Senior Lecturer Prof. Boniface Igbenugbu

A senior lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Lagos (UNILAG), Boniface Igbenugbe who was involved in a ‘sex-for-grades’ documentary aired by BBC Africa has been suspended.

Professor Boniface Igbenugbe was caught on camera ‘propositioning and sexually harassing’ an undercover BBC reporter who posed as a young prospective student.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Oluwatayin Ogundipe, confirmed that the lecturer had been suspended after the University held an emergency meeting on Monday (October 7).

The Vice-Chancellor indicated that a panel will be set up to investigate the issue.

The academic was filmed putting inappropriate questions and requests toward an undercover BBC journalist.

On a final meeting between the pair, the lecturer was filmed physically harassing her and asking to kiss her inside of his locked office. He also appeared to threaten to tell her mother if she was “disobedient” towards him.

Boniface Igbeneghu, also a pastor, has been condemned by his church.

He was one of several academics secretly filmed as part of a year-long investigation by BBC Africa Eye.

The film, which has sparked widespread social media comment, explored alleged sexual harassment by members of staff at two top West African universities.

The report also saw students, some with their identities hidden, making allegations about their own experiences with professors.

Dr Igbeneghu has made no comment.

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