In august last year, Professor Cyril Ndifon, the Dean of the Faculty of Law University of Calabar was involved in a rape case with a final year student of law, writing final exams. Following the turn of events, Prof. Ndifon was later suspended.
The ICPC (independent corrupt practices and related offences commisison) has been after Prof. Ndifon. The embattled Professor has now approached the Calabar High Court to seek for an injunction to bar the commission from arresting him over allegations of rape and abuse of office as investigations are currently ongoing.
Professor Ndifon (applicant) applied for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights, in Suit no. FHC/CA/M19/2016, with the ICPC and the victim of the rape allegation as Respondents.
Professor Ndifon, the Applicant, wants the court to make:
“A declaration that the threat to arrest or detain the Applicant by the Respondents either by themselves or through their agents, assigns, privies etc is illegal, wrongful and unconstitutional as it violates the Applicant’s fundamental rights to dignity of human person and personal liberty guaranteed under sections 34 and 35(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and Article 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the Respondents whether by themselves, servants agents, employees or privies from inviting, arresting, detaining and/or threatening to arrest or detain the Applicant on the facts and circumstances of this application.”
ICPC operatives have been on the trail of the suspended Professor after he was accused of raping a 20 year old, 400 level student of Law in his office.
The commission stated that after it had received several petitions including the parents also, and the Nigerian Feminist Forum it severally served invitations to Prof. Ndifon and he has failed to cooperate.