UNICAL suspends Dean accused of sexual harassment by students

Prof. Cyril Ndifon, the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Calabar has been suspended by the school’s management after being accused of sexual harassment by students.

Recall that allegations against the Dean made headlines after students of the faculty stormed the office of the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi, holding up placards with inscriptions that read “Ndifon must go for our sanity”, “We are tired of buying law journals”, “We are tired of lecturers not attending classes”, and “Law girls are not your bonanza; Prof. Ndifon should stop grabbing us and others.”

The University launched an investigation after Ndifon denied the allegation.

Giving an update on the incident, the school’s registrar, Gabriel Egbe said the management was unsatisfied with the response to the query served on Ndifon. He has now been served a suspension notice which is effective from August 17, 2023.

The suspension notice read;

“Please refer to our letter Ref UC/REG/DISC.45A dated August 14, 2023, on your alleged violation of the provisions of the extant laws and policies of the University and your response to the said letter, which was dated August 16, 2023.

“The Vice-Chancellor has gone through your written representations and is not satisfied with your explanations.

“She has therefore directed that you be relieved of your position as Dean, Faculty of Law and placed on suspension while the matter is referred to a panel that will be set up to investigate these allegations.

“The relief of position as Dean, Faculty of Law, and suspension from official duties takes effect from August 17, 2023, You are to hand over all University property in your possession, including all official responsibilities presently handled by you to the Sub-Dean of the Faculty before vacating office.

“You are to stay away from the university premises except while responding to an invitation from the panel investigating these allegations.”

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