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Vanguard journalist found dead after 29 days



Vanguard journalist, Tordue Henry Salem was found dead in Abuja

A House of Representatives correspondent with Vanguard newspaper, Tordue Henry Salem, has been found dead after he was declared missing 29 days ago.

Salem was reportedly last seen on October 13, 2021.

He was found dead on Thursday, November 10 in the Federal Capital Territory.

“Details of the circumstances surrounding the recovery of his remains were still sketchy as at 9.30 pm, Thursday,” the newspaper said.


Salem’s death has drawn attention home and abroad with many calling for a thorough investigation into the case.

Journalists had on Monday, October 25, stormed the police headquarters in Abuja to protest and express displeasure over Salem’s continued disappearance.

They urged the security operatives to help unravel the mystery behind Mr Salem’s disappearance.

“It is worrying that an adult will simply vanish into thin air without a trace. This is unacceptable and we urge the police and DSS to rise up to the occasion and provide answers to this troubling situation,” NUJ Abuja said in a statement jointly signed by the union’s Chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche, and Secretary, Ochiaka Ugwu.

During the protest, the Police PRO, Frank Mba addressed the crowd, saying efforts are ongoing to locate Salem. He assured that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba is interested in the case and would see it to the end.


“As I speak to you, we have made significant process with the investigation. We were able to trace when he left the National Assembly. We were able to interact with a young lady who spent time with him that night.

“We have the recordings of the last call he made. Also, we were able to speak with six different persons he spoke to that night,” Mba said.

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