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NDIFON: Witness Admits Not Including Alleged “oral-s3x”, Others In Statements Against UNICAL Prof

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TKJ (not real name), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC)’s star witness, on Wednesday, admitted she did not include in her two statements to the commission the allegations that Prof. Cyril Ndifon forced her to give him “a blow job” in his car because she was ashamed about the incident.

TKJ, who is the ICPC’s 2nd prosecution witness (PW2), stated this while being cross-examined by Ndifon’s counsel, Joe Agi, SAN, before Justice James Omotosho of a Federal High Court, Abuja.

During the ICPC’s investigation, TKJ, one of the alleged victims of an allegation of sexual harassment against Ndifon, the suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar (UNICAL), wrote two extra-judicial statements dated Nov  9, 2023 and Nov. 10, 2023, at the Calabar office of the anti-corruption commission.

A blow job, according to a dictionary meaning, is an act of oral sex performed on a man.

NAN had, on Tuesday, reported that the witness, while giving her evidence-in-chief, alleged that the suspended dean came to the front of her hostel in a tinted glass car and asked her to join him.

She alleged that while discussing with him, he tried to put his hand inside her trousers but she stopped him from doing that.

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She further alleged that Ndifon later brought out his manhood and forcefully put it in her mouth to suck.

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 TKJ on her mobile telephone during the pendency of the charge against Ndifon to threaten her.

However, during cross-examination on Wednesday, Agi asked TKJ: “You told this court that the 1st defendant forced you to do a blow job?”

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“Yes, in his car. He bent my neck and gave me N3000 after for treatment,” she responded.

“I put it to you that, that is not true,” the lawyer said, but TKJ insisted it was true.

Agi also put the question to TKJ that the allegation that Ndifon tried to make her do a blow job with him in his office was also untrue but she said it was true.

 The senior lawyer then asked her if she made statements to ICPC on those two occasions and she answered in the affirmative.

“In those two different days, you never told ICPC in your statements that the 1st defendant did blow job with you; you just manufactured that later?” he asked.

Responding, TKJ said: “I did not tell them in my statements because I was ashamed about it.”

She had also told the court that when Ndifon forcefully bent her neck to give him a blow job, she cried and went and told her roommates in the hostel.

But when the lawyer asked her if she put the experience about informing her roommates in the statements, the witness admitted she did not.

She equally admitted that she did not put it in her statement that Ndifon gave her N3000 for treatment after the blow job experience.

TKJ said she only gave a summary of what transpired between Ndifon and her, besides feeling ashamed of the whole scenario.

When Agi asked her how many people were with her when she was making the statements, the PW2 said about three people.

Reacting, the lawyer said it couldn’t have been a shame that made her not to write details of her experience since there were more people in the courtroom than where she wrote the statements, “that you just don’t want to tell the truth.”

But TKJ, who insisted it was a shame, broke into tears behind the shield.

Agi further asked her if she wrote in her statements the allegation that  Ndifon made her to do a nude video of herself putting her two fingers in her virgina inside the toilet and sent to him.

“I did not tell the ICPC about the nude video I did inside the toilet where I put my two fingers in my vargina because I only did a summary of it in my statement,” she said.

The witness said she did all the chats and others with Ndifon because of the admission he promised her and because of her safety after the sexual harassment.

She disagreed with the lawyer that the anti-corruption commission guided her on what to write.

“The ICPC Did not guide me on what to write,” she said.

Taking TKJ on one of the exhibits which captured some of the WhatsApp chats with Ndifon, the lawyer asked that those communications which were between her and the embattled professor were supposed to be a secret between them, but the witness said she did not willingly do it

“Did he put a gun on your head?” he asked, but she said Ndifon did not put a gun on her head.

“Would you have been happy if 1st defendant had sent those messages and videos to people? Agi asked again.

“I will not be happy if he had shared it with people because I was not happy sending them,” she responded.

Earlier while being led in evidence by ICPC’s lawyer, Osuobeni Akponimisingha, TKJ said she received a strange call from Mr Sunny Anyanwu, one of Ndifon’s lawyers, after the suspended don was granted bail.

“A strange number called me and when I picked, the person called me by my native name.

“He told me his name was Barrister Sunny. And he said that Prof told him that I am from Enugu State.

“I told him I am not from Enugu State. He asked me where I am from and ai told him.

“I asked him why he called he said he called because of Professor Cyril, his friend.

“He said he is from Enugu State. He also said he blamed his friend for everything that had happened. He said they have been friends for long

“I told him that I have been traumatised a lot he said he knew” she said.

The witness told the court that Anyanwu told her on the phone not to honour ICPC’s invitation or write anything if they asked her to.

“He said if I do what he asked me to do, he would give me a better admission outside the University of Calabar,” she added

She said she had neither met nor seen Anyanwu before.

Meanwhile, Justice Omotosho had adjourned until Feb  9 to rule on the bail applications of Ndifon and Anyanwu.

The judge, who adjourned the matter after counsel for the defence and prosecution adopted their processes and presented their arguments for and against the bail plea, hinted that he was inclined to grant bail to the duo.

He said since bail was a constitutional right and the offences for which they were being charged were bailable ones, the defendants might likely be admitted to bail since the star witness who was alleged to have been threatened on the phone had concluded her testimony.

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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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