Foursquare, UNILAG Suspend Lecturer Over Sex-for-Grade Scandal

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The Foursquare Gospel Church has suspended its Pastor and Seniour Lecturer at the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, from all ministerial activities over alleged sex for grade scandal. Similarly, the management of UNILAG has also suspended Igbeneghu over same issue. A statement signed Monday by the National Secretary of the church, Ikechukwu Ugbaja, distanced Foursquare Church from Igbeneghu, stressing that appropriate measures would be taken against him. Igbeneghu, an associate professor had been filmed making amorous advances at a ‘prospective student’ of the University of Lagos. The ‘student’ who turned out to be an undercover reporter, had introduced herself to Igbeneghu as a 17 year old admission seeker. The suspended lecturer was shown shutting the door against her and demanding a kiss, as he drew her closer to himself. The video attracted harsh criticisms from Nigerians, who demanded that the lecturer be punished appropriately. Foursquare national secretary said action was being taken on the matter. It said, “The attention of the leadership of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has been drawn to a video clip trending on social media platforms titled, ‘Sex for grades: Undercover in West Africa Universities – BBC News’ wherein a lecturer at the University of Lagos named Boniface Igbeneghu, also described as a pastor in Foursquare Gospel Church, was allegedly involved in sexual misconduct with some female students of the university. “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.” Also, the University of Lagos has suspended Igbeneghu iwho was involved in a sex-for-marks scandal, as exposed in a video by BBC Africa where an undercover journalist, Kiki Mordi, disguised as a 17-year-old admission seeker. The vice-chancellor of the institution, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, told newsmen Monday, that the lecturer has been suspended indefinitely, adding that, "A panel will be set up to investigate the issue.” The investigation is part of a broader one to uncover the sex for grade crises in universities in Nigeria and Ghana.

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