Missing Vanguard reporter: Journalists storm Police Headquarters, ask IGP to break silence

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Africa-Press-Nigeria

Some journalists in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday stormed the Police Headquarters, Abuja, asking the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to provide answers on the missing National Assembly correspondent, Tordue Salem.

a journalist with Vanguard newspaper, was last seen 13 days ago, October 13 when he was at his beat covering event.

His colleagues and family members raised the alarm two days after his whereabouts could not be ascertained. The reporter’s disappearance was reported to the Police on the 15th for prompt action.

Despite efforts of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Mr Salem’s whereabouts are still unknown.

His colleagues, who are marking the 13th day of his disappearance, stormed the Police Headquarters on Monday to demand immediate action from the security agency.

The aggrieved journalists were bearing placards with inscriptions such as ‘Free Tordue now’, ‘Enough is enough’, ‘Stop violence against journalists’, ‘Free the press,’ ‘Journalists’ lives matter’ among others, sang “We want Tordue back alive.”

Addressing them at the gate of the Police Headquarters, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, FCT chapter, Emmanuel Ogbeche, said all they wanted was for IGP Baba to come and state what the Force was doing about Tordue’s disappearance.

According to him, the Police boss must put all necessary apparatus in place to find Tordue Salem alive so he can reunite with his family.

 

“Keep faith,” he urged the journalists, “be law-abiding as it is not time to fight or be violent.”

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