Two Senior Lecturers of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who were indicted in the sex for grade scandal have been dismissed by the School’s Governing Council. This is coming nearly after two years the scandal occurred.
The lecturers who were found guilty of the sexual allegations levelled against them are, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Language and Integrated Studies and Dr. Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics.
The “Sex For Grade” scandal was exposed by Nigeria’s undercover journalist, Kiki Mordi in the BBC Africa Eye Documentary where she poses as a 17-year old girl seeking admission into the University of Lagos, in a bid to unravelling sexual harassment in West-African Schools.
The documentary earned her numerous awards and recognitions, notable amongst them are, the Emmy and MTV awards. She has also received several foreign grants worth millions of naira.
The University’s Communication Unit, Corporate Affairs Division at the office of the Vice-Chancellor, has now issued a statement addressing the dismissal of the embattled lecturers. The statement read,
“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”.
Consequent upon this, the University’s Governing Council has made it compulsory for the school authorities to review its harassment policy, establishing effective strategies to prevent future occurrence.
The sex for grades documentary by BBC’s Journalist, Kiki Mordi also spurred more young girls who have been through similar experience to speak up.
Kiki Mordi is a multi-award winning investigative journalist, a radio presenter and filmmaker. She is the founder of the #DocumentWomen movement targeted at tackling the erasure of women and women’s stories. She produced a documentary film titled, “Life At The Bay”, that documents the lives of women living in the remote island, Tarkwa Bay, which has been selected for Real Time International Film Festival, Lift Off Global Network and Africa International Film Festival.