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Another UNILAG lecturer caught in sex-for-grade scandal
ANOTHER lecturer of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Boniface Ighenghu has been accused of sexually assaulting an investigative reporter who disguised as a 17 years old girl seeking admission into the University.
This comes few years after Afeez Baruwa, another lecturer of the university, was charged to court for allegedly raping a student of the institution.
Baruwa is still in court over the allegation as the student claimed to have pictorial evidence of the incident.
Also in 2018, a professor of English in University of Lagos, Olusegun Awonusi was also accused of sexual harassment by Joy Uwana, a student of the varsity who had the lecture’s nude images with her claimed the lecturer harrased her in the ,presence of other lecturers but they wont come out open because of their cult like nature.
Awonusi is a former vice chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, ijebu ode ogun state, also a former commisioner in ogun state denied the allegations levied upon him by the student.
However, the management of the institution are yet to conclude the investigations since it began over a year ago.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in a documentary released on Monday, titled ‘Sex for grades’: Undercover in West African Universities made this report.
In the documentary, Kiki Mordi, an investigative reporter revealed how students are sexually harassed in West African universities, showing UNILAG and the University of Ghana as examples.
The lecturer was taped making sexual propositions to the undercover journalist who claimed to seek admission into the university.
Boniface is currently a pastor with the Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos State.
While making sexual propositions to the reporter, He said “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, all I need is to sweet tongue her and put some money in her hand and I’ll get her”.
In the video clip, he revealed that there is a place called ‘the cold room’ in the school premises where lecturers make love with students as he continued to assure her that the only way for her was for her to do his bidding.
In a press release signed by the national secretary of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Ikechukwu Ugbaja, the church distanced itself from Boniface and termed the act ‘heinous’.
“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 Igbenoghu 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” the statement read.
Nigerian universities have in many cases been reported to sexually assault students including the sex for mark scandal which happened in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2018.