A wave of protest has hit the University of Calabar as students accuse Prof. Cyril Ndifon, Dean of the Faculty of Law, of sexual harassment. Female students have alleged persistent harassment, leading them to stage a protest against Ndifon on the university premises.
The students, carrying placards and chanting slogans, demanded the removal of the dean. Comrade Benedict Otu, President of the Unical branch of the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), led the protest.
Prof. Ndifon refuted the accusations, describing them as a lie orchestrated by individuals aiming to tarnish his image, particularly since his election as the new Dean. He challenged LAWSAN to present the alleged victims of the harassment.
The placards carried during the protest displayed messages condemning the alleged actions and demanding the dean’s removal.
The protest has reignited discussions on sexual harassment in Nigerian educational institutions and raised concerns about ethical considerations in the reinstatement of Prof. Ndifon while an investigation is ongoing.
Sexual harassment cases involving students and faculty members are a troubling issue in Nigeria’s educational sector.
The organization Sacredhearts Gender Protective Initiative previously raised concerns about the dean’s reinstatement in light of previous accusations against him.
The university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi, addressed the students, assuring them that their concerns were acknowledged and the matter would be addressed.
Prof. Cyril Ndifon is a Professor of Law at the University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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