The Sex For Grade documentary released by BBC Africa brings to light the sexual harassment of students taking place in West African Universities.
The video has — within a few hours of its release — attracted hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube.
In the documentary, BBC journalist, Kiki Mordi, along with several other journalists worked undercover to expose several disgraceful activities going on in the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.
The person who has particularly come under the most scrutiny is Boniface Igbeneghu, who is a senior lecturer at the University. He was also the former sub-dean at the Faculty of Arts in the institution.
However, the most alarming of it all is the fact that prior to this revelation, Mr. Boniface was the head pastor of a local Foursquare church branch in Lagos.
Boniface can be seen in the video soliciting for intimacy from a young girl who made it clear to him she was a minor.
Aside from Boniface, another lecturer from the Department of Economics, whom the BBC recognized as Samuel Oladipo made moves on Kiki Mordy in a rather disturbing manner.
He took her to a place where the Senior lecturers in Unilag called “The Cold Room”.
And based on the revelations in the video, the cold room is a place set aside by the senior lecturers in the University to carry out various ungodly acts on Students, many of whom are probably minors.
Cold room shut down, Boniface Igbeneghu suspended
However, Premium Times reveal that Unilag has now shut down the so-called ‘Cold Room’.
According to a purported letter from Oleyede, the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit) of the university: “The so-called ‘Cold Room’ is a Functions Room that may have been abused because this is a deviation from the purpose for which it was created (meetings, seminars, events, etc).”
She also revealed that Mr. Boniface has been suspended from Academic activities while the investigation lasts.
Foursquare Gospel Church “dissociates itself” from Boniface Igbeneghu
Foursquare Gospel Church has released a statement confirming that it has asked the shamed pastor to step down during the course of the investigation.
According to the statement: “The general public is hereby informed that as holiness and Bible-believing church, we do not condone such heinous and unscriptural acts among our ministers.
“We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Dr. Igbeneghu and promise to take appropriate measures as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded.
“Meanwhile, the pastor in question has been asked to step down from all ministerial assignments.”
As one would expect, many Nigerians have taken to social media to express their dissatisfactions and are calling for the lecturers to be prosecuted and probably fined.
Reacting to the revelations, Professor Olarenwaju Fagbohun of Lagos State University said: “The challenge is much more than what we are treating at the moment, which is why all of us must be on the alert and all of us must take it very seriously.”
On Twitter, #sexforgrade is now one of the trending topics, as many Nigerians have taken to the platform to share several memes.
Surayya Gidado Bello posted saying: “When sex for grade investigator comes to A.B.U, y’all just get your CV’s ready, coz there’ll be plenty of Vacancies!”.
According to Ope Adetayo: “The sad thing about the #SexforGrade documentary is that sexual exploitation of female students is a conspicuous fact known by everyone but we don’t often talk about it. Before BBC documentary aired, we know it happens but our culture of silence is legendary”.
Tayo Dips Posted saying: “Major reasons why some of these victims of #SexForGrade scandal don’t say a word is because they don’t trust anyone with this case because some committees are even filled with sex predators/co-conspirators”.