Prof. Cyril Ndifon, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, has been suspended by the school’s administration after students accused him of sexual harassment.
Remember that allegations against the Dean gained notoriety after faculty students barged into the Vice-Chancellor’s office of the university, Prof. Florence Obi, brandishing signs 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.”
Ndifon refuted the accusation, and the University opened an investigation.
The school’s registrar, Gabriel Egbe, provided an update on the situation and stated that the administration was dissatisfied with Ndifon’s response to the issue. He has now received a notice of suspension, which will take effect on 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.”