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Profile & Biography of Professor Cyril Osim Ndifon

By Frank Ulom

Professor Cyril Osim Ndifon hails from Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Ndifon is a lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, University of Calabar (UNICAL) and has been suspended twice as a lecturer and Dean of the Faculty of Law.

First, Prof. Cyril Ndifon was suspended in 2015 after a 20-year-old 400 Law student accused him of rape. He was later reinstated in 2017. However, following another protest by students of the Department of Law on August 14, 2023, Ndifon was issued another suspension by the University which took effect from Friday, August 18, 2023.

About Prof. Cyril Osim Ndifon

Professor Cyril Osim Ndifon is a Professor of Law at the University of Calabar, Calabar Nigeria. He holds an LL.B degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife (1989). He also holds two postgraduate degrees (LL.M and PhD) in Law.

He specialises in the areas of comparative criminal law, International humanitarian law and International criminal law. By dint of hard work, Prof Ndifon rose through the ranks to the position of a Professor in the Faculty of Law in 2012.

Professor Ndifon has held many positions of responsibility in the University of Calabar and beyond including Dean, Faculty of Law, Sub-Dean, Faculty of Law, Head of Department, Chairman, Faculty of Law Graduate Board and Examinations Officer.

Prof. Ndifon has also served as a member in various committees within the University such as the Senate Examination Malpractice Committee, Senate Examination Results Vetting Committee, Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit and Committee of Deans.

Prof. Ndifon is a consummate researcher with many academic papers published locally and internationally and therefore has many publications to his credit. He has attended many conferences where he presented papers within and outside the country. He has also supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students and some of his supervisees are now Professors of law.

Professor Ndifon is also a member of such professional bodies as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), National Association of Law Teachers, and International Literacy Association. Prof. Ndifon’s philosophy of life is Hard work and Enduring Courage.


• LLB – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria (1985-1989)

• B.L – Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos (1989-1990)

• LL. M Law – University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria (1994-1997)

• PhD International Humanitarian/ International Criminal Law – Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria (2001-2006)


Prof. Cyril Ndifon is married to Prof. (Mrs) Rita Cyril Ndifon, with children.

Contact of Prof. Cyril Ndifon

Prof. Ndifon can be contacted via the following email:


1. Ndifon, C.O. (2012). Criminality and Sanctions: The Rhetoric and Reality of Nigerian Penal Policy. American Journal of Scientific Research, 63, 26-44.

2. Apori, K.A., Ndifon, C. O., & Nkasah, L. (2012). International Criminal Justice in Africa: Emerging Dynamics. American Journal of Social Issues and Humanities.

3. Ndifon, C. O. (2012). From the Geneva Conventions 1949 to the Geneva Conventions Act 2004: Issues and Challenges on the Application of the International Humanitarian Law Treaty in Nigeria. European Journal of Scientific Research, 76(4), 692-721.

4. Ndifon, C. O., & Ndifon, R.A. (2012). External Examinations In Nigeria And Punishing Malpractice: Human Rights Perspective, British Journal of Arts and Social Sciences, 5(2), 325-356.

5. Apori, K. A., Ndifon, C. O., & Ndifon, R.A. (2012). Human Trafficking in Nigeria: One Tragedy, Many Faces. African Journal of Social Sciences, 2(2).

6. Ndifon, C. O., Apori, K. A., & Ndifon, R. A. (2012). Human Trafficking in Nigeria: A Metaphor for Human Rights, Crime and Security Violations, American Journal of Social Issues and Humanities, 2(3), 84-99.

7. Ndifon, C. O. (2011). Al-Bashir and International Humanitarian Law: The Beatification of an Area Godfather Aworom Annang: African Journal of Culture, Philosophy and Society, 1(1), 325-349.

8. Ndifon, C. O., & Umo, M.E. (2011). Child Soldering in Africa and International Humanitarian Law: The Challenge of Enforcement. Integrative Humanism Journal, 1(1), 200-218.

9..Ndifon, C. O., Otu, M. T., & Odey, S. (2010). The Rwanda Genocide Revisited: The Frails and Failures of the Response Mechanism. Journal of Social and Policy Research, 5(1), 286-300.

10. Ndifon, C. O., & Archibong, J. E. (2010), Violations of International Humanitarian Law in Sierra Leone Armed Conflict: Lessons for Warlords in Africa. Journal of Social and Policy Research, 5(2), 86-97.

11. Ndifon, C. O., Alobo, E. E., & Archibong, J. E. (2009). Developmental Trends in the Defence of Superior of Superior Orders: A Critical Appraisal of the Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Calabar Law Journal, xiii, 326-345.

12. Ndifon, C. O., & Archibong, J.E. (2009). Sexual Violence against Women as a Weapon of War: An Appraisal of the Legal and Institutional Responses. Oniong: A Contemporary Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 1(1), 37-59.

13. Ndifon, C. O. (2009). International Humanitarian Law and the Application of the 1949 Geneva Convention in Nigeria, vol. The Calabar Law Journal, xiii, 243-275.

14. Ndifon, C. O. (2009). Al-Bashir and International Humanitarian Law: The Beatification of an Area Godfather. The Calabar Law Journal.

15. Ndifon, C. O. (2009). Amnesty and the Obligation to Repress Humanitarian Law Violations: The Case of Sierra Leone Conflict. Akungba Law Journal, 1, 320-337.
Ndifon, C. O., Duru, S.A., & Ekwere.

16. J. I. (2009). Jurisdiction Clauses in International Trade: Validity and Interpretation in Nigeria. Cochin University Law Review, xxxiii, (1&2), 101-119.

17. Ndifon, C. O. (2009). Personal Law in Crisis: Olowu v. Olowu Revisited-New Trend or Alternative Approach? Sri Lanka JIL, 21(1), 61-84.

18. Ndifon, C. O., & Etim, C. (2008). The Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law in Africa and The Problem of Sovereignty. The Calabar Law Journal, xii, 24-43.

19. Ndifon, C.O., & Odey, S.A. (2008). The Nigerian Law of Rape: The Need for Urgent Reform, The International Researcher, 1(2), 252-257.

20. Apori, K. A., & Ndifon, C.O. (2008). The Power of the Ballot in the Shaping Nigeria’s Democracy. The Calabar Law Journal, xii, 82-114.

21. Ndifon, C. O. (2008). Legal Obligation to Repress Violations of International Humanitarian Law; A Review of the Role of the Nigerian Government in the Charles Taylor’s Saga. Abia State University Law Journal, 10, 1-15.

22. Ndifon, C.O., Nwagbara, E.N., & Odey, S.A. (2008). Strike under the Nigeria Labour Law: An Overview Nigeria Journal of Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 2(1), 35-46.

23. Dada, J.A., & Ndifon, C. O. (2007). Resource Control and Revenue Allocation in Nigeria. The Calabar Journal, xi, 223-255.

24. Ndifon, C. O., & Archibong, J.A. (2007). Poverty and Human Rights Litigation in Nigeria: The Search for a Viable Legal Aid Scheme. The Calabar Law Journal, xi, 25-41.

25. Ndifon, C. O. (2004). The Press and the Law in Nigeria: A Reflection Sophia. An African Journal of Philosophy, 7(1), 123-128.

26. Ndifon, C.O. (2002). Human Rights and Women’s Development: Constraints to the Socio-Economic Integration of Women in Africa West African. Journal of Research and Development in Education, 9(2), 147-159.

27. Ndifon, C.O. (2002). The Role of the Historical School in the Development of Customary Law in Nigeria Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy, 4(2), 30-41.

28. Ndifon, C. O. (2002). Jurisdiction Agreements in International Contracts: Theory and Practice in Nigeria. Unical Private Law Journal, 1(1), 50-84.

29. Ndifon, C.O. (2001). The Capacity of Non-Native to Contract Customary Law Marriage: Savage v. Macfoy, et al revisited. Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy, 4, 60-67.

30. Ndifon, C. O., (2000). Corpus Juris Nigeriana: Aspiration and Perspectives of the Received English Law Sophia: An Africa Journal of Philosophy, 3(1), 11-32.

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