A former sub-dean at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, has reacted to the BBC documentary where he was filmed assaulting an undercover journalist.
The journalist acted like a 17-year-old looking for admission. BBC filmed Igbeneghu promising to help the lady secure admission and be her mentor. He also threatened to deal with her if she refused to cooperate with him.
He is also a part-time pastor at the Foursquare Gospel Church.
Igbeneghu said he won’t be pressurised to comment on the allegations of sexual harassment levied against him.
Nigerintunes reports that Igbeneghu, who is a pastor with the Foursquare Gospel Church, has been suspended by the university management. His church has also reacted by suspending him from all ministerial activities.
When asked for a reaction to the documentary, he declined to comment saying as a staff of the University of Lagos, he is not allowed to comment the issue. He added that reacting to the issue means running against the rules of his employers.
“If you want any reaction, talk to the university. Contact the information unit and they will tell you the correct position.
“If I talk, I will be running foul of the varsity law. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on me to say beyond what I have said,” he said.
Igbeneghu and the cold room treatment
Meanwhile, the management of the university has shut-down the ‘Cold Room’, where lecturers allegedly sexually assault students.
The Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit) of the university, Taiwo Oloyede announced the development on Monday.
It could be recalled that the ‘Cold Room’ was mentioned by Igbeneghu while speaking with his ‘student’ in the documentary.
Igbeneghu had described the room at the staff club of the university as a place where lecturers meet to “touch students’ breast”. He had said they are paying for grades with their bodies.
This is coming just hours after the release of the documentary.
Igbeneghu’ suspension was announced earlier today by UNILAG’S Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin over the allegations of sexual assault disclosed in the documentary.
Babalakin added that the school council will investigate the matter as it does not condone such behaviour.