ICPC files criminal charges against UNICAL prof Cyril Ndifon accused of sexual harassment

UNICAL professor Cyril Ndifon

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has filed four counts of criminal charges against Professor Cyril Ndifon of the University of Calabar (UNICAL).

Ndifon was the dean of the faculty of law until his recent suspension following allegations he sexually harassed female students.

In the charge sheet number: FHC/ABJ/CR/511/2023, ICPC is arraigning the senior lecturer on charges bordering on sexual harassment, official corruption and abuse of office, contrary to Sections 8, 18 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

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One of the counts reads: “That you, Professor Cyril Osim Ndifon (m), between June and September 2023, at Calabar, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, and while being a public officer charged with responsibility for the certification of students as fit in learning and character, as a prerequisite for the award of Bachelor’s degree in Law and admission into the Nigeria Law School, used your office and position as the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, to gratify yourself by soliciting nude photographs and videos from one Ms. ABC (not real name), a Year 2 Diploma student of the university, through WhatsApp chats on your telephone number, 0803*, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

In a statement, ICPC spokesperson Azuka Ogugua said the lecturer would be arraigned on a date to be given by the court.

In collaboration with the Department of State Services (DSS), the ICPC, on October 4, 2023, arrested Ndifon in Calabar.