A mother has accused the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, of sexually assaulting her daughter, a 20-year-old 400-level law student (name withheld).
The woman (names withheld), who lives in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, said the incident happened between 3 and 5pm on August 29 at the dean’s private office in the faculty building, The Punch reports.
Narrating what happened, the woman said on that day, the dean had set a one-hour test for the students and assigned two lecturers to supervise. 20 minutes to the end of the allotted time, Ndifon entered the hall and ordered the students to stop writing.
According to her, while the students were getting ready to submit their papers, the dean walked to her daughter’s desk, collected her script and tore it into shreds.
The girl reportedly picked up the pieces and put in her bag and as she was leaving, the dean accosted her again and asked if she still had the shredded script. He then told her to follow him to the general dean’s office to recopy the answers on another plane sheet, which she did.
He later asked her to follow him to his private office on the second floor so that she could comfortably use the table.
Not long after they got to his private office, he allegedly locked the door and started making advances at the girl.
The woman alleged that Ndifon subdued her daughter and forcefully had sex with her.
She explained that afterwards, her daughter was taken to the Airport police station along IBB Way in Calabar, where she gave statement and also had medical examinations at the police clinic.
The victim was said to have written a complaint to the school authority and they have confirmed receipt of it.
However, a lawyer in the school, Innocent Ovat said there was a slight contradiction in the letter the victim sent to the school.
The victim’s letter titled, ‘Report of sexual assault and harassment by Prof. Cyril Ndifon on me’, read: “He removed his clothes and brought out a condom from his office shelf, wore it and penetrated forcefully and painfully. We heard a knock on the door, he picked his clothes and quickly wore them and acted like everything was normal and then he proceeded to open the door. He left me there and went downstairs with the person that knocked.”
Ovat wondered why the girl did raise an alarm when there was a knock on the door and when it was opened.
The public relations officer of the university, Effiong Eyo, said the institution was seriously looking into the matter.
The state police public relations officer, Hogan Bassey, said the matter was being investigated.
In August, a part-time lecturer of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Afeez Baruwa, was arrested for allegedly raping an 18-year old girl in Yaba. The school had however, disowned the lecturer, saying he was not on the university’s employee list whether teaching or non-teaching.