Missing Vanguard Reporter, Tordue Salem Found Dead

Tordue Henry Salem, a Vangusrd Reporter, covering House of Representatives, Abuja who went missing in October has been found dead.

Some persons have reportedly been arrested in connection with his disappearance, Daily Trust reports.

He was last seen around Total filling station, close to the Force headquarters, Abuja, on October 13, 2021.

One of them is identified as Prince Enyenihi, who was said to have contacted the journalist’s wife to demand a N100 million ransom.

“If you don’t pay, Torduewill be killed in seven days. For more information, call this number,” a test message from Enyenihi to Salem’s wife reportedly said.

The House of Representatives had called on the Nigerian security agencies to immediately launch an investigation into the whereabouts of the missing journalist, Tordue Salem, and give a report to the house in two weeks.
This was made known in a motion raised on Tuesday by Ndudi Elumelu, the minority leader of the house.

In the motion, Elumelu raised concerns that the sudden disappearance of the journalist is “an extension of the deteriorating state of insecurity in the nation’s capital which questions the efficiency of the country’s security.

Similarly, the Senate on Tuesday mandated the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba to, as a matter of urgency, direct a special investigation into the circumstances surrounding the whereabout of the missing Journalist, Mr. Tordue Salem.

The chamber made the call amid a resolution after a point of order raised by Senator Orker-Jev Emmanuel Yisa (Benue North-West) to draw the attention of the Senate to the disappearance of the reporter who covered the National Assembly.

Coming under order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, Senator Yisa noted that Tordue Salem, before going missing, was a journalist with the Vanguard newspaper covering the House of Representatives.

According to the lawmaker, on October 13, 2021 between 8-9pm, the said Tordue Salem went missing and all phone contact with him ceased.

He lamented that efforts by his family, friends and colleagues to uncover his whereabout or what may have happened proved abortive.

He, however, expressed optimism that with the intervention of the Senate – the highest lawmaking body in the matter – the police may be better persuaded to get to the root of his disappearance, so to alleviate the anxiety of all concerned.

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