Missing Vanguard Correspondent Must Not Die, FPS Warns FG - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, October 18, 2021

Missing Vanguard Correspondent Must Not Die, FPS Warns FG

| The Daily Crucible | Published Monday, October 18, 2021

By Jane Okafor. Abuja

The Fourth Estate Professional Society (FPS) has raised fresh alarm concerning the life of Tordue Salem, a missing Journalist, whose sudden dissapearance in Abuja few days ago caused a stir in the Journalism community.

The body has therefore warned the Federal Government that the missing Journalist must not die, charging the police and other security agencies to intensify efforts at unraveling his sudden disappearance in the line of duty.

The whereabouts of Salem, a Vanguard Correspondent attached to the National Assembly, became an issue three days ago when he was announced missing by his family and colleagues on the beat.

Worried by the development, FPS in a statement signed by Kehinde Osasona and Emmanuel Ekwe, the Abuja Chapter Chairman and Secretary respectively, reiterated the need for police and other security agencies to swing into action in search of the Journalist before the unthinkable happens.

Journalists in Nigeria and   globally by extension, according to the FPS, have remained an endanger specie and government should do everything humanly possible to protect them.
                         •Tordue Salem

The statement reads in part: " Here we are again. In broad day light, a Journalist got missing in the country's capital and nothing has been heard of him, worst still no one has claimed responsibility yet.

"Our fear is against the backdrop of growing cases of missing people who never returned to the warm embrace of their families and the distress the family and relatives are going through at present.

" Again, the missing Journalist in question is covering a very sensitive beat like politics and politicians who never liked 'gutsy' Journalists," 

The FPS has therefore given the security agencies 48 hours to bring back Tordue alive so that he can reunite with his family.

The body has equally charged the duo of  Mr. Chris Isiguzo, President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Dr. Babatunde Salami,  President Fourth Estate Professional Society (FPS) to work together and put the authorities concerned on their toes so as to ensure a safe return of the colleague in question.

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