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The Nigeria Police Force has paraded one Itoro Clement, said to be a commercial driver and suspected to be responsible for the death of a Vanguard reporter, Tordue Salem.

While addressing newsmen in Abuja on Friday with the suspect being paraded at the force headquarters, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Police, Frank Mba, said Clement was arrested following an investigation carried out by the Force Intelligence Bureau. The police spokesperson said Clement who was driving a 2004 Model Camry with number plate BWR 243 BK confessed to having hit Tordue at about 10:00 pm on the night of 13th October 2021, around Mabushi area in Abuja but ran away. According to Mba, the police swung into action shortly after Tordue was declared missing and a major breakthrough was made after Tordue’s phone was found at a motorpark in Abuja.

The suspect Clement, while talking to the media said he was on his way when he knocked the deceased down. He mentioned that he did not stop to check his victim for fear he might be attacked as the area was notorious for criminal activities.

“I thought it was an armed robber that I knocked down until the following day when I saw a smashed phone on my windscreen. The phone was not working again so I threw it away.”he said

Explaining why he did not wait after the accident; Clement claimed that the area where the incident occurred is notorious for criminal activities.

“The place I knocked this person down, is a criminal place everybody knows that place,” he said.

He said after the accident, he met some police officers at a checkpoint and told them what happened. He said the police officers advised him to report the matter at the Wuse police station but he never did.

Tordue Salem’s body was found on Thursday, November 11, over a month after he was declared missing. Salem covers the House of Representatives and was last seen on October 13, 2021

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