By Yetunde Adeyeri
Boniface Igbeneghu, a former sub-dean of Faculty of Art, head pastor of local Foursquare Gospel Church and a lecturer at the University of Lagos popularly known as UNILAG, has been caught on camera demanding sexual gratification in exchange for offering admission to a student. Igbeneghu was exposed following an investigative report by BBC Africa tagged “Sex for Grades” where an undercover journalist, Kiki Mordi, disguised as a 17-year-old secondary school graduate who was seeking admission to UNILAG.
Igbenegu was targeted for investigation after a series of allegations of sexual assaults leveled against him by female students covering a period of nine months. Boniface Igbeneghu, UNILAG lecturer caught on video sexually harassing admission seeker.
The randy lecturer, afterward, invited the disguised admission seeker to be coming to his office for tutorials. He asked the disguised reporter about her age and, upon answering that she was 17, went on to comment on her appearance.
He said: “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.”
After the first meeting, Igbeneghu invited the student for another meeting where they held ‘a disturbing’ prayer session together. Immediately after ending the prayer, Igbeneghu, asked the age ‘student’ started “knowing men”, promising not to tell her mother.
Hesitating to respond, the lecturer went on saying there is a secret place at the UNILAG staff club where his colleague lecturers meet to “touch students’ breast”. According to him, the secret place is called ‘cold room’. Igbeneghu added that to have good grades in the university, ladies must pay. During the disguised reporter’s last visit, he said that “she must be obedient” if she really wanted to gain admission into the federal university. Igbeneghu went ahead to demand sexual gratification from the undercover journalist. He said: “Do you want me to kiss you? Switch off the light, lock the door and I will kiss you for a minute. That’s what they do in the cold room.”
Afterward, he went to the bathroom and after returning, locked the door, switched off the light and embraced the undercover journalist. He then said: “You are too stiff. I can call you to come any day. If you don’t come, you know you are gone.”
The BBC Africa investigative report also covers the University of Ghana where another lecturer, Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor was also caught in a similar scandal.
Sex-for-grade is a common problem rampant in many of Nigeria’s tertiary institutions where female students especially are subjected to sexual harassment before they can excel in their examinations. The management of the University of Lagos has not reacted to the development at the time of filing this report.
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For the past year, BBC Africa Eye has been secretly investigating sexual harassment by lecturers at West Africa's most prestigious universities.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) October 6, 2019