UNICAL suspends professor for alleged sexual harassment of students

The administration of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has suspended Cyril Ndifon, the law school dean accused of sexual harassment.

The suspension was announced in a letter dated Thursday and signed by the varsity’s registrar, Gabriel Egbe.

A portion of the letter read as follows: “Please refer to our letter Ref UC/REG/DISC.45A dated August 14, 2023, regarding your alleged violation of the provisions of the University’s current laws and policies, and your response to said letter dated August 16, 2023.”

On Monday, a group of female students, led by Benedict Otu, the president of the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), demanded that Ndifon be fired.

The students carried placards with the following inscriptions: “Professor Ndifon, stop suffocating us and let the girls with large breasts breathe,” “Enough of law school list manipulation,” and “Professor Ndifon must go for our sanity.”

Wednesday, the institution’s authorities initiated an investigation into the allegations against Ndifon.

Ndifon’s suspension is effective as of August 17, 2023, pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations, which is pending.

Before vacating his office, he was instructed to transfer all university property in his possession along with his official responsibilities.

In addition, he was forbidden from entering the school’s grounds unless invited by the investigating committee.