•Hit and run commercial driver admits killing him
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By Henry Umoru; Levinus Nwabughiogu; Dirisu Yakubu &Luminous Jannamike
One month after a reporter with Vanguard Newspapers, Mr Tordue Salem, was declared missing in Abuja, the Police authorities yesterday paraded a 29-year-old commercial driver, Itoro Clement who was said to have hit and killed Tordue but ran away.
This was as the House of Representatives Press Corps, HoRPC has petitioned the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ on the matter, demanding justice for their late colleague.
Essentially, the NUJ in response to the petition of the HoRPC demanded that an independent enquiry be established and an autopsy carried out on the body to determine the date and time of his death.
Salem, a Journalist covering the House of Representatives got missing on October 13, 2021 in Abuja at about 8pm on his way from work. His sudden disappearance subsequently elicited concerns from Nigerians and corporate organizations including the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Federal Capital Territory, FCT and Civil Society Organizations, CSOs.
Recall that members of NUJ in the FCT council staged a peaceful protest to police headquarters, urging them to find Salem. Similarly, miffed by the ugly development, both chambers of the National Assembly, Senate and the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution on the matter, mandating the security agencies in the country to investigate the circumstances of Salem’s disappearance and possibly find him.
On the heels of the resolution, the Police, 30 days after Salem’s disappearance said they have found the body. Addressing newsmen on the incident at the premises of Intelligence Response Team, IRT located in the former Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, headquarters in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO Mr. Frank Mba who was flanked by the Head of IRT, Tunji Disu, said upon interrogation, Clement, a commercial driver admitted to have hit Salem around Mabushi/Wuse area of Abuja metropolis at about 10 pm on the day of he got missing. He said the driver took off immediately and never reported the accident to the police.