The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has sacked Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu and Dr. Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo, two lecturers caught soliciting sex from students in exchange for grades in a 2019 investigation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The institution had earlier suspended Igbeneghu, who doubles as a pastor, and Oladipo following the investigation It thereafter set up a panel to look into the allegations brought against them.
The university’s new governing council, which is headed by a medical practitioner and an alumnus of the institution, Lanre Tejuoso, took the decision on Monday during its second meeting since its constitution.
This decision was taken almost two years after the two lecturers were exposed in a 52-minute documentary by BBC Africa where an undercover journalist, Kiki Mordi, disguised as a 17-year-old admission seeker, to expose the antics of the randy lecturers.
In a statement on Wednesday, UNILAG said the dismissal followed the BBC report and findings of its senate committee constituted to probe the matter.
According to the statement, the move is in line with section 18 of the University of Lagos Act 1967.
“[The] council considered the report and findings of the senate committee set up to investigate allegations of sexual harassment levelled against them in a BBC World Service investigative series titled Africa Eye.
“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,” the statement read in part.
The statement noted that the governing council has directed the university management to review its sexual harassment policy and institute effective strategies to prevent future occurrence.