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Ighayo (6)

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{INT. EXAMINATION ROOM, MILITARY PREMISES, NIGERIA – DAY}

A YOUNG MAN in cuffs is sitting before Captain Obong while Major Evans is standing behind the young man. ONE SOLDIER is standing at a corner of the room.

CAPTAIN OBONG
What is your name?

ASAD
My name is ASAD.

CAPTAIN OBONG
Were you aware of the explosives on your vehicle?

ASAD
There were no explosives on the vehicle. I was driving, and then a black man appeared, threw me out of the vehicle and destroyed the tank. The media is wrong. He’s no hero, he’s a destroyer.

CAPTAIN OBONG
(gasps as Major Evans glances at him with a dread look)
But the videos show that the vehicle was heading towards the Hotel.

MAJOR EVANS
Do you trust him that much?

CAPTAIN OBONG
I don’t know who to trust. Just confused. Wish he was here.

MAJOR EVANS
He may tell you anything to save his ass.

CAPTAIN OBONG
Save his ass? He’s indestructible.

ASAD
(giggles)
I’m indestructible?

CAPTAIN OBONG
We’re not talking about you.
(Asad nods and keeps a cunning face)

MAJOR EVANS
And perhaps, according to the Doctor, he might have become something we know not of.

ASAD
I heard the black man said “he’ll attack the city with terrorists and what he’s about to do now is a warning to the world. I want the world to know what I’m capable of.”

CAPTAIN OBONG
O my God. We’ve just unleashed a terrible evil upon ourselves.
(Major Evans walks to the door)
What are you going to do?

MAJOR EVANS
Prepare for the defence before he destroys us.
(leaves the room)

CAPTAIN OBONG
(stands and faces the Soldier standing at the corner of the room)
Take him out of here
(to Asad)
Hey, you, stay out of trouble.
(leaves the room)

{PASSAGE}

CAPTAIN OBONG
(to Major Evans)
I don’t think, Asad, was saying the truth.

MAJOR EVANS
Come on, do you read minds now?

CAPTAIN OBONG
We both know how powerful, Leela, is. He doesn’t need a human-terrorist to destroy the city.

MAJOR EVANS
That somewhat makes sense. But, see, I know this super guy has eaten up your head. Hope you’re not under his spell.

CAPTAIN OBONG
(sighs)
I’ve already paid for his ghost-hero costume and the inventors said it will be ready tonight. Now that you’ve changed your mind, what should I do?

MAJOR EVANS
I’ve changed nothing. Continue with the programme until we’re sure about this thing.

CAPTAIN OBONG
All right, Major.

MAJOR EVANS
(walks away)
That wasn’t an order, Captain.

CAPTAIN OBONG
(smiles)
Yes, sir!

{EXT. SKY – NIGHT}

Leela is flying at the speed of light.

LEELA
(voices echo in his ears)
What’s going on?

{EXT. FOREST, ELEME, RIVER STATE}

FOUR MASKED MEN are beating up an ELDERLY MAN tied to a tree.

MASKED MAN ONE
(holds a mobile phone before the face of the elderly man)
Say the numbers or die!

ELDERLY MAN
Zero, eight, zero, four, two, nine…

LEELA
(hiding behind the branches of a tree from a little distance away)
Hmm… kidnappers.

MASKED MAN ONE
(dials the telephone number given by the elderly man)
Hahaha!
(the phone gives a ringing signal)

LEELA
They’re trying to contact this man’s family and demand for a ransom for his release.
(suspires and nods)
What should I do, what should I do?
(eyes glow)

MASKED MAN ONE
Hello?

MAN (V.O)
(over the telephone)
Who is this and what is the matter?

MASKED MAN ONE
Shut up and give this phone to your mother now!

MAN (V.O)
You say what? Are you out of your mind?

MASKED MAN ONE
I am the man who kidnapped your father, we need the sum of five hundred million Naira for his release or he’ll die!

MAN (V.O)
Very good! Gotcha! This is the Nigerian Police Station and you have just fucked yourself. The man dies, you die! Swat is on their way already. Thank you!

MASKED MAN ONE
(offs the phone call)
What?
(to the elderly man)
Did you give us a police number?

ELDERLY MAN
No! I swear! It was my wife’s number.

MASKED MAN TWO
You’re dead!

LEELA
(masked with his cloth, suddenly stands behind the Masked men)
He’s not dead!

The four masked men quickly turn their attentions to where Leela speaks from.

MASKED MAN THREE
How did you get here, dick head?

MASKED MAN ONE
Get that idiot and kill him!

LEELA
(in the speed of light, he beats the masked men to unconsciousness, unties the elderly man and tie the masked men to the tree)
Haha!
(to the elderly man)
Let’s go home, grandpa.

ELDERLY MAN
Thank God, they couldn’t contact my wife.

LEELA
Yeah! I diverted the signal to the police station.

ELDERLY MAN
How?

LEELA
I don’t know, I just know.

ELDERLY MAN
Who are you?

LEELA
The one who saved you. For now, I’m a ghost!

ELDERLY MAN
Did you kill them?

LEELA
No, however, the police are on their way here to get them to where they’re supposed to be. See them for the last time for they won’t bother you anymore.

ELDERLY MAN
Thank you, Mr Ghost.

LEELA
Thank your God, not me.

ELDERLY MAN
Are you an angel?
(in the speed of light Leela flies away with him)

{INT. SHRINE TEMPLE, FOREST, KADUNA}

Asad is kneeling before Salim and the Priestess.

SALIM
(to Asad)
Are you sure about what you’re saying?

ASAD
Yes. They sounded as if he was there.

PRIESTESS
(eyes glow)
The destroyer is here in Nigeria.

SALIM
I will hunt him down and destroy him.

PRIESTESS
If he has been fully transformed, your weapon can’t hurt him.

SALIM
Then, what shall we do?

PRIESTESS
I will empower your weapons with great powers.

SALIM
I promise you, he’s dead already.

PRIESTESS
Destroy that military zone and let no soul live in that area.

{INT. MAJOR EVANS’ OFFICE – DAY}

Major Evans is viewing a file and suddenly, Leela opens the door and enters.

MAJOR EVANS
(shivers)
Have you come to destroy me? Please, I have two wonderful kids.

LEELA
Why is that?

MAJOR EVANS
Please don’t kill me! Guards!

TWO SOLDIERS runs into the office and aims their guns against Leela.

LEELA
Thank you!
(looks into the eyes of Major Evans)
Sir, you’ve been deceived by terrorists who seek to destroy me. Asad is an agent to them. I rescued him from the suicide attack because I knew he’ll be captured.

CAPTAIN OBONG
(walks into the office)
What’s going on?
(sees Leela)
Jesus Christ!

LEELA
What.

CAPTAIN OBONG
O, you’re back!

LEELA
I want to accept your offer to make me a ghost. I have no friends anymore. I huh… visited my roommates and they scare away, thinking that I’m a ghost. I really felt ashamed.

MAJOR EVANS
(to the two soldiers pointing their guns at Leela)
Please, leave.
(the two Soldiers leave the office)

LEELA
I didn’t say anything to your Asad and he has tricked you guys and freed himself.

CAPTAIN OBONG
I didn’t trust him that much.

MAJOR EVANS
We don’t have much time.
(to Captain Obong)
Please, execute that programme now. I hope it’s ready.

CAPTAIN OBONG
Yeah, ready. Our problem is how we can get there on time and without been detected.

LEELA
Don’t worry about that
(sees a Newspaper on the desk of Major Evans)
Please, can you do me a favour?

MAJOR EVANS
Whatever you want.

LEELA
(points at the newspaper)
Come with that newspaper.

CONTINUE…