The University of Calabar (UNICAL) has suspended Prof. Cyril Ndifon, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, due to suspected violations of the institution’s rules.
This decision follows recent protests by law students who accused the dean of sexual harassment. Interestingly, Prof. Ndifon faced a similar suspension in 2015 over the same issue, but managed to clear his name through a legal process.
The suspension, effective from August 17, 2023, was communicated through a letter from the University Registrar, Mr. Gabriel Egbe. The action was taken after the Vice Chancellor expressed dissatisfaction with the dean’s response to a query from the University Management.
Professor Cyril Ndifon Suspended
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.
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” 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”
What is UNICAL saying ?
Professor Cyril Ndifon has been suspended as the Dean, Faculty of Law and from all official duties.