The Nigeria Police have said that the body of the missing Vanguard Newspaper reporter, Tordue Salem was found at the Wuse General Hospital Mortuary in Abuja.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, announced this at a news conference briefing in Abuja on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Vanguard journalist was reported missing on Oct. 13.
Mba aid the body of the reporter was found after weeks of intensive investigations by operatives of the Nigeria Police.
He said that the body was deposited at the mortuary after being knocked down by a “hit-and-run” commercial driver of a Toyota Camry, 2013 model, with registration number BWR 243BK.
On interrogation, Mba said that the driver said that he had a hit-and-run incident somewhere around Mabushi-Wuse interchange Oct. 13, the night the Vanguard journalist was reportedly missing.
He said the driver had confessed that, after knocking down the unknown pedestrian at about 10 p.m, he continued his journey and ended up his activities for the day.
“The driver drove his car to Good Friends Garage at Mpape area of Abuja where he normally packs his vehicle daily for a fee.
“At this time, his vehicles had been badly damaged, especially, the windscreen.
“He parked the car at the garage and when he arrived in the place the next morning, he found a broken phone, stuck in between the smashed windscreen.
“The driver pulled out the smashed phone and threw it away to where some young persons playing in the garage picked it up,” he said.
Mba said that the children had made efforts to make voice call with the SIM card taken from the smashed phone.
“On the strength of this, detectives, on Nov. 11, moved to the General Hospital Wuse
“A body believed to be that of Salem was found at about 11.20 a.m at Wuse General Hospital mortuary.
“Detectives have contacted the family members and the body had been identified by the family members as that of Salem.
“In addition to the physical identification, detectives also searched the body of the late journalist.
“Items recovered are Keystone Bank debit card bearing his name, a Union Bank debit card bearing his name, an I.D card issued by Vanguard Newspapers identifying him and another I.D card identifying him as a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists,” he said.(NAN)