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BREAKING: Nigerian Journalists Protest At Police Force Headquarters Over Missing Colleague



Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Federal Capital Territory Council on Monday staged a peaceable protest in entrance of police drive headquarters to prevail on the Inspector Common of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali to make sure the secure return of the Vanguard journalist, Tordue Salem, who has been lacking since Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

The journalists, clad in black apparel, held placards saying: ‘FreeTordeNow,’ ‘Journalism Is Not a Crime,’ ‘Free The Press,’ ‘Cease Attacking Journalists,’ amongst others. 

The Chairman of the Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche who submitted a proper petition on behalf of the union referred to as on the Inspector Common of Police to step up intelligence and investigation into Salem’s disappearance and discover out what occurred.

He expressed disappointment on the manner the police have been dealing with the matter, including that there’s a want for the police to present data on the whereabouts of the lacking colleague because it was formally reported on the Nationwide Meeting police station.

He condemned the cruel situation beneath which journalists work, saying their security can now not be assured regardless of their constitutional position and duty to uphold the basic goals of the structure.

The protesters had been acquired by the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank MBA, who informed the indignant journalists that the investigation was in progress. 

He mentioned the police couldn’t disclose their findings but in order to not jeopardise their investigation.

He narrated the steps taken to this point by the police on the matter and guaranteed the protesters that the lacking journalist can be discovered. 

MBA mentioned, “We’re as involved as journalists and family members. We now have commenced an investigation and we’ve got carried out all the things humanly and technologically potential to make sure he’s discovered. We now have interrogated at the least six individuals and we’ve got traced the locations he visited after he left Nationwide Meeting. 

“We now have spoken with the final particular person he had an encounter with. We’re imploring family members, public and journalists that that is an lively investigation. We now have a selection to not communicate as to not jeopardise our investigation. This has defined our silence over time.”

Salem, who’s a reporter with Vanguard Newspapers was the Nationwide Meeting

(Home of Representatives) correspondent for the paper. 

He was final seen on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and his whereabouts have been unknown since then.

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