The University of Lagos has announced the shut down of the ‘Cold Room’, where lecturers allegedly sexually harass students and has also suspended alleged sex-for-grades lecturer, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu who is also a local pastor in Foursquare Gospel Church.
However, the ‘Cold Room’s according to the statement, was constructed for staff meetings, seminars and events which were not what the lecturers use it for.
The university, in a statement signed by the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit), Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, also barred Igbeneghu from campus academic areas unless invited by Disciplinary Panel for questioning.
The statement reads:
“The University of Lagos Management today suspended Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts who was caught in a sting operation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) titled “Sex for Grades.”
“The trending video chronicled cases of sexual harassment of female students by some lecturers in some West African Universities, including University of Lagos.”
“Management at its emergency meeting of October 7, 2019 suspended Dr. Igbeneghu from work immediately and barred him from the University academic areas while the suspension subsists unless invited by a Panel constituted by the University to investigate the matter.”
“In addition to this, 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 (meetings, seminars, events, etc.).”
“The university assures members of the public that any other lecturer mentioned in the full version of the operation which is to be aired later today, will also be suspended to ensure a proper investigation is carried out.”
“The University is embarrassed and dissociates itself totally from this act(s) and any inappropriate behaviour of staff with female students and vice versa. The University has a well-articulated “Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual and Romantic Relationships.”