Clement Itoro, a 29-year-old suspect, was arrested by police for allegedly being responsible for the killing of Tordue Salem, a Vanguard Journalist.
Itoro, a commercial driver, who was paraded by the force spokesman, Frank Mba, at the headquarters of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Abuja on Friday, explained that he knocked down the deceased in the FCT’s Mabushi area.
According to the Daily Trust Saturday, Salem, a Benue State native who covers the House of Representatives for publications, was last seen on October 13, 2021, a circumstance that aroused national indignation.
Salem’s body was discovered twenty-nine days after he went missing, on November 11th.
Mba informed reporters that Clement was apprehended following an investigation conducted by the Force Intelligence Bureau.
He said Clement, who was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry with the license plate BWR 243 BK, admitted to hitting Salem around 10:00 p.m. on the night of October 13, 2021, in the Mabushi area of Abuja, but fled.
During the parade, the suspect, Itoro, admitted to running over an unidentified pedestrian at around 10:00 p.m. on the same day Tordue Salem went missing.
He, on the other hand, claimed that he did not stop to help his victim because he was frightened of being attacked by armed robbers in the Mabushi region, where the accident occurred.
“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. The place I knocked this person down, is a criminal place everybody knows that place,” he said.
Itoro further explained that after driving for some miles, he came across a Police Checkpoint and reported to the officers on duty that he had hit down someone.
He said the police officers told him to go to the Wuse Police Station to report himself, but he refused and went straight to Good Friends Garden where he normally parked his car, before proceeding home to his bed.
He said, “When Clement hit Tordue, the victim’s phone, an iPhone fell on the car’s windscreen. The suspect, however, disposed off the phone at Good Friends Garden where he usually parked his car, but the phone was picked by some boys working in the garden and some parts of the phone were sold by the boys.”