Dr. Boniface Igbenegbu has murdered sleep, according to Shakespeare he “shall sleep no more.” After the BBC exposed the illicit advances by Dr. Igbenegbu to a 17-year-old admission seeker in University of Lagos, the action has received from the general public.
The amorous lecturer was a lecturer in the Department of European Languages amx integrated Studies, UNILAG.
In the university’s statement, its management noted that Igheneghu would be probed by an investigation panel.
It reads: “The University of Lagos Management today suspended Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts who was caught in a sting operation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) titled “Sex for Grades”. The trending video chronicled cases of sexual harassment of female students by some lecturers in some West African Universities including the University of Lagos.
“Management at its emergency meeting of October 7, 2019, suspended Dr Igbeneghu from work immediately and barred him from the University academic areas while the suspension subsists unless invited by a Panel constituted by the University to investigate the matter.
“In addition to this, the University Management has ordered the shutdown of the Staff Club “Cold Room” mentioned in the documentary for further investigation. The so-called “Cold Room” is a Functions Room that may have been abused because this is a deviation from the purpose for which it was created (meetings, seminars, events, etc.).”
The statement further added that any other lecturer indicted once the full BBC Africa Eye video is released would be suspended and probed, describing the scandal as embarrassing.
“The University assures members of the public that any other lecturer mentioned in the full version of the operation which is to be aired later today will also be suspended to ensure a proper investigation is carried out.
“The University is embarrassed and dissociates itself totally from this act(s) and any inappropriate behaviour of staff with female students and vice versa. The University has a well-articulated ‘Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual and Romantic Relationships’. A copy of the University Sexual Harassment Policy was distributed to all members of staff and can also be obtained on the University website.”
The institution further urged students to come forward if harassed.
The Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, where Igbeneghu was a head pastor, has also asked the lecturer to “step down from all ministerial assignments.”
In a statement by its National Secretary, Reverend Ikechukwu Ugbaja, the church noted that it does not tolerate sexual harassment, which it described as “heinous and unscriptural”.
The statement reads: “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.”
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Dr Wale Babalakin, said the Council would investigate allegations of sexual harassment against a lecturer exposed by a documentary, “Sex for Grades”.
“I have not seen the BBC report but I got wind of it early this morning. I can say on behalf of our Council that there is zero-tolerance for sexual harassment. We will investigate the matter thoroughly and anyone found wanting will face the consequences according to the laws of the University. Students must not be made to suffer for anything and your marks must be directly commensurate to your performance. Any other thing is not scholarly and would not be tolerated,” he said.