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University of Calabar Dean Faces ICPC Charges: Granted N250m Bail

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Cyril Ndifon, the suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, is currently grappling with legal woes as the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) files four counts against him.

The charges, brought by ICPC’s counsel Ebenezer Shogunle on October 30, 2023, accuse Ndifon of abusing his position. The ICPC alleges that on October 30, 2023, Ndifon, responsible for certifying students for Law degrees and admission to the Nigerian Law School, misused his office to solicit explicit content from female students. Additionally, the charges claim Ndifon manipulated a student’s project supervisor for better grades and requested pictures of a prospective student as an inducement for admission.

In response to the charges, Ndifon appeared before the Federal High Court in Abuja, where Justice James Omotosho granted him bail amounting to N250 million. The bail, issued on self-recognisance, allowed Ndifon to be released to his counsel, Okon Efut (SAN). This decision is intended to enable Ndifon to undergo eye surgery, as stated by his counsel during the court proceedings.

The court’s ruling follows Ndifon’s remand on Monday after entering his plea. The case was set to resume on Wednesday for the hearing of the bail application. Ndifon’s legal battle unfolds against the backdrop of serious allegations of sexual harassment, creating a legal challenge for the embattled Dean. The outcome of this case will undoubtedly have implications for the academic and ethical standards within the University of Calabar.


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