The University of Calabar has suspended the embattled Dean of Law, Prof. Cyril Ndifon “for alleged violation of the provisions of the extant laws and policies of the institution.”
The notice of suspension obtained by CITY LAWYER shows that “The suspension conveyed in a letter signed by the University Registrar, Mr. Gabriel Egbe takes effect from August 17, 2023.”
Ndifon has been in the middle of widespread allegations of sexual harassment dating back to at least 2015 when he allegedly raped a 20-year-old Law student in his office.
A senior lawyer, Nelly Idagba told CITY LAWYER in an exclusive interview that the Law teacher also harassed him sexually.
The university Vice Chancellor, Prof. Florence Banku Obi had told CITY LAWYER in an interview that the administration would act on the allegations after Ndifon’s response to the query issued to him.
It is recalled that students of the Faculty of Law had held a protest where they alleged that Ndifon had been sexually harassing them.
The full statement is contained below:
“The Management of the University of Calabar has suspended the Dean, Faculty of Law, Prof. Cyril Ndifon for alleged violation of the provisions of the extant laws and policies of the institution.
“The suspension conveyed in a letter signed by the University Registrar, Mr. Gabriel Egbe takes effect from August 17, 2023.
“According to the letter, the suspension came on the heels of the Dean’s response to a query earlier issued to him by the University Management which the Vice Chancellor was dissatisfied with.
“Dissatisfied with his response, the Vice Chancellor, according to the letter, has relieved Prof. Ndifon of his position as Dean and placed him on suspension while the matter is referred to a panel that will beset-up to investigate the allegations levelled against him.
“The letter reads this: 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 16th August, 2023.
“The Vice Chancellor has gone through your written representations and is not satisfied with your explanations. She has therefore directed that you should 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 invitation from the panel investigating these allegations.”