Salem: Hit-and-run driver confesses to complicity in death of Vanguard reporter

Salem: Hit-and-run driver confesses to complicity in death of Vanguard reporter

Itoro Clement, a driver has confessed to being responsible for the death of Tordue Salem, in a hit-and-run accident, days after the Vanguard journalist was declared missing before his remains were discovered in Abuja.

The missing journalist was found dead in Abuja on Thursday evening.

In the course of the investigation, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba paraded Clement at premises of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) on Friday, November 12, in Abuja.

Mba disclosed that he was arrested; following an investigation into the death of Salem carried out by the Force Intelligence Bureau.

The PPRO said Clement was driving a 2004 model Toyota Camry with number plate BWR 243 BK at about 10:00 pm on the night of 13th October 2021, when he hit Salem around the Mabushi area and ran away.

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During interrogation, the suspect said, “I thought he 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.”

Asked why he ran away after the accident scene, Clement claimed that the area where the incident happened is notorious for criminal activities.

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

Meanwhile, the former governor of Edo State, Mr Lucky Igbinedion, was grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) over what a source described as alleged criminal diversion of public funds to the tune of N1.6bn.

The former governor, who arrived at the headquarters of the EFCC, at Jabi, Abuja, around 2pm, on Thursday, November 11.

Shortly after his exit as governor in 2007; Igbinedion was prosecuted by the EFCC and convicted of corruption.

But the new investigation, according to the source who was not authorised to speak on the matter; was based on fresh evidence against him.

The source said that the former governor diverted a loan obtained by the Edo State Government; to finance an investment during his tenure; to settle the financial indebtedness of a company in which he had an interest.

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