We haven’t been able to identify Vanguard reporter’s corpse – Family | Dailytrust

We haven’t been able to identify Vanguard reporter’s corpse – Family

Tordue Salem
Tordue Salem

Family members of the slain Vanguard reporter, Tordue Salem, has raised the alarm that they have not been able to identify the body of the reporter.

Tordue Salem, who covered the House of Representatives for Vanguard Newspapers, got missing on October 13 in Abuja.

The police, on Thursday, said the reporter was killed by a hit-and-run driver along the Mabushi road in Abuja and his body was discovered at Wuse General Hospital almost a month after the journalist was declared missing.

But Tordue’s inlaw, Dr Jeffrey Kuraun, who spoke when members of the House of Representatives Press Corps paid the family a visit in Abuja, urged the police to ensure a thorough investigation into the incident and ensure justice is done.

He said though he had been to the morgue to see the body, he could not confirm 100 per cent that the body was that of Tordue’s.

According to him, the family can only make such confirmation when the body must have been released to them for a thorough examination to truly ascertain if the body is that of Tordue.

He urged the police to continue with its investigation and make public their further findings on the matter.

Dr Kuraun commended members of the House of Representatives for their show of love and standing by the family during their trying times.

Also speaking, an elder sister of the slain Vanguard reporter, Mrs Elizabeth Kuraun, expressed worries over the “conflicting accounts” by the police on the death of her brother.

Mrs Kuraun said the family is still traumatised and worried over the entire incident.

She appealed that a thorough investigation must be carried out to unearth the mystery surrounding his death, adding that justice must be done to the case of her brother.

“I don’t believe what the police are saying.

“For the police spokesman to say we have identified the body even at a time when we have not seen the body, it’s sad.

“We have not been able to identify him. Whoever killed my brother should be brought to justice”, she said.

Earlier, chairperson of the House of Representatives Press Corps, Grace Ike, said members of the corps were there to sympathise with the family over the unfortunate incident.

She prayed to God to comfort the family and also urged the security agencies handling the matter to ensure justice is served.

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