shook his head firmly. He was a bit unsettled by the large amount, even tempted but he wasn’t stupid and he was thinking with every cell in his brain. “First of all, that entire state is now a full-fledged war zone. With El Soldat within fifty miles of any point, that area automatically become even more dangerous than the rest. That bastard is a mass murderer who, in typical Islamic State style, would blow up a crowded market place just to prove a point or get at one single person. Secondly, your niece is most likely held somewhere to the south of Bama, all that area is Boko Haram stronghold right now and that’s where the kingpins are to be found. Their headquarters, Sambisa forest, is right there, twenty-three miles to the south east of Bama” Alex moved his finger in an arc, drawing a wide circle. “Getting in and out of that area safely is as good as impossible not to talk of highly dangerous, they behead soldiers and Christians on sight down there and I fall into both categories. If they find out I’m in the vicinity, they’ll come after me like bats out hell and if I’m caught, I’m finished. Thirdly, hostage exchange situations are not as simple as they sound, particularly not with trigger happy terrorists. It’s always a tense affair that could turn into a full blown gunfight in a second, I’ve seen it happen too many times than I care to remember. Lastly, the operation is definitely not legal which means that if I get caught by the Army handing over hundreds of millions of naira in hard currency to terrorists, I’m finished. I’ll be thrown into jail without even the grace of a fake trial, that’s if I don’t get lynched first, there’s very little tolerance for terrorist sympathizers up there” Alex shook his head again. “I can’t accept your offer, sir. I still like breathing as it is and I’m beginning to enjoy civilian life”
“You and the other men will be issued special military documents that will get you pass all checkpoints without harassment and legalize your presence anywhere in the region” said the Alhaji.
Alex was amazed. “How are you going to pull off a thing like that?”
“That will be my problem, Mr. Okoye, and like I’ve already proven to you, I do have the necessary connections. As an ex-Military Intelligence operative you will, of course, be able to testify to the legitimacy of any military document you receive. I will pay you thirty million naira, half up front and the other half after the operation. If all goes well and according to my wishes, you will get a one hundred percent bonus, bringing your total take to sixty million cash. And, of course, your military files too”
Alex was stunned. His brain made the quick conversion. The money was like a quarter of a million dollars!
“You don’t have to give me an answer right now” said the Alhaji quickly, holding up his hands and getting to his feet. “Think about it and sleep on it, but you only have twenty-four hours to give the reply because the deadline I was given by the terrorists expires eight days from today. I will be flying back to Abuja first thing tomorrow morning to make some final arrangements. If I get a consenting phone call from you within the time frame, arrangements will be made at once for you to come to Abuja. If I don’t get the phone call, then I will assume your answer is still a ‘no’ and pick my second opinion to replace you”
The man in the suit had already gotten to his feet too. He dropped a white calling card on the low furniture table in the center of the room before them.
“You have a good night, lieutenant” said the Alhaji curtly and walked off for the door.
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