Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, senior lecturer in the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is exposed as BBC Africa’s Eye premieres their first#SexForGrades documentary.
The documentary is targeted at lecturers in West African universities who harass their students in exchange for grades.
Over the years, there have been issues of female students being harassed for sex in return for marks in Nigerian Universities, BBC Africa’s Eye had sent undercover journalists who pose as students in some universities like University of Lagos and University of Ghana.
It was disclosed that the female reporters had been sexually harassed and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions and the lecturers had been exposed through 13-minutes video recorded by secret cameras the reporters wore.
One of the culprits, Dr.Boniface is said to be a senior lecturer, Faculty of Arts and is also a pastor of a Foursquare Gospel church in Lagos.
One of the undercover journalists had endured a couple of sexual harassment from the Dr. Igbeneghu as she had posed as a 17-year-old student who wanted an admission at the University of Lagos.
Igbeneghu, who invited the teenager to his office for a number of tutorials, subsequently began to have inappropriate conversations with her.
On their first meeting, he commented on her appearance.
In the 13-minutes secret filming, the lecturer revealed how his colleagues tossed and passed around UNILAG female students for sex.
He disclosed further how his colleagues patronised UNILAG Staff club ‘Cold room’ to commit series of atrocities on female students.
“Do you know that you are a very beautiful girl,” he asked her.
“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,” Igbeneghu said to her on camera.
Despite repeated requests, the lecturer failed to react to the BBC’s allegations.
Also, authorities of UNILAG dissociated itself from the lecturer’s action as It revealed that the institution had a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, another lecturer from College of Education in Ghana, Dr. Paul Kwame was also indicted in the video documentary.