Tinland is engulfed in another series of violent uprisings as have become characteristic of the once peaceful and serene state. Following a tip-off, journalist Zack Liman goes to investigate the cause of the uprising. This leads him to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Tangu Mila. The paranoid Mila orders Liman’s assassination – leading to some sort of domino effect.
Gloria Dan a.k.a Mimi, the femme fatale of the story has been peddling drugs for the ‘bofak’ syndicate since she was a little child on the streets of Sao Tome. She has risen up the seniority ladder and is now a powerful member of the syndicate – so powerful that she is in charge of supplying drugs to the big guns and power brokers of the society. Her ascension to power has, however, come at a cost. Among her sworn enemies is Kim Shykes, a former Sao Tomean police officer, whose career she helped destory. Shykes has sworn to take revenge by all means.
By some stroke of luck, Kim Shykes finds himself in Nigiera right at the time events are exploding.
Billy Dada, a friend and colleague to the murdered Zack Liman is now more bent than ever to discover the identity of his colleague’s murderers and also to get to the bottom of the Tinland uprisings which led to the death of his colleague.
Through her association with Zack Liman, Gloria Dan had gotten into dangerous waters and the ‘Bofak’ syndicate faced the threat of exposure. As a result of this, an arrangements are made for her to be removed from Nigeria. Jion Belleck, a Libya-trained assassin is the man for this job. And so the scene is set. Different players from different nations have come together in Nigeria to play out their roles.
Talk about a gripping, heart-racing and suspense filled thriller, The BOFAK Illusion fits the bill. As the title suggests most of the characters were illusive; they were not really who they appear to be. For example there is the ex-cop disguised as a missionary, the secretary working against her boss, the tourists who are actually assassins and so more.
From the Federal capital to Tinland to Sao Tome, Lagi explores the despicable play of power often involved among politicians. Also the issue of ethno-religious crises is explored. Are they really ethno-religious based or do they have their origins in power hungry politicians who would do everything in their power to tip the scales in their favour?
A piece such as this is what I’ve been looking for. I’ve always wondered why African writers shied away from crime and thrillers but ‘The Bofak Illusion’ has ended that search and wondering.