An investigation panel set up by the University of Calabar to probe allegations of sexual harassment of female students by the suspended Dean of the school’s Faculty of Law, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, has found him guilty of gross misconduct.
The panel “established that the suspended Dean, Prof. Cyril Osim Ndifon was using his official position to both intimidate and bargain for sexual favour from female students in the Faculty of Law”.
It also “established that the suspended Dean had been involved in students’ exploitation”.
“Elaborately, he had been perpetrating cruelty against students by forestalling the graduation of especially some female students at the appropriate time by withholding and refusing to release their results and threatening some that they would never graduate from the Faculty or go to the law school,” the panel stated in the report.
In September, female students of the faculty of law staged a protest in the university, demanding the sack of Ndifon for allegedly sexually harassing them.
Ndifon had claimed that the allegation of sexual harassment was plotted against him because he won the faculty election but the university management suspended him and constituted a panel to investigate the allegation.