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ICPC plays nude videos of female students in evidence against suspended professor

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission on Monday played nude videos of a female Diploma student of the University of Calabar, Cross River State in the open court in evidence against Prof. Cyril Ndifon, the institution’s suspended Dean of Faculty of Law.

This followed the opening of the evidence of Prosecution Witness Four, Bwaigu Fungo, which began on Monday.

The lawyer of the ICPC, Osuobeni Akponimisingha, led Fungo in evidence in the ongoing trial of Ndifon and his co-defendant, Sunny Anyanwu, before Justice James Omotosho of a Federal High Court, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ndifon was on January 25, 2024 re-arraigned alongside 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 January 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 threaten her.

They were, however, admitted to bail on Friday after a female student, identified as TKJ (not real name) by the court, one of the alleged victims of sexual assault by the don, completed her testimony.

NAN had earlier reported that the court admitted in evidence two mobile phones seized by the anti-corruption commission from Ndifon.

Justice Omotosho admitted the mobile devices: an Oppo phone and a Tecno Pova phone, with their chargers after they were tendered by Akponimisingha.

The application was not opposed by the defence counsel, Joe Agi (SAN).

The Oppo and Tecno phones were marked Exhibits N and O by the court.

Meanwhile, Fungo, a Forensic and intelligence Analyst with the ICPC, while giving his testimony analysed three nude videos obtained from Ndifon’s Oppo phone.

The PW4 said the videos were extracted from Exhibit N belonging to the professor.

He said they were videos of TKJ as requested by Ndifon.

“The videos as sent by TKJ  to the Exhibit N (Oppo Phone owned by Ndifon) are usually sent by the 1st defendant to another subscriber (another phone number),” the witness said.

He said though about 16 videos were extracted, three were TKJ’s videos.

He said TKJ made the videos on September 26, 2023.

The forensic analyst also played three of the videos of other female students but the judge directed him to limit it to videos relevant to the charge, which were TKJ’s.

When asked why Ndifon would have forwarded the videos sent to him by TKJ to another phone number, Fungo said it was to preserve the video for whatever reason.

Akponimisingha also requested for Exhibit 0 (Tecno phone) and the witness was asked questions on some of the extractions.

While being cross examined, Agi asked Fungo if from the videos he played, TKJ did it involuntarily.

The witness said: “The acts of TKJ were involuntarily done.”

He added that from their forensic report, there was a part in the videos where TKJ said she was not comfortable sending the videos.

When Agi asked him if in one of the videos, TKJ displayed a movement and was fidgeting to prove that the young lady did the videos without compulsion, Fungo simply said: “There was movement.”

Meanwhile, Justice Omotosho has ordered the management of the Kuje Correctional Centre to allow Anyanwu access to a medical facility of his choice with a view to treating himself.

The judge gave the order after Agi moved the application to the effect.

Justice Omotosho adjourned the matter until February 14 for trial continuation.

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