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Omo-Agege to the security agencies: unmask the real killers of Tordue Salem

Senate Vice President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, asked Nigerian police and other security agencies to uncover the mysterious circumstances that led to the killing of Vanguard Newspaper reporter Tordue Henry Salem.

Tordue, who was last seen on October 13, 2021, was reportedly found dead in Abuja in the closing hours of Thursday November 11, 2021 after being run over by a hit-and-run.

Prior to the unfortunate incident, he was a Vanguard Newspaper reporter covering the House of Representatives.

Reacting to the development, Senator Omo-Agege expressed regret over the unfortunate incident and stressed the need for a conclusive investigation that unmasks all those involved in Tordue’s death.

A statement released Friday by media adviser to Senate Vice President Yomi Odunuga cited Omo-Agege that Itoro Clement’s parade – a commercial driver who allegedly ran over and killed the reporter – raised further questions about the circumstances that led to it. to the death of the journalist.

The Delta Central lawmaker noted that providing the missing puzzle was the only way to close the matter, adding that anything less than this would add to the list of unsolved murders of journalists performing their constitutional duties.

“The news of the killing of Mr. Tordue Henry Salem came to me as a rude shock, especially as he arrived just 48 hours after the Senate and House of Representatives passed separate resolutions instructing security agencies to step up efforts to find him and reunite him with his family. .

“I am particularly concerned that this is happening in the heart of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Reports of kidnappings and other security breaches abound in the nation’s capital.

While we await further information from the police about who deposited Tordue’s body in the morgue and when it was deposited, the grim development has added to the list of unsolved killings of journalists such as Dele Giwa, founding editor-in-chief of Newswatch magazine; Godwin Agbroko of ThisDay; Bagauda Kaltho of (The News); Bayo Ohu (The Guardian); Edo Sule Ugbagwu (The Nation) and Abayomi Ogundeji (ThisDay), all of whom were murdered in the course of fulfilling their constitutional duties.

“I express my condolences to the family, friends and collaborators of the deceased, the government and people of the State of Benue, the Vanguard family, the press body of the House of Representatives, the Union of Journalists of Nigeria (NUJ) and I pray God to give them the fortitude to endure this irreparable loss, ”said Omo-Agege.

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