UNILAG sacks two lecturers caught in 2019 BBC sex-for-grades documentary

Dr Boniface Igbeneghu

The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has approved the dismissal of two of its lecturers, over what it described as “poor moral conduct”.

The lecturers are Boniface Igbeneghu of the department of European Languages and Integration Studies, Faculty of Arts, and Samuel Oladipo of the department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences.

They were caught by an undercover reporter of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 2019 demanding sexual gratification.

UNILAG’s principal assistant registrar, corporate affairs Nonye Oguama announced their dismissal on Wednesday.

The institution had in 2019 suspended Igbeneghu who was caught on film sexually harassing an undercover BBC reporter.

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,” Oguama said in a statement.

”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.