University of Lagos, Akoka, has suspended Mr Boniface Igbeneghu of Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts, after he was filmed making sexual advances to an ‘admission seeker’.
Igbeneghu, a pastor with Foursquare Gospel Church, was also suspended by the church over the footage, which went viral on the social media on Monday.
The associate professor was caught on tape after a reporter with British Broadcasting Corporation posed as a prospective student of UNILAG.
The reporter had sought his help to facilitate her admission.
According to the footage, Igbeneghu, a former sub-dean in the faculty, invited the undercover reporter for tutorials several times.
When she eventually honoured the invitation, he asked for her age and she said 17.
He subsequently complimented her looks, saying she was beautiful.
“Do you know that I am a pastor and I’m in my 50s? What will shock you is that even at my age now, if I want a girl of your age – a 17-year-old, all I need is to sweet-tongue her and put some money in her hands and I’ll get her,” he said.
Igbeneghu later prayed with the ‘admission seeker’, while leading her into the ‘kingdom of God.’
In the 13-minute clip, he told her about a ‘cold room’ at the UNILAG Senior Staff Club, where he said lecturers usually slept with female students to give them undeserved marks.
During their final meeting, the lecturer said the ‘student’ must be obedient if she really wanted admission into the school.
“Do you want me to kiss you? Switch off the light, lock the door and I will kiss you for a minute. That’s what they do in the cold room,” he said.
He drew closer to her and was about to abuse the ‘admission seeker’ when she asked for permission to use the toilet.
When she came out, the lecturer smiled and said he had only shown her what happened in the ‘cold room’.
The sting operation also covered other lecturers at the University of Ghana, Legon.