ALEXANDER AKOTO ADJEI
Kofi Ansah: Welcome back my cherished viewers and listeners from the short commercial break. If you just tuned in, you have missed the earlier part of the narration my special guest Captain Kwame Adjei gave. Well we are now taking a dive into something we all have keen interest in.
Captain before we went on the commercial break, you stated that your former commanding officer Brigadier Oblitey Commey was allegedly murdered in his office? Please throw more light on that for us.
Captain Adjei: Thank you Kofi Ansah, I won’t say the murder was alleged my brother but it was something that was well orchestrated and executed by the brains behind the gruesome act. Well if you don’t know Brigadier Oblitey Commey, was principled, intelligent, honest, discplined, down to earth and carrier himself well with distinction. He had the stature of our former President John Agyekum Kuffour and he was a man of his word. As I was saying earlier, one of the boys gathered information that, about an hour before his demise, some top ranking officers from Michel and Teshie camps came to his office where they had a closed door meeting. It lasted almost an hour but in the middle of the meeting they heard sounds like an argument between one of the senior ranking officer and that of my commanding officer. They said the senior ranking officer stormed out of my commanding officer’s office with a very stern look on his face and he was calling his colleagues to leave that “woman in mens apparel” so they go back to their base. He went to sit in one of the jeeps they came with to wait for the other senior ranking officers.
Kofi Ansah: Captain all that while, where were you because I know your office was in the same building?
Captain Adjei: I and my team were on the road travelling back to the base from our mission outside.
Kofi Ansah: Oh okay, I remember you said that earlier . Please go on.
Captain Adjei: My boy said after 15minutes the other senior ranking officers walked out of my commanding officer’s office and a fellow Brigader said, Oblitey you either join the winning side or you sink in the boat alone. A word should be enough for the wise and don’t blame any of us when the wheels of power changes. The other senior ranking officers gave him a stern look as they walked briskly to the jeeps they came with. The only female officer amongst my team also said she gathered information that, shortly after the senior ranking officers left the office of my commanding officer, he dashed out to the armoury, spoke with the officer in charge then. Moments later a service pistol was brought to him. He made sure the magazine of the service pistol was well loaded with bullets and then signed the logbook before he left the armoury. He walked back to his office looking all furious and ignoring all compliments or salutes the junior officers met him with. Again I was told he was overheard talking on phone on top of his voice but because of the nature of his office setup, you couldn’t hear the exact words that he was saying. Along the line the was a power outage and when the generator was powered on, an explosion took place shortly after the power had been switched to the generator. When personnels rushed there they realised the generator set had blown and gutted fire so they immediately quenched the fire with the fire extinguishers that were readily available on the corridors of the base.
Kofi Ansah: Sir please what was the cause of the generator outburst?
Captain Adjei: Hmmmmm my brother no one knew what caused the generator set to explode but during our underground investigations we got to know all that went on that fateful day was something that had been well planned and it was perfectly executed by the men who were assigned to that task. After the fire was quenched the officers had to report to the commanding officer as to what had happened, the Staff Sergeant who was to report the incident got to the commanding officer’s office and when he knocked, there was no response forth coming, he then asked the secretary if the commanding officer had stepped out but she told the Staff Sergeant the commanding officer was in his office and had not stepped out of his office since he came back from the armoury looking very furious. The Staff Sergeant summoned some junior officers to knock the door down and when they were about to do that, a labourer came to the office crying that he had seen the commanding officer dead through his opened window. The Staff Sergeant then decided to break the door down by himself even if it was going to cause his life or his job. To their utmost surprise Brigadier Oblitey Commey was sitting in his seat dead with his head blown by a bullet shot at a close range. What surprised the officers in that office most was they never heard of any gunshot and the pistol was not having any silencer at the tip of it so the question everyone was asking was how did the trigger go off and no one around the office heard the sound from the gunshot.
Kofi Ansah: So where was the service pistol he went to sign in for?
Captain Adjei: I am told the service pistol was lying on the floor but what baffled me was why the crime scene and homicide detectives couldn’t search the place thoroughly and I came across a bullet shell. Well with the information I and my team members came up with, I realised we were getting somewhere and we all concluded that we were going to be extra careful because we could tell clearly without the help of any soothsayer that, our commanding officer didn’t die a natural death and that it was either he was murdered or he was pushed to the wall and as he felt he had no last card to play, he took the only means or exit available which was death. We departed and straightaway I drove home, as I got home a breaking news was been aired and the content was that a car was involved in a head on collision accident and that the occupants of the said car had gotten burnt beyond recognition. Hearing the news I felt bad not for the dead people but possibly the families of the occupants in the said car. I dropped my car key and climbed the staircase to the bedroom to freshen up and then jump to bed. Around 1am early in the morning I heard my bedside telephone ringing, I managed to stretch my hand for the receiver of the telephone and the voice of the caller got me jumping to my feet. The caller was one of my undercover team members, he broke the news to me that the only lady in my team and one other officer were involved in a fatal motor accident and they were burnt beyond recognition. I made the caller explain to me what he knew or heard about the exact accident and after been briefed I decided to move to the accident scene on the Tema motorway roundabout. My brother, the news that was aired earlier on related to my own people, for no reason fear caught up with me because within two days I had lost three gallant people all because I was so much interested in the alleged suicide death of my former commanding officer. The alacrity and passion in me all of a sudden vanished and I thought of dissolving the undercover team immediately because I didn’t want to further endanger the lives of any young officer. If there was anything I so wished to do, I had to do it on my own. I got a tracksuit and a cap on, pulled my drawer which contained a revolver in it and hid it behind my waist then immediately left the house to the accident scene. Because of the time, the road was empty and in no time I was on the motorway and after about 12minutes drive, I heard sirens ahead of me and I could see the red and blue lights glowing through the dark in the early hours of the day. The police officers who were there at the scene were now directing traffic for motorists who plied that route. I managed to park closer to where the car was involved in the accident and immediately I noticed that truly the car was the same car the female officer drove to our meeting place. I introduced myself to the police officer in charge of scene and he gave me a little briefing about what some eye witnesses saw. According to him the front tyre of the car got burst and because the car was moving on a top speed, the driver lost balanced, veered from her lane, hit a pothole and the car collided with a trailer that was spoilt and parked beside the motorway. The car caught fire since it was using a gasoline tank. The fire was quenched a short while before I got there and the firefighters were now coming to dismantle the burnt car with chainsaw before the could get the burnt people out and take them to the mortuary for postmortem. I was crying foul play but as I got to the scene and the briefing I got, I came to realise the accident was cause based on a small mechanical malfunction. I stood there till their bodies were retrieve and I followed the ambulance that was called in to convey the dead bodies to the Tema General hospital. I stood in to make sure all necessary documents or arrangements were done on their behalf before I left the hospital back to my house. At the base later in the day I briefed the officers of the unfortunate news and that was when I got to hear that the lady was four weeks pregnant and she wanted to surprise her husband whom had just flown in from Japan that same day after a business trip.
Kofi Ansah: Oh that was pathetic Captain.
Captain Adjei: To me the guilt of their death was still hovering around me because I was the person who brought them out of their respective homes just for that meeting. I told the only guy left to lay low for me as I do the rest of the investigation all by myself. I didn’t want to further endanger anymore lives again as the information I had gathered so far was enough for me to work on it alone. About two weeks later after all the three guys had been buried, I was in my office and I had a phone call which to me was a bit alarming. Whoever called refused to mention his name and his location, the callers voice was not a voice I had ever come across and as to how he got my office telephone contact, up till date it baffles me. The caller was so resolute and the zeal he spoke with got me thinking with all my senses and hormones going to swift work.