Cyril Ndifon, a former dean of the law faculty at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) and a professor, has been apprehended by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The arrest comes after Ndifon allegedly failed to comply with summons from the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for questioning, despite multiple invitations.
Professor Ndifon has been in the spotlight since August when he was suspended and replaced due to accusations of sexual harassment.
Female students at the institution accused him of sexual misconduct, leading to demands for his dismissal during a protest.
Last week, a panel investigating the allegations against Ndifon confirmed cases of sexual harassment and abuse of office. The investigation involved nine students who reported unsolicited sexual advances from the suspended dean.
In an announcement on Thursday, the DSS disclosed that Professor Ndifon had previously declined to respond to “several invitations” from the ICPC.
Following a court order, Ndifon was arrested in Calabar on Wednesday.
The DSS statement explained, “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 the 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.”