Nigeria: Court Grants Bail to Suspended UNICAL Dean and Lawyer

Nigeria: Court Grants Bail to Suspended UNICAL Dean and Lawyer

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a significant development, the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to Prof. Cyril Ndifon, the suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, alongside his lawyer, Sunny Anyanwu. The bail was granted in relation to their ongoing trial initiated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The charges against Prof. Ndifon and his lawyer include four amended counts, notably alleging sexual harassment and an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

During the bail ruling, the presiding judge, Justice James Omotoso, stipulated the conditions for bail. Prof. Ndifon was granted bail in the sum of N250 million, with two sureties who must own properties within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) valued at a minimum of N150 million. Additionally, Prof. Ndifon and his sureties are required to submit their bank statements and his international passport to the court.

Similarly, Sunny Anyanwu, the lawyer, was granted bail in the sum of N50 million, also with two sureties who must provide their bank statements.

Furthermore, both defendants are mandated to file an undertaking committing not to interfere with the case proceedings, ensuring their readiness to attend trial without causing delays.

The court adjourned the matter until Monday for the continuation of the hearing, emphasizing the seriousness with which it regards the allegations and the legal process surrounding them.

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