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UNILAG dismisses two #SexForGrades lecturers

The institution’s spokesperson Nonye Oguama announced the dismissal in a statement issued to reporters on Wednesday in Lagos.

• June 2, 2021
Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe
UNILAG VC, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe [Photo credit: Premium Times]

Authorities of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have approved the dismissal of two of its lecturers, caught harassing students in a widely broadcasted #SexForGrade saga.

Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies, Faculty of Arts was caught by an undercover reporter of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) soliciting for sex in exchange for admission into the school.

Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences was also dismissed for poor moral conduct.

The institution’s spokesperson Nonye Oguama announced the dismissal in a statement issued to reporters on Wednesday in Lagos.

The institution had in 2019, suspended Mr Igbeneghu who was caught on video propositioning and sexually harassing an undercover BBC reporter.

Mr Igbeneghu, also a pastor, was equally condemned by his church. He was one of several academics in some tertiary institutions in Africa secretly filmed, as part of a long investigation by the BBC Africa Eye.

”The Governing Council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting on Monday, May 31, approved the immediate dismissal of Dr Igbeneghu.

”It also approved the dismissal of Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, from the services of the institution.

”It considered the report and findings of the Senate Committee set up to investigate allegations of sexual harassment levelled against them, in a BBC World Service Investigative Series titled AFRICA EYE (which centred on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions).

”The council consequently decided and approved that both Dr. Igbeneghu and Dr. Oladipo be dismissed from the services of the university for misconduct, with effect from Monday, May 31, in line with section 18 of the University of Lagos Act 1967,” it said.

The statement further said that council had also directed that the management should review the sexual harassment policy, as may be neccesary and institute effective strategies to prevent future occurrence.

Speaking on the development, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe said that the university would not cover up any indecent behaviour.

He said that management would not hesitate to follow and apply the law.

The vice chancellor pledged management’s commitment to protect all the students, as well as provide a level playing field for them to exercise their right. 

(NAN)

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