The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Monday stormed the Louis Edet House, the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, to demand the whereabouts of their colleague, Tordue Salem, who is missing.
Salem, a journalist covering the National Assembly for the Vanguard, was last seen by his colleagues on 13 October.
The protesting journalists carried various banners and placards with inscriptions such as ‘Free Tordue now’, ‘Enough already’, ‘Enough of violence against journalists’, ‘Free the press’, ‘The lives of journalists matter’ among others, sang “We want Tordue back alive’.
Addressing the police authorities, Emmanuel Ogbeche, NUJ President (FCT Chapter), said the journalists demanded that Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, should come out and explain to them on what the Force was doing about the disappearance of Salem.
He said the police chief must utilise the necessary gadgets in place to find Salem alive and be able to reunite with his family.
“Keep the faith,” he urged journalists, “be respectful of the law, as this is not the time to fight or be violent.”
Responding, Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, urged the journalists to remain calm, assuring them that the police is looking into the situation and investigating the matter.
Salem slept in his sister’s house on October 12, went to the National Assembly on October 13, and was last seen by colleagues between 4:00 p.m. And 5:00 p.m of that fateful day.
His disappearance was reported to the Police on October 15, and the IGP instructed that no human or material resources be spared in the investigation of the case.
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