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Outrage as sex-for-grades scandal rocks UNILAG

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NIGERIAN universities caught global attention on Monday not on academic breakthroughs but on  randy lecturer’s escapades.

The focus on the nation’s universities was triggered by BBC African Eye release of a video allegedly showing academics propositioning undercover female reporter, Kiki Mordi, wearing a secret camera while visiting a lecturer of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos (UNILAG), posing as a 17-year-old admission seeker. The clip went on to show the lecturer allegedly making sexual overtures to the reporter.

Barely hours after the video went public; reactions took the online world by storm. Thousands vented their indignation.

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and former Senate President, Bukola Saraki have joined other Nigerians in calling for an end to the sex-for-grades phenomena.

Atiku on his twitter handle said; “this is unacceptable and requires systemic strategies to put deterrence to such behaviour.   As a society, we cannot allow a trend that is psychologically abusive to young women to thrive. In fact, that’s a direct opposite of what a sound educational system represents.”

Saraki, on his part, wrote, “as a father, I’m appalled by the actions of lecturers captured in the exposé. We cannot allow this sort of deplorable behaviour to fester.”The Foursquare Gospel Church issued a swift denunciation thereafter, asking Igbeneghu, said to be one of its pastors, to step down from all ministerial assignments.”

A statement by National Secretary Rev. Ikechukwu Ugbaja, reads: “The general public is hereby informed that as holiness and Bible-believing church, we do not condone such heinous and unscriptural act among our ministers. We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Igbenoghu and promise to take appropriate measure as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded.”

Similarly, the University of Lagos in a statement by Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit) Taiwo Oloyede said the management suspended Igbeneghu who was caught in a fling by the BBC.

It said, “the university management has ordered the shutdown of the Staff Club ‘Cold Room’ mentioned in the documentary for further investigation. 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.

 

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