The police on Friday paraded a man Itoro Clement at the IRT premises in Abuja for allegedly knocking down Vanguard reporter Tordue Salem and leaving him for dead.
Mr Salem’s body was only discovered on Thursday after he went missing on October 13.
Force spokesman Frank Mba said Mr Itoro ran Salem over at the Mabushi area of Abuja on October 13 and sped off.
Mr Mba said after Itoro hit the reporter, “the victim’s phone, an iPhone, fell on the car’s windscreen.”
Mba said the police operatives were able to use the phone to track the suspect to Good Friends Garden where he parks his car.
Explaining why he did not stop after knocking down the reporter, Itoro said the area is known for criminal activities.
He said: “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.”