Suswam tasks security agencies to intensify efforts on missing journalist, Salem Tordue


Former Governor of Benue State, Dr Gabriel Suswam, has called on various security agencies, to intensity efforts to discover the whereabouts and subsequently reunite a missing Journalist to his family.

Mr Salem Tordue, a native of Benue State and House of Representatives correspondent of Vanguard newspaper, went missing on the 13th of October, 2021 around 8:05 pm, when his colleagues dropped him off in Area 11, Garki, Abuja.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and many analysts, have tackled the security operatives for not doing much to rescue Mr Tordue.

In a statement signed by his Personal Assistant, Michael Zendesha on Friday, Senator Suswam, who currently represents Benue North East at the National Assembly, expressed worries that the Benue born Journalist has not been found, after 22 days of waiting on the security.

“It is worrisome and of a great concern that, Mr Salem Tordue is still missing and no one could get a clue of his whereabouts, after 22 days.

“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.

“There should be synergy amongst the various formations. Let them continue with intelligence gathering and also factorise all possible indices, to ensure that the young man is found and reunited with his family.

“I can only imagine what the family, colleagues and friends may be going through right now. They believe so much in the security of this nation and I’m sure the security is capable of finding him. There is nothing impossible with God”, Suswam said.

The lawmaker said he has been checking up updates to hear the good news that Mr Tordue has been released, only to wait till a whole 22 days without any news.

He vowed to liaise with other Senators from Benue and the leadership of the Senate, to ensure a motion of urgent public importance is brought to the floor, as the plenary resumes next week.