NBA Investigates Allegations of Sexual Harassment Against UNICAL Dean of Law

NBA Investigates Allegations of Sexual Harassment Against UNICAL Dean of Law

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) says it has resolved to investigate the allegations of sexual assault against the suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon.

The NBA National Publicity Secretary, Akorede Habeeb Lawal, in a statement on Saturday, said the decision was reached by its National Executive Committee (NEC) at a recent monthly meeting.

Lawal noted that the NBA NEC set up an ad hoc committee comprising the 1st Vice President of the NBA, Mrs Linda Rose Bala; the Assistant General Secretary of the NBA, Mr Daniel Kip; the Chairperson of the NBA Women’s Forum; and the Chairman of the NBA Calabar Branch, to investigate the allegations against the professor.

The NBA’s decision comes after the Ndifon’s reported suspension by the management of the University of Calabar on Thursday over the disturbing allegations as seen in a recent viral video showing female students protesting.

See the full statement below:

PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT: NBA TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST PROF CYRIL NDIFON OF UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR AND ATTEMPTED BRIBE OF ELECTION PETITION JUDGE; PETITIONED LPDC OVER CONDUCT OF SUSPENDED ADAMAWA INEC REC AND MISS IFUNANYA EXCEL GRANT ALIAS “THE BADDEST LAWYER”

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has resolved to investigate the allegations of sexual assault against the suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon.

This decision was reached by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NBA at her recent monthly meeting presided over by the NBA President, Mr Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON SAN and which had all National Officers of the association in attendance.

The NBA NEC subsequently empanelled an ad-hoc committee comprising the 1st Vice President of the NBA, Mrs Linda Rose Bala, the Assistant General Secretary of the NBA, Mr Daniel Kip, Chairperson of NBA Women’s Forum and the Chairman of the NBA Calabar Branch, to investigate the allegations against the University Don.

You may also be aware of the recent media report of the attempted bribe of Justice Flora Azinge of the National Assembly and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano. The NBA has, by a latter dated 16th August 2023, formally requested his lordship to avail the NBA of further details in this regard to enable investigation into this allegation.

In a similar vein, the National Officers also deliberated at their earlier monthly meeting over the unbecoming conduct of some members of the legal profession. Following the resolutions of the National Officers, the NBA has filed petitions at the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) against Mr Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the suspended Adamawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Ifunanya Excel Grant, a young lawyer of Aba Branch wildly known as “the baddest lawyer” on social media.

Mr Yunusa-Ari was petitioned over his role in illegally declaring the result of the supplementary 2023 gubernatorial election in Adamawa State while votes were still being counted. While the complaints against Miss Ifunanya centred on her social media notoriety of posting pictures and videos of herself unclad and smoking marijuana.

While it is important to underscore the fact that none of the lawyers petitioned or being investigated is deemed guilty of professional misconduct until the LPDC hands down its decisions after fair trial, the NBA President has emphasised the need for lawyers to continue to be of best conduct wherever they find themselves, and he reiterated that the present NBA leadership will not relent in ridding the profession of the very few bad eggs that may be found.

Akorede Habeeb Lawal
National Publicity Secretary

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