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Gbajabiamila mourns Vanguard reporter, Reps minority caucus demands probe

Posted by on November 13, 2021 0


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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed sadness over the death of a reporter of the Vanguard Newspaper covering the House, Mr Tordue Salem.

This is just as the minority caucus in the House demanded further investigation into the circumstances surrounding Salem’s death.

Gbajabiamila, in a statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said it was more painful that Salem, whom he described as a vibrant and committed journalist, went missing for almost a month before his corpse was discovered at a morgue in Abuja.

Gbajabiamila, according to the statement titled ‘Gbajabiamila mourns Vanguard reporter, Tordue Salem,’ recalled how the reporter distinguished himself as “one of the finest journalists” that covered the activities of the House for many years.

The Speaker sent his condolences to the Salem family, Vanguard Newspaper, Nigeria Union of Journalists and the House of Representatives’ Press Corps.

While praying for the repose of the soul of the late journalist, Gbajabiamila prayed to God to grant his family and colleagues the fortitude to bear the loss, adding that Salem would be sorely missed.

The minority caucus said Salem’s death was another evidence of the growing insecurity in Nigeria.

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The Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, in a separate statement titled, ‘Reps Minority Caucus mourns Salem, Vanguard correspondent…Tasks police on further investigation,’ said the caucus received with “shock and utter devastation,” the news of the death of the correspondent.

The caucus said the news of the discovery of the remains of Salem on Thursday, a month after he went missing, “is horrifying and yet another sad commentary on worsening insecurity in our country.”

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The statement partly read, “It is indeed saddening that our nation will, in this manner, lose such a young, energetic, highly resourceful and experienced journalist like Mr Salem, who used his investigative journalism skill towards entrenching democracy and good governance in our country. His death is a heavy blow to the media and journalism practice in Nigeria.”

The opposition lawmakers urged the police to “leave no stone unturned in addressing all conflicting issues related to the disappearance and death of the journalist.”

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