Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, a former sub-dean in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has been suspended by his church and he is also facing court charges after being caught on video in sex for grade case. Also, the Foursquare Gospel Church where he pastored has released a statement distancing themselves from him.
He was linked to sex for grade allegation that was uncovered during an undercover investigation.
A lot of Nigeria women students are being forced to have sex before they can pass in Universities and the Nigerian government have been unable to solve the problem. In an effort to raise awareness towards sexual harassment in the Nigeria Universities. BBC News decided to investigate.
Dr Igbeneghu, who is a pastor in the fold has been ordered to step down from all ministerial assignments, as a result of the investigation.
This is coming from the release of a documentary on sex for grades by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The documentary showed the lecturer assaulting an undercover reporter of the firm who acted like a 17-year-old student seeking admission.
BBC’s Eagle Eye reporter, Kiki Mordi said the documentary was done for over two years as students want lecturers assaulting the vulnerable ones not to go unpunished. His counterpart, Dr Paul Kwame Butakor from the University of Ghana was also filmed in the act.
Dr Boniface Igbeneghu’s sex for grade case
The lecturer was seen in the video talking about how his colleagues have been assaulting the vulnerable students for grades.
Before he started assaulting the undercover reporter, he had asked her to give her life to Christ and mentored her. It could be recalled that from the first day he met her, he had started making sexual advances towards her.
Reacting to the documentary, the church in a statement on Monday by its National Secretary, Ikechukwu Ugbaja, dissociated itself from Igbeneghu. It said appropriate measures would be taken against him.
“We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Dr Igbeneghu and promise to take appropriate measures as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded,’ part of the statement reads.
Meanwhile, sexual abuse has been a constant allegation against lecturers by their students, but nothing has been done to save the students. As a result, a lot of vulnerable students gave in to their lecturers so they can pass.
But the new documentary which showed the lecturers in the act shows that there is a lot to be done by the school authorities in ensuring this doesn’t happen again.
The documentary had elicited a lot of reactions from several quarters and users of social media, who demanded that the lecturer be punished. See some of them below.
Someone actually said it’s against the law to video someone secretly while talking about Dr Boniface 😡 so YOU watched
#SexForGrades and that’s all you got?
We have a proper problem with sex abuse culture in Africa as a whole and using God to do the most horrific things
— Uche Jombo Rodriguez (@uchejombo) October 7, 2019
A lady in BUK committed suicide about two years ago in the Library. She was widely believed to have been caught in the web of two notorious lecturers who used to abuse her and frustrated her graduation for over a session.
Thank you BBC for this #SexforGrades work!
— Anders🔴 (@Ameenu_Kutama) October 7, 2019
Any lecturer exposed in the #SexForGrades documentary should be sacked, arrested and jailed.
— Oloye Akin Alabi (@akinalabi) October 7, 2019
— Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) October 7, 2019
“Watch the documentary below.
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