Some female students of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Cross River State, have protested against an alleged sexual misconduct by the Dean of the faculty, Prof. Cyril Ndifon.
In a viral video making rounds on Twitter, the students were seen holding placards with different inscriptions, calling out the lecturer for allegedly harassing them.
In the video shared by @_nwatuofficial on Twitter, the students alleged that the lecturer engages in law school manipulation, adding that he must go for their sanity.
Female students of the University of Calabar faculty of Law are currently on a protest against their Dean, Prof Cyril Ndifon. Please retweet and lend a voice pic.twitter.com/Uzn16evnUp
— Our Area (@OurAreaDotCom) August 14, 2023
The allegations have, however, generated reactions on social media, with many joining the students to lend their voices against the alleged sexual harassment.
Reacting to the development, a Twitter user @UnkleAyo wrote, “It will interest you to know that this same Professor was suspended in 2015 for raping a law student in his office. Why was he reinstated? How did he end up becoming a dean again? The V.C of UNICAL is obviously of questionable character.”
@trinityboi wrote, “Female students of the Unical Faculty of Law are currently protesting against their Dean, Prof. Ndifon Cyril. He is notorious for sexually harassing female students. These students are now being threatened with expulsion. When will these men stop this act? This is one of the longest lingering problems most females face in school. Lend a voice ✍️.”
The vice chancellor of the University, Prof. Florence Banku Obi while addressing the aggrieved students said their cries and complaints have been heard and necessary actions will be taken.
She further commended the students over the way and manner they peacefully conduct the protest in line with the school rules and regulations.
She said, “I want to first thank you for the peaceful manner you have conducted yourself. It shows actually that you are law students. You understand the rules and regulations of the university. We have heard your complain
However, a check by Tribune online revealed that this is not the first time the professor has been accused of sexual assault. He had previously been suspended by the school management in 2016 for allegedly raping a student in his office.