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CALABAR—The Dean, Faculty of Law, University
of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, accused of sexually
assaulting a 20-year-old 400-level student in his
office was yesterday suspended by the panel
instituted by the school’s Vice Chancellor,
Professor Ivara Esu.
Professor Ndifon, who is the first professor of
Law from Cross River State, was briefly arrested
and detained by the police and later released on
Wednesday before he was suspended yesterday
evening by the panel set up to investigate him.
The professor was accused by mother of the
victim, Mrs. Irene Akpan, in a letter sent to the
university, alleging that the incident happened
between 3 and 5pm on August 29 at the dean’s
private office on the top floor of the faculty
building.
According to the lady, Professor Ndifon forcibly
had sex with her daughter after a fierce struggle.
The school authorities confirmed receipt of
complaints from the victim, while the police also
affirmed it but was quick to add that the matter
was undergoing thorough investigation.
Narrating her daughter’s ordeal, Mrs Akpan
explained that the dean had set a one-hour test
for the students on that Saturday, assigning two
lecturers to carry out the supervision.
She alleged that 20 minutes to the end of allotted
time, Ndifon entered the hall and ordered the
students to stop writing.
She said while the students were preparing to
submit their answer sheets, Ndifon approached
her daughter, tore her answer sheet and left the
shreds on the seat.
Mrs. Akpan said: “He walked straight to my
daughter’s desk, collected the script and tore it.
He left the torn script on her seat, so the girl
collected the pieces and put them in her bag.
According to her, you will still have to pass
through the faculty before leaving the building.
“She said as they were leaving, the dean accosted
her again and asked if she still had the shredded
script, she said yes. He instructed her to follow
him to the general dean’s office to recopy the
answers on another plain sheet, which she did.”
“The unsuspecting girl followed him to the general
office where two people were, including the
dean’s secretary. The office of the dean is on the
first floor of the building, according to my
daughter.
“She said while writing in that office, the dean
who had earlier gone out, came in again and
instructed her to follow him to his private office
on the second floor so that she could comfortably
use the table.”
The victim’s mother said five minutes after
getting to his private office, the dean locked the
door, concealed the key and started making
advances, adding that they struggled but Ndifon
subdued her and had sex with the girl.
She said her daughter was later taken to Airport
Police Station, along IBB Way in Calabar, where
she gave statement and also had medical
examinations at the police clinic.
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr.
Effiong Eyo, said the institution was seriously
looking into the matter.
“A panel has been set up to look into the matter.
The authorities are looking seriously into it,” Eyo
said.
Also, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr.
Hogan Bassey, said the command was
investigating the case.
He said: “The case of rape or sexual assault
requires discreet investigation and we have to
handle it with care.”

Author: Orimisan Temidayo

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