By Sabiu Abdullahi
Operatives from the Department of State Services (DSS) have apprehended and detained Prof. Cyril Ndifon, the former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, over alleged sexual harassment of female law students.
This development comes after a series of protests erupted within the institution, leading to the suspension of Ndifon by the university management pending investigations into the allegations.
Prof. Ndifon vehemently denied the accusations, asserting that the protests orchestrated against him were the result of a conspiracy by certain individuals within the faculty who aimed to destroy his reputation.
He labelled the claims against him as baseless lies aimed at tarnishing his image. Confirming the arrest, DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya revealed that Ndifon was taken into custody in Abuja after he repeatedly refused to comply with several invitations extended to him for questioning.
Afunanya clarified that the DSS’s intervention was initiated following a request from the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
This joint effort between the agencies was conducted within the framework of inter-agency collaboration and was executed in accordance with a court order granting permission for Ndifon’s arrest.
Despite efforts to obtain comments from the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, she could not be reached for a statement as calls to her phone remained unanswered at the time of filing this report.