The Department of State Services has revealed that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission sought their cooperation to apprehend Professor Cyril Ndifon, the former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, who was implicated in a sex scandal.
This was made known in a statement signed by the DSS Director of Public Relations and Strategic Communications, Peter Afunanya, shared on their X (formerly Twitter) account on Thursday.
Afunanya explained that the ICPC had informed them of Professor Ndifon’s repeated failure to respond to their numerous invitations, which led to his eventual arrest by ICPC operatives in Calabar, Cross River State, on October 4. This arrest was carried out based on a court order.
He wrote, “The ICPC has sought the collaboration of the Department of State Services (DSS) on the University of Calabar (UNICAL) Sex Scandal matter involving Professor Cyril NDIFON, the erstwhile Dean of Faculty of Law of the Institution.
“The Commission had disclosed the refusal of NDIFON to honour its several invitations thus his eventual arrest in Calabar, Cross River State by its operatives on 4th October 2023 based on a Court Order.
“However, the Service, following the Commission’s request and in the spirit of interagency cooperation, supported it for a successful operation. This is to guide public understanding of the latest developments on the matter.”
This clarification comes in response to initial reports suggesting that Professor Ndifon had been abducted by armed individuals at his residence in the Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River state.