Boniface Igbeneghu, a former sub-dean of Faculty of Art at the University of Lagos and head pastor of local Foursquare Gospel Church has been caught on camera making sexual demands to offer admission to a ‘student’.
Igbeneghu was shamed and exposed in a 13 minutes video by BBC Africa where an undercover journalist, Kiki Mordi, disguised as a 17-year-old admission seeker.
The BBC broader investigation of the sex for grade crises in West African Universities took the search to UNILAG and had a good catch of the lecturer cum “man of God”. The undercover journalist was invited by Igbenegnu unknowingly as an ‘admission seeker’ to the lecturers office for ‘tutorials’. At their first meeting Igbeneghu asked: “how old are you?”. After responding, the lecturer started commenting on her appearance.
“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,” he said.
TNV got to see the documentary published on Facebook by BBC Yoruba. The lecturer invited the ‘student’ for a second meeting where they held prayer session together. After the prayer, he simply asked: “what age do you start knowing men. Be assured that your mother will not hear.”
While the reporter was yet to respond, Mr Igbeneghu described the secret place where lecturers meet to “touch students breast” at the staff club of the university. “They call the place cold room,” he said. He then explained that ladies must pay to have good grades.
At the last visit, he told the undercover journalist that if she truly wants admission in UNILAG, “she must be obedient”.
“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.”
The lecturer went to the bathroom and upon his return, he locked the door, switched off the light and embraced the ‘admission seeker’.
“You are too stiff. I can call you to come any day. If you don’t come, you know you are gone,” he threatened the undercover journalist.
This revelation is coming a year after a student of Department of English, accused a professor of the same university of sexual harassment.
In May 2018, Joy Nwanna, a student of the institution, accused Olusegun Awonusi, a professor of English and former Vice-Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, of “habitual sexual harassment”.
UNILAG Suspends Igbeneghu, Shuts down “cold room”
Authorities of the University of Lagos announced the shut down of the ‘Cold Room’, where lecturers allegedly sexually harass students. This was disclosed by Taiwo Oloyede, the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit) of the university. In addition to this gesture the University of Lagos has also announced the suspension of the lecturer.
Foursquare suspends Pastor Igbeneghu
On its part, the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has asked the embattled University of Lagos lecturer, Boniface Igbeneghu, to step down from all ministerial assignments in the local church.
The church’s National Secretary, Ikechukwu Ugbaju, in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES earlier on Monday, described Mr Igbeneghu’s conduct as “heinous and unscriptural act”
“The General public is hereby informed that as a holiness and bible-believing church and 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.”
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The attention 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 names 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 and 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.