Ebun Francis| The University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Monday swiftly reacted to the BBC’s #SexForGrades documentary which implicated one of its lecturers as it announced the suspension of Boniface Igbeneghu, a lecturer and former sub-dean of faculty of art in the institution.
Igbeneghu, who is also head pastor of a Foursquare Gospel Church, was exposed in a 13-minute video documentary released by the BBC Africa Eye.
He was caught on camera sexually harassing Kiki Mordi, an undercover reporter who posed as an admission seeker in the institution.
“Do you know that you are a very beautiful girl?” he had asked.
“Do you know that I am a pastor and I’m in my fifties. What will shock you is that even at my age now, if I want a girl of your age – a 17-year-old, all I need is to sweet tongue her and put some money in her hand and I’ll get her.”
In the video, the senior lecturer revealed how he and some of his colleagues patronise the UNILAG Staff club “cold room” to commit several sexual atrocities with female students of the institution.
According to Ibenegbu, the cold room is where lecturers meet to “touch students breast”.
“Do you want me to kiss you? Switch of the light, lock the door and I will kiss you for a minute. That’s what they do in cold room.”
Meanwhile, the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has distanced itself from the behaviour of the lecturer.
In a statement, the church said the culprit has been ordered to step down from all ministerial activities.
The statement read, “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’ 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.”