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UNILAG suspends lecturer indefinitely, shuts down infamous cold room

Source The Ghana Report/Sefanam Agbobli

University of Lagos has suspended its lecturer who was caught on camera in the famous ‘Sex for Grades’ documentary by BBC Africa.

The lecturer, Boniface Igbeneghu was exposed in the video after an undercover journalist disguised herself as a 17-year-old seeking admissionn into the University.

University management, after an emergency meeting suspended Mr Igbeneghu and also barred him from the University academic area. A committee has also been setup to investigate the allegations of sex for grades levelled against the lecturer.

Authorities have also ordered the immediate shutdown of the staff club, “cold room”,which was mentioned in the investigative piece. The “cold room”, according to the lecturer serves as a center where lecturers often take their victims to engage in sexual acts in exchange for better grades.

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The undercover investigative piece by BBC Africa is part of efforts to expose the phenomenon of sex for grades in Universities in Ghana and Nigeria.

The UNILAG lecturer, Boniface Igbeneghu, is a former sub-dean of the Faculty of Arts and head pastor at local Foursquare Gospel Church where he has also been stripped off his position.

Meanwhile in Ghana, Political Scientist at the University of Ghana,  Professor Ransford Gyampo has also been indicted in the video. He has however denied the allegations stating he will sue the BBC Africa for defamation.

The Anti-sexual Harassment Committee of the University of Ghana also says there is not enough evidence in the said video to back the sex for grades claims against two of its lecturers.

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