By Esther Akaa
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urged the Nigerian Police and other law enforcement agencies to go beyond just discovering the corpse of Vanguard reporter, Tordue Salem, by ensuring that his killers are fished out, in order to answer all lingering questions on how he died.
Late Salem who was covering the House of Representatives, was last seen on October 13, 2021 and was found dead on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
The National President of NUJ, Chief Chris Isiguzo who gave the charge in a statement issued on Friday noted with regret and sadness, the brutal murder of the Vanguard reporter, while calling in security agencies to unravel the mystery behind his death.
“It is a loss that is so painful to bear. While we commend the Nigeria Police for discovering the body of the Late Tordue, whose death in such a manner clearly highlights and further exposes the dangers journalists encounter in carrying their work, we however, urge the law enforcement agencies to go beyond just discovering the corpse by ensuring that all hanging questions are answered.
“In specific terms, while details of the circumstances surrounding the recovery of the remains of the late journalist are still sketchy, we reiterate our call to the Police to move fast and fish out the culprits behind this dastardly act with a view to bringing them to book.
“When journalists work in fear, the freedom of expression and freedom of the press suffer and democracy will be worse off,” he said.
He therefore, called on the government to make deliberate efforts in ensuring the safety and security of media professionals in the country.
The NUJ president condoled with the family of the Late Salem and prayed God to console them and members of the journalism profession over the irreparable loss.
In a related development, a frontline 2023 governorship aspirant in Benue State, Mr Terver Akase has strongly condemned the brutal killing of Mr Salem in Abuja.
A statement by the Director of Media,
Terver Akase Campaign Organisation, Mr Nathaniel Nongu, said the guber aspirant on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, described the murder of the journalist as barbaric, painful and unfortunate.
Mr Akase who said the late Vanguard reporter was a true professional who contributed significantly to nation building, through his reports and analyses of public issues, called on law enforcement agents to unravel the circumstances surrounding his murder, with a view to fishing out the killers to face the full wrath of the law.
He emphasised that the perpetrators of the dastardly act will find no peace as the gentle spirit of Mr Salem and all fallen heroes will continue to haunt them.
The governorship aspirant stressed that a nation where journalists become targets for elimination was capable of discouraging other patriotic professionals from serving their country.
Mr Akase, who is the immediate past Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, condoled with the immediate family of the slain journalist, Vanguard Newspaper, as well as the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), and prayed God to grant them solace and strength to bear the loss.
He also prayed God to grant Mr Salem eternal rest.