Tordue Salem, a Vanguard Newspaper journalist who was declared missing since October 13, has been found dead.
Salem’s disappearance had remained a huge shock for most journalists especially in Abuja.
A suspect who attempted to extort money from Salem’s wife has been arrested in connection with his disappearance and death.
Tordue was Vanguard’s correspondent covering the National Assembly especially the House of Representatives before his disappearance.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the disappearance and possibly, the death of Salem. The suspect was said to have tried to extort money from Salem’s family after his disappearance on October 13.
He reportedly sent a text message to Salem’s wife with a concealed number demanding N100 million as a ransom for his release.
The text message read: “If you don’t pay, Tordue will be killed in seven days. For more information, call this number.”
However, during his interrogation, the suspect claimed that he got Salem’s wife’s number from a flyer that was used to declare the reporter missing. He denied having any involvement in the disappearance or death of Tordue Salem.
It would be recalled that members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Federal Capital Territory chapter had staged a protest at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to call for an investigation into Salem’s disappearance.
The journalists led by the chairman of the FCT chapter of NUJ, Emmanuel Ogbeche, urged the police to intensify efforts to ensure that Salem was rescued alive. Ogbeche also called for the immediate transfer of Salem’s case file from the FCT command of the police to a special investigation unit of the inspector general of police, Usman Baba.
Also, federal lawmakers had called on the IGP to institute a special investigation into the disappearance of Salem. In a point of order Senator Orker-Jev Emmanuel Yisa of Benue northwest senatorial district on November 9, told the Senate at the plenary that Salem had been missing since October 13.
He said that it should be noted that if a journalist can disappear into the thin air from the FCT, it poses a big challenge for Nigeria’s capital city.