After completing an investigation into the Professor's alleged inappropriate conduct toward many of his students, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) filed a criminal charge against Professor Cyril Ndifon, the suspended Dean of the University of Calabar's Faculty of Law (UNICAL).
Under sections 8, 18, and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, the Senior Lecturer is being charged with four counts of official corruption, sexual harassment, and abuse of office by the ICPC. The charge sheet bearing the charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/511/2023 details the allegations.
One of the counts read: “That you, Professor CYRIL OSIM NDIFON (m) between June-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 for nude photographs and videos from one Ms. ABC (not real name), a year 2 diploma student of the University of Calabar, through WhatsApp chats on your telephone number 0803***** and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under S. 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000."
The professor will be arraigned on an agreed date by the court.
Recall that on October 4, 2023, in Calabar, Cross River State, the ICPC and the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Ndifon after he turned down multiple invitations.