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UNICAL lecturer, lawyer granted bail, court adjourns till Monday

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Prof. Cyril Ndifon

Granting bail, a Federal High Court in Abuja has approved the bail request for suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, Prof Cyril Ndifon, and also for his lawyer Sunny Anyanwu, who were both arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

The charges against the professor and his lawyer, Sunny Anyanwu, include alleged sexual harassment and an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

Initially, the professor was remanded on the day of his arraignment on January 8, but later temporarily released on January 10 for an eye surgery.

Anyanwu was added to the amended charge on January 22, following an allegation by the prosecution counsel that he threatened the commission’s star witness during a phone call.

On January 26, the trial judge, James Omotoso, ordered the remand of Anyanwu alongside Ndifon, and subsequently declined to hear their bail applications, citing the need to protect the ICPC’s star witness.

However, on Friday, Justice Omotoso granted Ndifon bail in the sum of N250m with two sureties, each of whom must own property in the Federal Capital Territory worth at least N150m. Additionally, the suspended dean must deposit his international passport with the court.

For Anyanwu, Justice Omotoso granted bail in the region of N50m with two sureties.

The court has adjourned the matter till Monday for continuation of hearing.

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