An Abuja-based journalist, Mr. Tordue Salem, a reporter with Vanguard Newspaper has been declared missing.


The journalist who was last seen on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, could not be reached on his mobile phone.

Salem was the National Assembly (House of Representatives) correspondent for the newspaper.


His mysterious disappearance has caused fears and anxiety for his family and friends.


The Commissioner of Police for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Babaji Sunday, while reacting to the development said operatives of the Command were working round the clock find Tordue.


CP Babaji acknowledged that the matter was reported at the National Assembly Police Station and when he was briefed, he immediately ordered a radio alert to all police divisions and area commands to commence the search for the journalist.


“We are seriously on the matter. However, we have not received any information about any kidnap or demand for ransom.


“My men have not received any information about any corpse either on the road or abandoned corpse from the mortuary. But we are seriously searching,” he said.


The CP said he was further made to understand that the journalist left his car at the National Assembly Complex on the day he went missing, hence there is a possibility he may have gone out with some other persons.


He, however, assured that the police will do everything they can to find him. 


Also, a senior officer at the office of the Inspector General of Police, said efforts were being made to locate Tordue.


Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, has called on security agencies to be decisive and unravel the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the journalist.


A statement signed by Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, Chairman and Secretary, respectively read, "For all us as journalists in Abuja, we have been on edge these past few days over the mysterious disappearance of our colleague and friend, Mr. Tordue Salem.


"It is worrying that an adult will simply vanish into thin air without a trace. This is unacceptable and we urge the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to rise up to the occasion and provide answers to this troubling situation,"


"The NUJ officials called fellow journalists to remain hopeful, prayerful and offer any leads that could prove useful in resolving the impasse."

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