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Tordue Salem, missing Vanguard reporter, found dead in Abuja

Tordue Salem, missing Vanguard reporter, found dead in Abuja

 

Tordue Salem, the Vanguard reporter declared missing some 29 day ago, has been found dead after he went missing in Abuja.

Vanguard Newspaper confirmed his death on Thursday night, November 11, but did not give details surrounding the recovery of his remains.

Salem who was covering the House of Representatives, was last seen between the hours of 8 and 9 pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, after he closed from work.

According to reports, he alighted from a cab at Total filling station, close to the Force headquarters, and headed for B.J’s garden, in the company of a female relative.

He was said to have flagged a cab for the lady who left before him, informing her that he was going to Area 8, Garki. That was the last seen or heard from him until his remains were recovered on Thursday.

The Intelligence Response Team , IRT waded into the disappearance after  an alarm on his mysterious disappearance on October 16, 2021.

Efforts by his colleagues, relatives and security operatives to locate his whereabouts since then had proved abortive.

Members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Monday, October 25, stormed the Nigeria Police Force’s headquarters in Abuja to protest over the missing reporter.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, November 9, asked security agencies to investigate the circumstances leading to the journalist’s disappearance and do everything within its means to secure his release.

Vanguard reported that some arrests were made. Among them was that of a man who was picked for attempting to extort Salem’s family.

The suspect who identified himself as Prince Enyenihi, 25, had contacted Mrs Salem on October 26, 2021, via a text message with a concealed number and requested for N100 million ransom, to be paid as ransom for her husband’s release.

Part of the text message read: “if you don’t pay, Tordue will be killed in seven days. For more information, call this number”. The text message also contained an account number the money was to be paid into.

This was followed by a call with a concealed number to Salem’s wife the next day during which Mrs Salem requested to speak with her husband, to ascertain he was alive before negotiation would begin. But the caller gave the phone to someone who tried to play along.

When she noticed that the voice did not sound like that of her husband, she asked the stranger to mention the name of their daughter and her birth date, a question that met dead silence at the other end.

Another caller was to pull a trick the same evening, with a concealed number requesting to know if Mrs Salem’s husband had been released. The perplexed woman probed why the caller had his number concealed.

“On October 27, another text came to me on a bulk text message platform, ordering the family to pay the N100 million ransom before the next day, failure of which they would kill Salem.

The Police, however, swung into action first, by de-encrypting the number that called and traced its owner to a lady in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

While interrogation the lady who owns Joy Skin Care she denied culpability, stating rather, that a particular number had been calling her line since October 26, 2021.

On further investigation operatives discovered that the number was same with that used to contact Mrs Salem, following which 25-year-old Enyenihi was arrested on November 5, 2021.

it was later discovered that Enyehin was next door neighbor to the beautician. During the interrogation, he disclosed that he got information of Vanguard reporter’s disappearance on a flyer that went viral on social media, which had the number of Mrs Salem as the contact person to report to if found.

The suspect further stated that he sent the text messages without the knowledge of his female neighbour, adding that he got his neighbour’s telephone number and account details from her Facebook page.

“I knew the family wouldn’t pay the money. I used the owner of Joy beauty skin care ‘s account details in order to punish her for always talking to me anyhow” he said.

The Police, however, described the arrest as a distraction from what they were looking

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