Less than 24 hrs since BBC premiered its show ‘African Eye: Sex for Grades’, erring UNILAG lecturer Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu has been suspended as the senior pastor of Foursquare gospel church and a member of the academic staff of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
The documentary anchored by Kiki Mordi exposed Dr Boiface Igbeneghu, a senior lecturer and former Sub-Dean in the Faculty of Arts. The lecturer is also a senior pastor of Foursquare Gospel church.
The documentary revealed Igbeneghu being explicit and inappropriate with the undercover journalist who posed as a 17-year-old admission seeker.
He also inadvertently revealed a notorious haunt called ‘‘the Coldroom" where lecturers take their female students to sexually harass them.
Boniface also made it clear that female students in exchange for good grades paid with their body.
In light of the ensuing scandal, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) dissociated itself from the lecturer’s actions, while also revealing to BBC that the higher institution had a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment.
Although university authorities did not comment on the scandalous ‘Cold room’ where male lecturers take female students for illicit sexual activities.
Also, Foursquare Gospel church revealed that it had suspended Dr Igbeneghu till further notice from ministering in the house of God.
In a press release from Foursquare gospel church, the church National Secretary, Rev. Ikechukwu Ugbaja said:
The attention of the leadership of The Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has been drawn to a video clip trending on social media platforms titled “Sex for grades: Undercover in West Africa Universities- BBC News,” the church said in a statement.
Wherein a lecturer in University of Lagos named Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu also described as a pastor in Foursquare Gospel Church was allegedly involved in sexual misconduct with some female students of the university.
The general public is hereby informed that as a holiness and Bible-believing Church, we do not condone such heinous and unscriptural act among our ministers."
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.
In a similar development, the Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe revealed that Igbeneghu had been suspended indefinitely and a panel would be set up to investigate the issue.
Recall that in June, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) sacked Prof. Richard Akindele for sexually harassing a masters student, Miss Monica Osagie