UNICAL Investigates Sexual Harassment Allegations Made Against Lecturer
The University of Calabar administration has launched an investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by students against the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, on Monday.
Students of the faculty accused Ndifon of sexually abusing and harassing them in a popular video on social media.
Students were seen storming the office of the school’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi, carrying placards with inscriptions such as “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.”
However, an online publication, CrossRiverWatch, described Ndifon as refuting the claims, saying that the demonstration was organised by faculty members who had a grudge against him.
“For Christ’s sake, I don’t teach Year 2 B or Year 1 students, so I don’t know why they have chosen to drag my name into the mud. This was why I said earlier that the allegations were lies, cooked from the pit of hell, just to destroy a reputation that I had spent decades building,” he was partly quoted as saying.
The university’s spokeswoman, Eyo Bassey, informed PUNCH Metro on Tuesday that the school’s administration had met with the disgruntled parties.
Bassey said, “By the end of today (Tuesday), we will issue a statement. Yesterday (Monday), the students came out with their protest, carrying placards, which you saw online bearing various inscriptions.
“They were invited by the vice-chancellor. The staffers of the Faculty of Law were invited to come and address management as well as their senior faculty staff about whatever might have been their complaints.
“They spoke and raised a lot of issues. It is not even just about sexual allegations. There are all kinds of other issues they raised and management commended them for bringing the issues to their attention.”
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