UNICAL Law Professor Sends to Kuje Prison Over Sexual Abuse of Students
The suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar (UNICAL), Professor Cyril Ndifon has been remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of his bail application.
The order for his remand was handed down by Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had on Monday, arraigned Ndifon in court on four (4) counts charge over alleged sexual misconduct against some of his students.
Mrs. Azuka C. Ogugua Spokesperson to the Commission, in a statement made available to the NPO Reports on Monday said Ndifon pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.
Counsel to the defendant, Okon Efut had prayed that the defendant be granted bail as the application for that had been filed on his behalf on January 2nd, 2024.
However, counsel to the ICPC, Dr. Osuobeni Ekoi Akponimisingha opposed the bail application on the ground that one of the lawyers representing the defendant, Barrister Sunny Anyanwu had allegedly threatened one of the star witnesses ICPC lined up for the trial.
In his defence, Barrister Anyanwu, who had earlier argued that the name of the said witness was not listed in the charges read, later told the court that it was the ‘witness’ that called him.
Justice Omotosho however directed Barrister Anyanwu to file his affidavit of fact within 48 hours over the threat allegation of an ICPC witness leveled against him.
He also ruled that the defendant, Professor Cyril Ndifon, be remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre till on Wednesday, 10th of January, 2024 when a hearing on his bail application would be concluded.