In a recent development, the Cross River Police have refuted claims of the alleged abduction of Professor Cyril Ndifon, a suspended Professor of Law and Dean of Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar (UNICAL).
Setting the record straight, Calabar Police spokesperson, SP Irene Ugbo, clarified that Ndifon was not kidnapped, but rather detained by a government security agency for questioning.
Ugbo emphasized that the circulating rumors were deliberately spread to incite panic among the public.
“The Police would like to state categorically that Prof. Ndifon was not kidnapped, as rumored. Instead, he was apprehended by a government security agency for the purpose of an interrogation,” stated Ugbo.
She also urged the public to disregard any information circulating on social media platforms regarding the alleged abduction, labeling it as subversive and intended to mislead.
“These misleading claims are nothing more than a calculated attempt to sow panic and disrupt the peace that our state currently enjoys,” Ugbo added.
Furthermore, she assured the public that the police would diligently investigate the origin of these unfounded rumors.
Previously, the professor’s son, David Ndifon, had informed reporters that armed individuals stormed their residence in Akpabuyo, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River, firing shots before forcefully taking away his father.
The incident reportedly occurred between 11 p.m. on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday.
“We are doing everything we can and making necessary calls to ensure his safe return,” David had expressed.
It is worth noting that the university had previously suspended Ndifon over allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct involving students.