Vanguard reporter Tordue’s body found at Wuse General Hospital – Police




The Nigeria Police have said the body of the missing Vanguard Newspapers reporter, Tordue Henry Salem, was found at the Wuse General Hospital Mortuary in Abuja.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Frank Mba, announced this at a news conference briefing in Abuja Friday.

Tordue was reported missing on October 13.

Mba said the body of the reporter was found after weeks of intensive investigations by operatives of the Nigeria Police.

He said the body was deposited at the mortuary after being knocked down by a “hit and run” commercial driver in charge of a Toyota Camry, 2013 model, with registration number BWR 243BK.

On interrogation, Mba said the driver said he had a hit and run incident somewhere around Mabushi-Wuse interchange October 13, the night the Vanguard journalist was reportedly missing.

He said the driver had confessed that, after knocking down the unknown pedestrian at about 10pm, he continued his journey and ended up his activities for the day.

“The driver drove his car to Good Friends Garage at Mpape area of Abuja where he normally parks his vehicle daily for a fee. At this time, his vehicles had been badly damaged, especially, the windscreen.

“He parked the car at the garage and when he arrived in the place the next morning, he found a broken phone, stocked in between the smashed windscreen.

“The driver pulled out the smashed phone and threw it away to where some young people playing in the garage picked it up,” he said.

Mba said the children had made efforts to make voice calls with the SIM card taken from the smashed phone.

“On the strength of this, detectives, on November 11, moved to the General Hospital Wuse. A body believed to be that of Salem was found at about 11.20a.m at Wuse General Hospital mortuary.

“Detectives have contacted the family members and the body had been identified by the family members as that of Salem.

“In addition to the physical identification,

detectives also searched the body of the late journalist.

“Items recovered are Keystone Bank debit card bearing his name, a Union Bank debit card bearing his name, an ID card issued by Vanguard Newspapers identifying him and another ID card identifying him as a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists.”

(NAN)

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