Abuja Court Grants Suspended Unical Dean Leave To Appeal No Case Submission’s Ruling

A Federal High Court, Abuja, has granted leave to the suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, and his lawyer, Sunny Anyanwu, to appeal the dismissal of their no-case submission.

The professor is currently standing trial on four amended counts of alleged sexual harassment and gratification preferred against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.
His lawyer, Anyanwu, was alleged to have harassed the ICPC’s star witness.

The defendants had through their lawyer, Joe Agi (SAN), on February 19, 2024, filed a no-case submission, urging the court to discharge and acquit them.

The trial judge, Justice James Omotosho, dismissed the application, stating that the evidence led by the prosecution established a prima facie case against the duo.

At the proceedings on Tuesday, Agi informed the court that he had filed two motions on behalf of the defendants.
He noted that the first was to seek the leave of the court to appeal its ruling on the no-case submission and a motion
directing the registrar of the court to make available the first defendant’s phones.

The ICPC’s lawyer, Osuobeni Akponimisingha, did not oppose the motion seeking the leave of court to appeal the no-case submission but objected to the latter.He noted that the laboratory the defendant want his phones released to for analysis does not exist.

The judge, however, urged him to put his objection for the release of the defendant’s phones on record through a motion.

In his short ruling, Omotosho granted the leave to appeal his decision on the no-case submission.