SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 08 – The storm is yet to settle after the release of the special BBC Africa documentary exposing sexual corruption among lecturers in the University of Lagos and University of Ghana, Legon. Journalist, Kiki Mordi led a team of undercover investigators posing as students or prospecting students seeking favour and mentorship from some lecturers in the institutions. The video reveals disturbing details about lecturers in West African Universities that have been known for years but have been ignored.
Today’s Echo gives you the profiles of the four lecturers are indicted in this video; two are Nigerians and the other two Ghanaians.
Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu
Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu was a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos (UNILAG) Until his suspension by the church, he also doubled as the head pastor of a Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos. According to his Linkedin profile, he has a PhD in French and Comparative Syntax, obtained in 2010 from the University of Lagos in addition to a Masters in Linguistics from the University of Ibadan.
Dr Boniface is currently under fire, after been exposed as one of the culprits in the BBC video exposing lecturers demanding for sex from students. An undercover journalist known as Kemi posed as a 17-year-old student who wanted an admission at the University of Lagos.
Igbeneghu, who invited the teenager to his office for a number of tutorials, subsequently began to have inappropriate conversations with her. He revealed how his colleagues tossed and passed around UNILAG female students for sex. He also revealed details about a notorious hangout at the University Senior Staff club, called the Cold Room; a place where lecturers go to grope female students.
“Do you know that I am a pastor and I’m in my fifties. 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 hand and I’ll get her,” Igbeneghu said to Kemi on one of her visits to his office.
On another visit to his office, he asked if she would like him to kiss her.
“Switch off that light, I’ll kiss you for a minute,” he said.
Since the break-out of the story, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu has been suspended by both UNILAG and the Foursquare Gospel Church. Both institutions have distanced themselves away from his behaviour.
- Prof. Yaw Gyampo
Prof Yaw Gyampo is a political science expert at the University of Ghana, Legon. He has also been a vising scholar to the university since 2012. Gyampo acquired a Phd in Political Science from Tuft University in 2009.
In the BBC Africa Sex for Grade Documentary, Dr Gyampo is the lecturer that got too uncomfortably close to a student he was supposed to be mentoring, but who was actually an undercover journalist. Dr Gyampo flirted openly with the lady and told her he wanted to marry her, a proposition deemed inappropriate by the ethics of academics. He also demanded she wears high heel shoes to see him.
Dr Gyampo has responded to the video by vehemently denying any act of sexual misconduct and threatening to sue the BBC for defamation.
“Let me state however, that I have not involved myself in the BBC’s so-called sex for grades and will never do so. Their own video documentary evidence could not establish this. I am aware of my University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and I have always adhered to its dogmas,” his statement reads.
- Dr Paul Kwame Butakor
Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor is a lecturer at the Department of Teacher Education of the School of Education and Leadership, University of Ghana. He has a very impressive profile, which can be glimpsed from the University’s website.
Dr. Butakor has worked as a statistics and research methodology consultant at the centre for research in applied measurement and evaluation (CRAME) at the University of Alberta, where he consulted with both faculty and graduate students on areas such as; research design and methodology, psychometric analyses, program evaluation, and appropriate data analyses techniques.
Dr. Butakor holds a PhD (Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition) from the University of Alberta, Canada, MSc. Educational Sciences from the University of Groningen, Netherlands and a Bachelor of Education (Mathematics and Statistics) from the University of Cape Coast. He also holds a post-graduate certificate in Business Administration from the Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration. Dr. Butakor has over six years research experience with in-depth experience in designing and conducting both quantitative and qualitative research.
In the viral BBC video, Dr Butakor is the lecturer demanding that a final year student becomes his side chick; a reserve girlfriend he can play with while his wife is out of the country. The lecturer is seen in one of the scenes telling the lady how a relationship with him would benefit her. Like Gyambo, Dr Butakor has denied all allegations.
- Dr Samuel Oladipo
Dr Oladipo is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Lagos. He holds a Phd in Economics.
Dr Oladipo has written research papers published in both Nigerian and foreign journals. Today’s Echo gathers that his latest research work titled Stock Market and Economic Growth: The Nigerian Experience, was published in August 2019.
While waiting for Kemi, her fellow investigative journalist outside Dr Boniface’s office, Kiki Mordi ran into Dr Oladipo who became attracted to her and started flirting with her right-away.
Kiki said this about her first encounter the randy Economics Lecturer:
“Thinking I was a student, he called me to him and held me by my hand to his office and pressured me to give him my phone number.”
“It was clear, he was more interested in seducing me than in helping me with my academics,” Kiki added.
Dr Oladipo would eventually be the one to take Kiki to the notorious hangout spot for senior lecturers on campus, known as the Cold Room.