The missing Vanguard journalist, Mr. Tordue Salem, was found dead in Abuja.
It was even then that police reportedly arrested a man posing as a kidnapper in an attempt to extort money from the family of the deceased journalist.
Details of the recovery of his remains were not released Thursday evening.
The late Benue-born journalist covered the lower legislative chamber of the National Assembly until his last visit on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
After closing his doors, he allegedly left in a public taxi for BJ’s garden with a relative near the Total gas station, across from Force headquarters.
From the garden, he reportedly signaled a taxi for the lady who had left before him, informing her that he was heading to Area 8, Garki. But he was never seen until his remains were found on Thursday.
According to Vanguard, the Police Intelligence Response Team, the IRT sprang into action on Oct. 16 after the case was brought to its attention regarding the mysterious disappearance of the late Twisted.
It has been reported that a suspect, who has been identified as Prince Enyenihi, 25, has been arrested in an attempt to extort the family and others who were not immediately named.
The suspect identified as Prince Enyenihi, 25, contacted Ms Salem on October 26, 2021, via text message with a hidden number, demanding a ransom of N100 million, to be paid as a ransom for her husband’s release. Part of the text message read, “If you don’t pay, Twisted will be killed in seven days.” For more information call this number. The text message also contained an account number into which the money was to be paid.
This was followed by a call with a number hidden from Salem’s wife the next day. Ms Salem asked to speak with her husband, to make sure he was alive before negotiations began. But the caller gave the phone to someone who tried to play the game.
When she noticed that the voice did not sound like her husband’s, she asked the stranger to mention their daughter’s name and date of birth, a question which met with dead silence on the other. end of the line.
That same evening, another call with a masked number was received by Ms Salem, asking if her husband had been released. The confused woman reportedly asked why the caller hid his number.
On October 27, another text message arrived on a bulk texting platform, ordering the family to pay the 100 million naira ransom by the next day or else they would kill Salem.
Police first responded by deciphering the number that called and tracking its owner to a lady in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
However, during questioning, the owner of Joy Skin Care denied any guilt, instead claiming that a particular number had been calling her line since October 26, 2021.
During checks, security guards discovered that the number was the same one used to contact Ms Salem, whose Prince Enyenihi was finally arrested on November 5, 2021.
A preliminary investigation by security officials indicated that Prince Enyenihi was the beautician’s next door neighbor.
During questioning, he revealed that he obtained information about the Vanguard journalist’s disappearance from a flyer that went viral on social media, which listed Ms Salem’s number as the contact person in case of discovery.
The suspect further said he sent the text messages without his neighbor’s knowledge, adding that he obtained his neighbor’s phone number and account details from his Facebook page.
He said, “I knew the family wouldn’t pay the money. I used the account details of the owner of Joy beauty skin care to punish her for still talking to me anyway.
The police could not be reached immediately.