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Missing Reporter: Journalists storm Police Headquarters, ask IGP to provide answers

Thirteen days after the disappearance of the Vanguard’s National Assembly correspondent, reporter, some journalists in the Federal Capital Territory stormed the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, asking the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, to provide answers.

Tordue Salem, a journalist with Vanguard newspaper, was last seen on October 13 while at his beat covering event.

Two days after his whereabouts could not be ascertained, his colleagues and family members raised the alarm. The development was reported to the Police on October 15 for prompt action.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, had made several efforts, but Mr Salem’s whereabouts and disappearance is still a mystery.

With no reaction and evidence of concern from the Police, his aggrieved colleagues, stormed the Police Headquarters on Monday to demand immediate action from the security agency.

The journalists who were seen bearing placards with inscriptions such as ‘Free the Press’, Free Tordue now’, ‘Journalists’ lives matter’, ‘Enough is enough’, ‘Stop violence against journalists’, ‘Journalists is not a crime’, among others, sang “We want Tordue back alive.”

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

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

Ogbeche urged them to “Keep faith,” and “be law-abiding as it is not time to fight or be violent.”

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