The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Monday assured the Nigeria Union of Journalists of the Force’s readiness to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of Tordue Henry Salem, a reporter with the Vanguard Newspapers.
The I-G gave the assurance when members of NUJ, FCT Council carried out a peaceful march to his office in Abuja.
The journalists were there to express displeasure with the silence of the police on the matter.
Baba, represented by Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, disclosed that Salem’s case was with them, explaining that it was officially reported to the National Assembly Police Station on October 15. He said from their investigation, Salem slept in the house of his sister somewhere around Life Camp on October 12, woke up on October 13, took a Bolt Taxi to the National Assembly, where he worked for Vanguard.
He added: “After close of work, he was last seen at the National Assembly between 4pm and 5pm on October 13 and thereafter his colleagues never saw him again.
“On October 15, the matter was formally reported at the National Assembly’s Police Station.
“The attention of the FCT Commissioner of Police and IG were drawn to the case.
“The IGP gave a firm instruction that all materials and human resources should be deployed at locating and understanding the rationale behind Salem’s disappearance.
“As I speak to you, we have made significant progress in investigation.
“However, I am glad that the Chairman of NUJ, FCT Council understood the significance of confidential briefing and because of that request, I would rather do more of confidential briefing.
“But we were able to trace when he left the National Assembly.
“We were able to interact with a young lady who spent time with him that night.
“We have the recordings of the last call he made.
“Also, we were able to speak with six different persons he spoke to that night.
“So, there are a lot of efforts behind the scene taking place.
“The Police intentionally kept quiet on the case.…