Dr Gabriel Suswam, the former governor of Benue State, has instructed various security agencies to increase the efforts of finding Salem Tordue, the missing journalist.
Salem Tordue is a native of Benue State and House of Representatives correspondent for Vanguard newspaper. He went missing on October 13th, 2021, around 8:05 pm, after being dropped off by his colleagues in Area 11, Abuja.
“It is worrisome and of great concern that Mr Salem Tordue is still missing and no one could get a clue of his whereabouts, after 22 days,” said Suswam in a statement signed by his assistant, Michael Zendesha on Friday.
“This does not portray us as a nation that is security conscious, proactive and responsive. I’m not saying the security agencies are not doing enough, but I also want them to intensify efforts. Let them do more,” he added.
Previously, The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Civil Society Organizations, and many analysts considered the country’s security operatives not doing much to rescue Torque.
Most believe his disappearance could be abduction for ransom. However, there hasn’t been any form of communication by his abductors. A concerned source assumed it might be a setup, per their conversation with Daily Post on Thursday.
Suswam, currently representing Benue North East at the National Assembly, promised to work together with other Senators from Benue and the leadership of the Senate.
He also hopes for synergy between various formations to continue gathering information and factorising all possibilities to ensure Tordue reunites with his family soon.