- Dr Ibeneghu is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts.
- BBC used undercover reporter to get fact.
The hashtag #SexforGrade has been trending on the social media over the recent release of a documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) about sexual harassment from lecturers on vulnerable female students.
The BCC Africa Eye got into action after gathering several testimonies from former students who were assaulted by lecturers in Nigeria’s premier university, University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.
The media organisation was able to get facts after sending undercover journalists posing as students inside the institutions.
Alleged sexual assault by lecturers has been difficult to prove over the years. Academic institutions in West Africa have increasingly been facing these challenges. This type of abuse is said to be endemic, but it’s almost never proven.
The documentary showed how female reporters were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions – all the while wearing secret cameras.
The project was handled by Kiki Mordi, a radio presenter with the outfit, who is also the African Eye reporter. The documentary revealed a former subdean in the Faculty of Art in UNILAG, who is also ahead pastor of the local Foursquare Gospel Church, Dr Boniface Igheneghu and his Ghanian counterpart, Dr Paul Kwame Butakor.
Watch the video below.