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Cybercrime: Suspended UNICAL dean asks Appeal Court to discharge him from ICPC’s sexual harassment charges



Professor Cyril Osim Ndifon

The suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar(UNICAL) Professor Cyril Ndifon, has asked the Appeal Court to discharge him and Barrister Sunny Anyanwu from the sexual harassment and cybercrime charges filed against them by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Ndifon’s lawyer, Joe Agi SAN is appealing the ruling of Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court, Abuja who overruled his no-case submission against the ICPC’s allegation that he solicited indecent photographs from a diploma student seeking admission, contrary to the cybercrime act.

ICPC counsel, Osuobeni Akponimisingha, had urged the court to hold that the suspended dean committed a crime by causing another person to send indecent messages to his phone.

Akponimisingha had stated in his written reply to the defendant’s no-case submission,

But Joe Agi contended that his clients had no case to answer as the ICPC did not fault his position that the diploma student in question was in a “love” relationship with the suspended dean.

However, on March 6, the court overruled the suspended dean and directed him to enter defence on the case.

At the resumed sitting on Tuesday, Agi asked Justice Omotosho to allow him to appeal his ruling and the judge approved it but said the appeal will not stop ICPC’s proceedings before him.

In four grounds of appeal, particularly in ground three of the proposed notice, Agi argued that the learned trial judge erred in law when the court assumed jurisdiction to hear the charges preferred against the appellants when the charges were not initiated by the due process of law.

Agi stated,

ThePressNG learnt that the date for the hearing of the appeal is yet to be fixed.