The headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja was stormed by members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Monday, October 25 following the disappearance of Tordue Henry Salem, a reporter from Vanguard.
According to reports, the journalist from Benue State affiliated to the House of Representatives had visited a garden near the police headquarters in Garki area of the FCT on October 13 around 8pm. To date, he hasn’t been found.
The concerns were drawn to the strange disappearance of the journalist in front of the police headquarters by the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, FCT chapter, Emmanuel Ogbeche.
“It is ridiculous that he went missing in front of the force headquarters and he has not been found or whether it was a case of abduction or not. We remain persuaded that this is not a case of kidnapping. Security agencies have a lot of answers to provide in this regard.” Ogbeche said.
Members of the NUJ, led by the chairman, stormed the Louis Edet House in protest twelve days after Salem vanished.
“For all of us journalists in Abuja, we have been on edge these past few days over the mysterious disappearance of our colleague and friend, Mr Tordue Salem,’ a statement signed by the union’s chairman, Ogbeche, and Secretary Ochiaka Ugwu said.
“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.” he added.
Facing the protesting media, Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba expressed his condolences to Salem’s family and informed them that efforts to locate him are underway, noting that the situation has piqued the interest of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba Alkali.
He commended the NUJ for their efforts at locating their missing colleagues, saying all hands are on deck to rescue Salem safe and unhurt.