UNILAG dismisses lecturers exposed in BBC sex for grade report

UNILAG dismisses lecturers exposed in BBC sex for grade report

The University of Lagos has dismissed two lecturers who were indicted in the 2019 sex-for-grade saga at the institution that generated backlash from Nigerians.

The lecturers, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu and Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo, were caught on camera demanding sex from an undercover reporter acting as an admission-seeking 'student' in a special BBC report.

Igbeneghu was a lecturer in the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies, Faculty of Arts while Oladipo lectured at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences.

The disgraced lecturers were exposed by investigative journalist, Kiki Mordi in her award-winning documentary, Sex for Grades, which ran on BBC Africa Eye in October 2019.

In the documentary, the duo was filmed demanding sex from Kiki, who posed as a minor seeking admission into the tertiary institution.

However, in a circular released by the school and also posted on its website, on June 2 (today), the lecturers' dismissal was said to have been approved by the Governing Council of the University on May 31 and took effect on the same day.

The publication on the Institution's website reads:

"The Governing Council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting on Monday, May 31, 2021, approved the immediate dismissal of Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies, Faculty of Arts and Dr. Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, from the services of the University.

"Council, at its meeting, considered the Report and findings of the Senate Committee set up to investigate allegations of sexual harassment levelled against them in a British Broadcasting Corporation (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. Boniface Igbeneghu and Dr. Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo be dismissed from the services of the University for misconduct, with effect from Monday, May 31, 2021 in line with section 18 of the University of Lagos Act 1967.

"Council further directed that the Management should review the Sexual harassment Policy as may be necessary and institute effective strategies to prevent future occurrence," it read.

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