The University of Calabar, in Cross River, has reinstated a Law teacher suspended for rape in 2015. The affected teacher, Professor Cyril Ndifon was the dean of the university’s Law Faculty until his suspension. Despite the scandal, the professor was given a hero’s welcome by some Law students upon his return to the campus.
In 2015, a 400-law student, Sinemobong Nkang, alleged the lecturer tore her script during an exam. She claimed later invited her to his office to copy the test from the torn script into a fresh one. Nkang claimed it was while she was doing so that the professor assaulted and eventually raped her after a struggle between them. The matter was reported to the police and the lecturer briefly detained.
A panel set up by the school found Prof. Ndifon culpable and recommended his suspension. However, the lecturer sued the school to the Industrial Court for Arbitration, which in 2016, upheld the punishment. The court also declined to grant Prof. Ndifon’s prayer that he shouldn’t be investigated.