Breaking: Police parade alleged killer of Vanguard newspaper reporter in Abuja; but where exactly was Tordue Salem’s body found, The Conclave Board of Editors raises a poser

Tordue Salem

The Police have arrested a commercial driver suspected to be responsible for the death of a Vanguard Journalist, Tordue Salem.

The suspect, a 29-year-old commercial driver, Itoro Clement was paraded on Friday in Abuja.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said Clement was arrested following an investigation carried out by the Force Intelligence Bureau.

He said Clement who was driving a 2004 Model Camry with number plate BWR 243 BK confessed to having hit Tordue about 10:00 pm on the night of 13th October 2021, around Mabushi area in Abuja but ran away.

The driver, during interrogation, said, “I thought it was an armed robber that I knocked down until the following day when I saw a smashed phone on my windscreen. The phone was not working again so I threw it away.”

Explaining why he did not wait after the accident; Clement claimed that the area where the incident occurred is notorious for criminal activities.

“The place I knocked this person down, is a criminal place; everybody knows that place,” he said.

Salem’s body was found on Thursday, November 11, more than a month after he went missing.

An indigene of Benue State, Salem covers the House of Representatives and was last seen on October 13, 2021, a situation that led to protest and agitation by Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abuja

Meanwhile, The Conclave Board of Editors has raised a poser concerning the exact place or location the body of the late Tordue Salem was found.

The Board said this was one of the missing links that needed to be fixed in the jigsaw puzzle that was Salem’s death.

It raised more posers: assuming the body was deposited  in the morgue, who deposited  it? And how could they have found the body and the killer same day?

Many more posers, more incongruities have become evident in the Tordue Salem death saga.

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  1. More posers for the police: Assuming the claim tha Tordue’s body was found the following day is correct, how come it took one month to identify a body that had at least two ID cards on it? Where in Nigeria does a man tell policemen that he committed a hit and run crime and the police will shoo him off to go tell the story to another police post? How did the deceased legs get burnt, which his sister attested to? Why did the police lie that the family had seen and identified the body when they were yet to do so?
    The story really smells fishy.


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