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UNICAL Professor Pressurised 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 seniir 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.

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 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.

Reports says 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 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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Borno Varsity Secures Accreditation in all Programmes – VC

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The outgoing Vice Chancellor of Borno State University (BOSU), Prof. Umar Sandabe, says the five-year old institution has secured 100 per cent accreditation for its programmes.

Sandabe made this known on Wednesday in his valedictory speech in Maiduguri. 

“The first accreditation exercises for the 30 programmes in the university were conducted in November/December 2022 and the results were released in February 2023.

“The University secured full accreditation in 28 programmes and interim accreditation in two programmes thereby scoring 100 per cent accreditation.

“The faculties graduated successful students while the faculty of agriculture which is a 5-year programme is expected to graduate its students in next academic year,” Sandabe said.

 

Sandabe said the university had also applied to National Universities Commission (NUC) and has commenced engineering, medicine and law programmes.

He said that the university College of Health had gotten approval for MBBS, Radiography, Nursing, Biochemistry, Medical Laboratory and Health Information Systems.

“These programmes have already commenced this academic session 2023/2024,” Sandabe said.

He lauded some Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, particularly TETFUND, Ministries of Communications, Ministry of Agriculture, NNPC, North East Development Commission, and Federal Inland Revenue for their support in the area of projects in the young university.

Sandabe who lauded the management team of the university for the support accorded him as the pioneer vice chancellor, urged his successor to always consult widely and ensure frugal management of resources. 

The university was  established by the Borno Government in 2019 and commenced academic activities in January 2020. (NAN)

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Chibok Girls at AUN Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Abduction

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By David Torough, Abuja

Chibok Girls enrolled at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, recently convened in a solemn ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their abduction.

They passionately appealed to stakeholders to secure the release of their abducted sisters, who were still held captive.

A statement by Senior Director of Public, Yusuf Mohammed said AUN community members and Federal Ministry of Women Affairs representatives attended the emotional event.

Together, they fervently prayed for the safe return of the remaining girls enduring captivity.

The President of American University of Nigeria, Dr. DeWayne Frazier, stated that “the abductors of these women have failed because today after 10 years we are with some of the resilient women here, though we would not forget some of the many that are still left behind”.

 He added “to my ladies seated here, the people you see seated around you today are here because they love and care for you, and you mean something to each of us and the whole world”.

 The Director of Gender Affairs at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Friya Kimde Bulus, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Gabriel Tanimu Aduda, said she was truly inspired by the Chibok Girl’s strong commitment to academic activities with enthusiasm and their dedication to various extracurricular activities.

“I salute the courage and positive determination of the young women seated here, the rescued and released Chibok Girls at the American University of Nigeria. They are not victims, but survivors and heroes”.

One of the Chibok girls and a Natural and Environmental Sciences Major at AUN Saratu, in her speech said “as we reflect today and say a prayer for our sisters who are still behind, we cannot help but think that tomorrow will be brighter than yesterday. Looking back to 14th April 2014, it was too dark to get a glimpse of brightness, but today, we discovered a light at the end of the tunnel”.

On her part, a communication and multimedia design major, Aisha said she was determined to make a difference in the society stressing that AUN has prepared her well to chase her dream.

 The venue of the event was filled with joy and optimism as balloons were released into the sky carrying messages of hope and love.

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UTME: JAMB to Refund Registration Fees to Deserving Visually-impaired Candidates 

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Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun, Lagos Coordinator, JAMB Equal Opportunity Group, says the board will refund fees paid by deserving visually-impaired candidates for the purchase of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME forms.

Olarenwaju, a former Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), gave the assurance at the Distance Learning Institute (DLI), University of Lagos, centre for 2024 UTME  for visually-impaired candidates from Lagos and Ogun states.

According to him, a total of 88 candidates in this category registered for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for the centre but  only 82 were present.

He explained that only visually-impaired candidates with five ‘O’ Level credits in one sitting  would  benefit.

The coordinator said that the gesture was to encourage physically-challenge candidates.

“I will like to give kudos to the  Registrar of JAMB,  Prof Is’haq Oloyede, for all he is doing to push the frontiers of education in this country.

“This year, he went a step further to return money paid by visually-challenged candidates for the purchase of their registration documents- those who scored five credits at one sitting.

“They were not supposed to have paid for the forms,  but in a situation whereby they have already done that, their money will be returned to them here,  today.

“The process is that the  board, from the results uploaded by these candidates during registration for the examination, had already disaggregated all these and sent to all the centre coordinators nationwide.

“We have the list and the money already made available by the board, and the directive is that we must ensure that the concerned candidates get back their money immediately.

“We want them to know that they are Nigerians and that Nigeria recognises their roles and will want to harness their potential,” he said.

He said that the board would continue to explore means to ensure that no Nigerian child would be left behind in empowerment.

He noted that the special examination was being conducted in 12 centres nationwide.

“Before now, we allowed the candidates to just listen. The proctors will read aloud to them, but this year, we realised that some of them also want to use the braille and read on their own and then answer the questions.

“So, we, in addition to the option of ‘read aloud’ have also decided to introduce the option of ‘fully braille’.

“This means we will print questions on braille for the candidates and they will now use the braille answer sheets to answer the questions.

“Before the commencement of this year’s exercise, we started calling the candidates for this Lagos centre in the past one or two months, to put them on notice about where they would be sitting for the examination, which is the DLI of UNILAG.

“They were also told to get to the centre a day before, with their guides to ensure that they would not be under any pressure.’’

He said that the candidates were checked into hotels alongside their guides.

“They are being well taken care of, and whenever they will be returning to their respective destinations, they will be given transportation allowance,” he said.

The former  LASU vice-chancellor said  that efforts made by the organisers to get across to the six candidates who did not turn up for the examination were futile.

He said that phone  calls  to  numbers they supplied during registration did not respond.

He added that the organisers could not reach them through the e-mail addresses and WhatsApp numbers they supplied.

According to Fagbohun, a Professor of Environmental Law, the candidates would be tested in Government, Arabic, Use of English, Mathematics and Biology, among other subjects. (NAN)

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