The authorities at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has suspended Professor Cyril Ndifon, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, following allegations of him sexually harassing his students.
Ndifon’s suspension, which is pending an investigation into the allegations and effective from August 17, 2023, was announced in a letter signed by Gabriel Egbe, the institution’s Registrar, on Thursday.
“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 letter reads in part.
In the letter, UNICAL stated that Ndifon’s suspension was due to his handling of a query issued to him by the varsity’s management.
The Law teacher was directed to transfer all the institution’s property in his possession, along with his official responsibilities, before vacating his office. He was also instructed to stay away from the school premises, except when responding to an invitation from the panel overseeing the investigation.
On Monday, some female students, led by Benedict Otu, the President of the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), staged a protest, demanding the sack of Ndifon.
The protesting students chanted “Ndifon, go! go”! and carried placards with some inscriptions, including “Professor Ndifon let the girls with big breasts breathe stop suffocating us”, “Enough of law school list manipulation”, and “Professor Ndifon must go for our sanity”.
On Wednesday, the authorities of the school began a probe into the allegations against Ndifon.