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Allegation Of Sexual Harassment In The University Of Calabar: A Call For Investigation

Abuja, Nigeria – Devatop Centre for Africa Development (DEVATOP) is deeply concerned about the recent allegations of sexual assault that have come to light at the University of Calabar. 

It is important to address incidents like this promptly and transparently, and it is on this note that we applaud the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, who has shown commitment as indicated by the steps taken so far in suspending the suspect – Prof. Cyril Ndifon. 

In addition, we strongly urge the University’s administration, in collaboration with law enforcement agencies like the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) who oversee the implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to ensure that the investigation is conducted with the utmost diligence, and findings from the investigation be published, with necessary follow-up actions.

We hereby state that tertiary institutions need to prioritize the safety of their students and staff by fostering an environment free from harassment, discrimination, or violence. We urge institutions of learning to take proactive steps in preventing and addressing issues bordering on sexual harassment and assaults by reviewing and strengthening their internal policies, procedures, and support mechanisms for handling these issues before and when they arise.

As a society, we must work together to create an environment where SEXTORTION or SEXUAL HARASSMENT is eradicated. Devatop Centre for Africa Development remains committed to advocating for the rights and safety of individuals, and we will closely monitor the progress of the investigation at the University of Calabar.