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Ndifon: UNICAL Professor Pressurized Me To Trade My Virginity In Exchange For Admission–Witness

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TKJ (not real name), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC)’s star witness, on Tuesday, stated that Prof. Cyril Ndifon, the suspended Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Calabar (UNICAL), pressurised her to trade her virginity in exchange for an admission into the institution.

TKJ, who is the ICPC’s 2nd prosecution witness (PW2), told Justice James Omotosho of a Federal High Court, Abuja while being led in evidence by the commission’s lawyer, Osuobeni Akponimisingha.

She narrated that she came in contact with Ndifon during her Diploma 1 Programme through some senior students who were posting condolence messages to the lecturer over the death of his mother.

“So, being a student of the Faculty of Law, I decided to send my condolence messages to him.

“After that, he thanked me and asked what level I was and I told him I was in Diploma 1.

“After some days, I made a post on my WhatsApp status and he asked, ‘Is this you?’ and I replied yes sir.

“He asked where I was and I told him I wasn’t in Calabar. He told me that whenever I returned, I should try and see him and I said ok,” she said.

The PW2 said on returning to school, Ndifon called her to inquire if she was back and she answered in affirmative.

“He asked me to see him in his office. After my lectures that day, I went to his office.

“When I got there, he had many visitors waiting for him. He asked that I wait for him.

“After some hours, he dismissed his visitors and asked me to lock the door.

“I did as he instructed. He stood up from his seat and asked me to hug him.

“I moved back and he asked if I was scared. I nodded my head.

” He said I should not be scared and that I should see him as a father.

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He requested for the hug again. I gave him a side hug.

“He asked me if this was how I hug my boyfriend, I told him I don’t have a boyfriend. He asked if It was a man friend I have, and I told him I had none.

“He held my waist and told me I don’t have to bother about admission and that he brought Diploma of Law into the faculty.

“He said he made about 50 students transited to the LLB programme” she said.

The witness told the court that the embattled professor again held her waist and she tried to free herself from him.

“He told me to stop doing that and asked why was I doing like a baby.

“He asked if I was a virgin, and I said yes. He said am I sure? He said that it was very good.

“He asked, ‘Can you give it (my virginity) to me? I shouted Jesus! He said I should give it to him and he told me he would give me admission.

“I told him I would think about it,” she said.

According to the witness, he (Ndifon) touched my chest which is my breast area.

“He said he never knew I was this big.

“While all these were going on, people would come and knock and go.

“I asked him why does he not want to open the door, he asked me to forget it.

“When I asked him why he was the one that gave up to 50 persons admission, he told me he was the owner of the diploma course and that I should not bother myself that I will get the admission,” she added.

TKJ, who told the court that the don also asked her to visit him on a public holiday, begged her to give him “a blow job” after confirming he was on her menstrual cycle.

She said: “On a public holiday, he asked me to come to his office,

“He pulled his trousers. I told him to stop and that I was on my period (menstruation). He asked won’t I give him my virginity again?

“I said I was on my period. He put his hand inside my pad. He asked when my period would finish and asked me to sit down.

“He brought out his manhood and asked that I give him a blow job. I told him I can’t. He said I shouldn’t embarrass him.

“He put his manhood back inside his trousers and told me to leave his office.

“When I was about leaving, I begged him that I was sorry.

“That day, I was not on my period; I just had to wear the pad because of the advances he had been making at me.

“I went back to WhatsApp to apologise and told him I was sorry. He was my only hope for the admission, something I had looked for for years.”

TKJ said after the incident, the suspended dean began pressurising her for nude videos.

“He asked I make a nude video and send it to him. Before I could say anything, he ended the call.

“Later, he called again and demanded the video. I told him that I was still a virgin and he ended the call.

“I sent him a message on WhatsApp that I’m still very tight.

“He told me he would give me admission that I should not worry I should send the video. After so many calls, I had to send the video to him,” she said.

The witness said despite the sexual harassment protests on campus, the suspended dean requested more nude photographs from her.

“He kept requesting for more. I stopped replying him for some time. He called me and asked I send another from my chin downwards.

“The pressure from him was much. I agreed. I sent a view once he said it was deleted. This particular one from Chin was after the sexual harassment protest in UNICAL.”

TKJ also told the court that while the University panel probe was ongoing, he came to the front of her hostel in a tinted glass car.

She said she joined him in the car and was having a discussion when Ndifon tried to put his hand inside her trousers.

The PW2 said that after stopping him from doing that, he brought out his manhood and forcefully put it in her mouth.

Her words: “He tried to put his hand inside my trousers, and I removed it.

“He said what is it again. He brought out his manhood inside the car. He said I should suck and make him happy inside the car.

“I told him again I was in my period, and he said is it every day I was seeing my period?

“He bent my head to suck in front of my hostel. I begged him I wasn’t feeling fine but he didn’t listen.

“I told him I was fasting but he refused. He pushed my neck to suck it. I begged and begged but he forced it till he entered my mouth.

“He told me sorry that I should clear my tears before leaving his car.“

She said Ndifon later transferred N3000 into her account to treat herself after requesting for the account details.

After given her evidence, the prosecution counsel sought to tendered the N3000 bank receipt sent to the witness as evidence and it was admitted as exhibit after Ndifon’s lawyer, Joe Agi, SAN, withdrew his objection.

Justice Omotosho adjourned the matter until Feb. 7 for continuation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ndifon was, on Jan. 25, re-arraigned alongside Sunny Anyanwu as 1st and 2nd defendants on an amended four-count charge bordering on alleged sexual harassment and attempt to perverse the cause of justice.

Anyanwu, who is one of the lawyers in the defence, was joined in the amended charge filed on Jan. 22 by the ICPC on the allegation that he called one of the prosecution witnesses on her mobile telephone during the pendency of the charge against Ndifon to threatened her.

NAN

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ENUGU: Police Arrest 83 Suspects, Rescue 20 Kidnapped Victims

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The Police Command in Enugu State says it arrested 83 criminal suspects and rescued 20 kidnapped victims within the state from Jan. 1, 2024, till date.

The offences for which the suspects were arrested included abduction, kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, defilement and vandalism among other crimes committed within the state in the period under review.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the successes of the Command since the beginning of the year.

Uzuegbu noted that 46 firearms of different calibers were recovered as well as 125 ammunition of different calibres were recovered within the period under review.

According to him, 36 motor vehicles were recovered; six tricycles were recovered and 15 motorcycles were also recovered by gallant and eagle-eyed crime fighting officers and men of the Command.

He said many of the arrested suspects had been arraigned in court and remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Service Custodial Centre, while others would be prosecuted accordingly once investigations are concluded.

The commissioner said that proactive and people’s centred policing approaches of the Command had started yielding the expected results.

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“I wish to specially thank the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Dr Peter Mbah, for the immense support his Administration has continued to extend to the police in the state.

“In the same vein, I profoundly thank and appreciate the Inspector-General of Police, Dr Kayode Egbetokun, for his visionary and pragmatic leadership style, which have brought about the policing strides recorded in Enugu State and Nigeria as a whole.

“Additionally, I express my immense gratitude to my colleagues in sister security agencies and the entire security stakeholders in Enugu State, for all the collaborative support we enjoyed in 2023, and which has continued into 2024.

“I also want to thank and appreciate my officers and men for their diligence, hard work and dedication to duty, which have resulted in the operational successes recorded.

“I urge them to remain focused and committed to actualizing the mandates of the Nigeria Police Force in Enugu State,” he said.

The commissioner maintained that discipline remained the bedrock of the Nigeria Police, adding: “I caution officers and men to shun acts of corruption, unprofessionalism and moral debasements, which bring with them severe disciplinary consequences”.

According to him, officers and men must remain professional, firm, upright and diligent in the performance of their duties.

He warned unrepentant criminals to turn over a new leaf, as “we shall more than ever, turn up the heat and make Enugu State more uncomfortable for them and their activities.”

He said: “And if they fail to repent, then we shall stop at nothing to ruthlessly deal with them.

“I also want to strongly caution rumour mongers, rabble-rousers and peddlers of fake, misinformative and disinformative news in Enugu State to desist forthwith, as the Police would not hesitate to deal decisively with anyone found wanting, in accordance with extant laws, particularly the Cybercrime Act.

“There is no doubt that the task of tackling the increasing security challenges in our society is daily becoming daunting.

“Nonetheless, the assurance I bring to the good people of Enugu State is that we will remain focused and unflinching in our commitment to enthrone a crime-free and peaceful environment for all and sundry to thrive in their legitimate enterprises.”

Uzuegbu urged the citizenry to remain law-abiding, security conscious and continue to support the police, through the provision of credible and actionable security information; while also reporting suspected criminals and their activities to the nearest police station. (

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Bill To Establish State Police Passes 2nd Reading At Reps

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A  Bill for an act to establish State Police and other Related Matters thereto,  has passed a second reading in the House of Representatives.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill which will alter provisions of the 1999 Constitution to provide for the establishment,  was sponsored by Rep. Benjamin Kalu and 12 others.

Leading the debate at plenary in Abuja on Tuesday, Kalu who also presided, said in recent times, the nation’s collective security had been greatly challenged due to an upsurge in insecurity cases.

He said Nigeria operated a federation consisting of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with 774 Local Government Areas, about 250 ethnic nationalities, and more than 200 million citizens.

Kalu said Nigeria has a vast terrain,  spanning over 920,000 square kilometers but regretted that currently, the nation operates a single centralised police system that employs less than 400,000 police officers and men.

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He said there was no denying that the nation’s security architecture was under immense pressure.

Kalu also pointed out that  the fabric of any democracy remained woven with the threads of constant adaptation to the evolving needs of its society.

He added that at this point in our nationhood, state policing is not only inevitable but urgently desired to tackle the mounting challenges of insecurity.

According to him, the bill emerged as a necessary response to several calls for a decentralised and community-oriented approach to law enforcement.

“It seeks to navigate the complex landscape of security challenges by empowering our states with the means to address issues unique to their localities.”

He said the proposed alteration represented not just a legal adjustment to our constitution but a visionary leap toward a safer, more secure, and more harmonious Nigeria.

He said the bill sought the transfer of “police” from the “exclusive legislative list” to the “concurrent legislative list,” adding that the move would effectively empower states to have state-controlled policing.

He said the bill would also prevent unwarranted interference by the Federal Police in state police affairs, emphasising collaboration and intervention only under well-defined circumstances.

Contributing, Rep. Babajimi Benson (APC-Lagos), observed that police should be empowered to license any state willing,  that meet the requirements for state police, set up by the Police Service Commission.

He said the commission should be empowered to revoke and renew the licenses if such a state abused the license, adding that state police would reduce unemployment and relieve the recurrent expenditure on the Federal Government.

On his part, Rep. Awaji-numbek Abiante (PDP-Rivers), noted that the bill would cure the tragedy of the military decree of 1966.

He, however, called for caution, saying, “We have to be careful and committed enough to look at the bill thoroughly because this was not the first attempt for such bill.”

He said the bill should provide a sure way of guaranteeing the security of lives and property while underscoring the need for deliberate efforts toward making it a reality.

Rep. Ali Madaki (NNPP-Kano) noted that the bill was killed in the seventh Assembly but disclosed that the fear was to avert a situation whereby state governors would use the state police against political opponents.

He said there were high-security challenges nationwide,  adding that each state would deploy its police in a manner that would address their peculiarities.

Also speaking, Rep. Sada Soli (APC-Kano), said about 21 states, including Benue and Taraba were caught in the web of socio-political and ethno-religious crises and could surmount such challenges if they had control of their police.

He said some of the states clamoring for the establishment of state police were not economically viable.

He acknowledged that state policing remained a noble idea while citing a scenario where a state governor denied a political opponent landing at the airport.

He argued that such a governor was capable of using the state police for negative purposes,  and urged  the lawmakers to put all issues into perspective before enacting the law.

Rep. Ademorin Kuye (APC-Lagos),  argued that 400,000 policemen to 200 million Nigerians was insufficient.

He said that the deployment of a police officer to a state he was not familiar with would make him inefficient and ineffective in discharging his duties.

Rep. Ben Itanabene (LP-Delta), called for the establishment of a distinct police structure but feared that the use of state police would be under the control of governors.

He urged the house to delete the word ‘state” from the bill while calling for decentralization of the Federal Police by using Police Command.

Kalu, after listening to contributions, put the bill to vote, which was  unanimously passed by the lawmakers

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EFCC Arrests 18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters; 11 In Abuja, 7 Yenagoa

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC (EFCC) has arrested 18 suspected internet fraudsters,  11 of them by the Abuja Zonal Command operatives and the remaining seven, at an apartment in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.

It was like some of the youths see the venture as a thriving business and as such would not be persuaded, contrary to all efforts by the anti-graft body.

According to the EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, the 11 were arrested on Monday at a nightclub in the Wuse area of Abuja, following credible intelligence about their suspicious involvement in internet-related activities.

“Items recovered from them include three cars and 13 phones.

“They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” he said. 

In a related development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), also arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters at an apartment in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.

Dele Oyewale said they were picked up a day before Valentine’s Day.

“They were arrested on Feb. 13,  following actionable intelligence received by the commission regarding their suspicious activities.

“Specifically, the seven suspects were arrested at their hideout in Dowoo Road by Ox-Bow Lake, Yenagoa, Bayelsa.

“Items recovered from them are laptops and phones.

“They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” he said.

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