Several female law students of the University of Calabar have staged a protest in the institution, accusing Prof.
Cyril Ndifon, Dean of the Faculty of Law, of frequently harassing them sexually.
They moved about in groups on the campus late Monday afternoon, chanting ‘Ndifon, go! go!’
The students displayed placards with various inscriptions, including “Ndifon Must Go!” “We’re tired of sucking dicks for marks”, “Law Girls Are Not Bonanza” and “Prof Ndifon Must Stop Grabbing Our Bum Bum”.
The President of the Law Students Association of Nigeria, LAWSAN, Unical Branch, Comrade Benedict Otu, led the students in the protest against Ndifon.
But reacting on the telephone, Prof. Ndifon debunked the various allegations of highhandedness and sexual harassment.
He claimed that the protest by the law students was masterminded by some people in the faculty who had sworn to pull him down.
Ndifon claimed that the allegations from the students were barefaced lies aimed at tarnishing his image.
“Since I defeated some people in an election that was keenly contested to emerge as Dean of the Faculty, it hasn’t been easy. I had skipped several booby traps.
“These allegations are baseless and masterminded by my detractors, who had vowed to ensure that my image is dragged through the mud just because I won the faculty elections twice,” he said.
Commenting on the placards, Ndifon noted that they had sole handwriting.
“If you look at the placards, you will discover that the placards have one person’s handwriting. Again, how do the protesters know that we were going to hold a meeting with the Vice Chancellor if it is not the handiwork of an insider?
“We were supposed to hold a meeting with the Vice Chancellor to enable us to iron out important issues troubling us in the faculty. While the meeting was on-going, we were told that some students were outside with placards, protesting against me and demanding that I be removed,” he said.
Ndifon alleged that the LAWSAN president cajoled some students to come to the meeting venue, only to dish out placards bearing false representations against him (Ndifon).
“This won’t work. Colleagues of mine are bent on tarnishing my reputation just to destroy me. Where are the victims of the sexual harassment?” He queried.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi, has assured the students that the issues will be addressed.