Since BBC Africa released a video exposing the woes of sexual misconducts in Nigerian universities, the internet and other institutions have been agog.
BBC journalist, Kiki Mordi had gone undercover as a 17-year-old admission seeker to University of Lagos to experience and expose the acts, which she successfully did.
One of the people implicated in the video was a lecturer named Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, who has now been suspended by the University of Lagos.
The UNILAG lecturer is a former sub-dean of Faculty of Arts and head pastor of a local Foursquare Gospel Church.
Mr Igbeneghu invited the ‘admission seeker’ to his office for ‘tutorials’ and at their first meeting asked: “how old are you?”.
After responding, the lecturer commented on her appearance. “Don’t you know you are a beautiful girl? Do you know I am a pastor and I am in my 50s but if I want a girl of 17 years, all I need is a sweet tongue and put some money?” he said.
He later continued with the harassment of the undercover reporter oblivious that he was being filmed.
In a release, the university said: “Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts who was caught in a sting operation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) titled “Sex for Grades”.
The trending video chronicled cases of sexual harassment of female students by some lecturers in some West African Universities including the University of Lagos.
Meanwhile, Foursquare Church also dissociated with the pastor, writing in a statement, writing: “We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Dr Igbeneghu and promise to take appropriate measure as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded.
“Meanwhile, the pastor in question has been asked to step down from all ministerial assignments.”
By Damilola Faustino