Henry Tordue Salem, a Vanguard reporter who went missing on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 was found dead on November 11, 2021 after a 29-year-old driver confessed to killing him around the Mabushi area of Abuja.
The Force Public Relations Officer, (FPPRO) CP Frank Mba in a statement today, Friday, November 12,2021 said Salem’s body was identified at a Wuse General Hospital morgue after forensic leads were recovered from his sim card found at the ‘Good Friends garage’ at Mpape.
“Salem’s movement was trailed up to BJ Gardens located somewhere in Garki close to old CBN. A young lady that had an interaction with him on the night of disappearance was located, and detectives spoke to her. From that point, investigators expanded their investigation by working on different suppositions and hypotheses.
“A breakthrough was, however, made when following some digital and forensic leads. Salem’s phone, an iPhone 6 that had already been smashed into pieces was trailed and found in a garage somewhere in Mpape called the ‘Good Friends’ garage.” Mba narrated.
According to the statement, it was discovered that a text call was made from his SIM card and following detailed and intensive digital and forensic analysis on both his CDR and IMEI and the scrap phone, a major arrest and breakthrough was made.
One Itoro Clement, who is a commercial driver in charge of a Toyota Camry 2014 model with registration number, BWR 243 DK was subsequently arrested.
“On interrogation, Itoro Clement confessed that, after hitting Salem, he drove his vehicle to ‘Good Friends’ garage where he normally parks his vehicle every night for a fee. At that point in time, his vehicle was already badly damaged. The windshield suffered major damage. The image of the damage was retrieved from his phone. He parked his car and left it there and went away. The next morning when he arrived at the garage, he found a phone broken and stuck in between the smashed windshield.
“The phone itself has already been smashed. He pulled it out and threw it away. But some other young persons, playing in that garage, eventually picked up that phone. Part of the components of this phone was allegedly sold off by the kids while they tried to make a text call with the SIM card.
“On the strength of this, detectives moved to the General Hospital that covers that area. Yesterday, the 11th of November, 2021, after a lot of painstaking searches, a body believed to be that of Henry Tordue Salem was found at about 11:20 am at the Wuse General Hospital morgue,” The statement narrated further.
Detectives,according to FPPRO Mba have already contacted the family members and Salem’s body has been positively identified by family members as that of Henry Tordue Salem.
In addition to that physical and positive identification, detectives also searched the body of the late journalist and these items a Keystone bank debit card bearing his name, Union Bank debit card bearing his name, ID card issued by Vanguard Newspapers identifying him as Henry Tordue Salem and a staff and a temporary ID card from the National Assembly identifying him as a member of the House of Reps, Press Corps were recovered.