The Inspector-Common of Police (IG), Usman Alkali, has assured the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and most of the people that the police are making progress in its efforts to unravel the sudden disappearance of a Vanguard Newspaper reporter, Tordue Henry Salem.
He gave the peace of mind whereas addressing members of the NUJ, FCT Council, who carried out a peaceable march to his workplace on Monday in Abuja registering their grievance over the silence of the police on the matter, the Information Company of Nigeria studies.
Alkali, who was represented by Frank Mba, the Drive Public Relations Officer, disclosed that Salem’s case was already with the police.
He famous that the case was formally reported to the Nationwide Meeting Police Station on October 15.
He stated investigations carried out by the police revealed that Salem slept at his sister’s home someplace round Life Camp on October 12, and by the next morning, the lacking journalist took a Bolt Taxi to Nationwide Meeting, the place he labored for Vanguard.
“After the shut of labor, he was final seen on the Nationwide Meeting between 4pm and 5pm on October 13, and thereafter his colleagues by no means noticed him once more.
“On October 15, the matter was formally reported on the Nationwide Meeting’s Police Station. The eye of the FCT Commissioner of Police and IG had been drawn to the case. The IGP gave a agency instruction that every one supplies and human assets ought to be deployed at finding and understanding the rationale behind Salem’s disappearance.
“As I converse to you, now we have made vital course of within the investigation.
“Nevertheless, I’m glad that the Chairman of NUJ, FCT Council, understood the importance of confidential briefing and due to that request, I might somewhat do extra of confidential briefing.
“However, we had been capable of hint when he left the Nationwide Meeting. We had been capable of work together with a younger girl who frolicked with him that night time.
“We now have the recordings of the final name he made. Additionally, we had been capable of converse with six completely different individuals he spoke to that night time. So, there are lots of efforts behind the scene going down. The police deliberately saved quiet on the case.
“We name it ‘Technical Silence’, as a result of, we wish to get to a snug altitude earlier than we discuss to the general public,” Alkali stated.
He, nevertheless stated, the police had saved quiet as a result of the suspects or whoever had a hand within the problem had been nonetheless on the market, including that the police wouldn’t wish to present an excessive amount of for the suspects to know the way a lot or how far the police had gone.
“So, I simply wish to give a robust assurance that all the things, humanly and operationally doable, can be completed to resolve this case. We see the media as an integral a part of what we do. We respect Journalists’ collaboration and help.”
In the meantime, the Chairman of NUJ, FCT Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche, submitted a petition to Alkali signed by himself and the Secretary of Council, Ochiaka Ugwu.
The petition is titled “Demand to expedite motion for the finding of Mr Tordue Henry Salem, Journalist and Correspondent with the Vanguard Newspaper Who Has Been Lacking for 12 Days”.
Ogbeche stated the FCT Council was optimistic that with sufficient funding, up-to-date deployment of know-how, well-motivated personnel and correct synergy, the Nigeria Police Drive can be positioned to rise to the duty of securing our nation alongside different safety businesses.
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