Tordue Salem: Missing Vanguard reporter found dead in Abuja

A reporter with Vanguard Newspapers declared to be missing in October has been found dead in Abuja.

Tordue Henry Salem, based in the nation’s capital city covered the House of Representatives beat for the newspaper.

As at press time, details surrounding the recovery of his corpse was sketchy.

Meanwhile, some suspects have reportedly been arrested in connection with his disappearance

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, Tordue will be killed in seven days. For more information, call this number,” a text 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 operatives”.

His colleagues in Abuja last month protested to the Fprce Headquarters to press home the demand for his whereabouts.

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