— Police confirms Arrest of Suspected Hit And Run Driver in connection with his death
The National Leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has noted with regret and sadness, the brutal murder of the Vanguard reporter, Late Tordue Henry Salem, who went missing in Abuja since October 13, 2021.
In a statement signed by the President of the Union, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, “it is a loss that is so painful to bear.
“While we commend the Nigeria Police for discovering the body of the Late Tordue, whose death in such a manner clearly highlights and further exposes the dangers journalists encounter in carrying out their work, we however urge the law enforcement agencies to go beyond just discovering the corpse by ensuring that all hanging questions are answered.
“In specific terms, while details of the circumstances surrounding the recovery of the remains of the late journalist are still sketchy, we reiterate our call to the Police to move fast and fish out the culprits behind this dastardly act with a view to bringing them to book.
“When journalists work in fear, the freedom of expression and freedom of the press suffer and democracy will be worse off. It is therefore pertinent that deliberate efforts are made to ensure the safety and security of media professionals.
“We sincerely express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the Late Tordue and pray God to console them and members of the journalism profession in Nigeria,” the statement said.
However, the Police have confirmed the arrest of a commercial driver suspected to be responsible for the death of a Vanguard reporter covering the National Assembly, Tordue Salem.
The suspect, a 29-year-old commercial driver, Itoro Clement was paraded on Friday in Abuja.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said Clement was arrested following an investigation carried out by the Force Intelligence Bureau.
He said Clement who was driving a 2004 Model Camry with number plate BWR 243 BK confessed to having hit Tordue at about 10:00 pm on the night of 13th October 2021, around Mabushi area in Abuja but ran away.
The driver, during interrogation, said, “I thought it was an armed robber that I knocked down until the following day when I saw a smashed phone on my windscreen. The phone was not working again so I threw it away.”
Explaining why he did not wait after the accident; Clement claimed that the area where the incident occurred is notorious for criminal activities.
“The place I knocked this person down, is a criminal place everybody knows that place,” he said.
Salem’s body was found on Thursday, November 11, more than a month after he went missing.
An indigene of Benue State, Salem covers the House of Representatives and was last seen on October 13, 2021, a situation that led to protest and agitation by Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abuja.Share this on WhatsApp