UNILAG, Foursquare Church suspend senior lecturer Who Is A Pastor over sex-for-admission video
The University of Lagos, Akoka, has suspended Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the 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 the 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 the 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.’
At a point in the video, he offered her a wine, asked her to switch off the light in the room so that he could kiss her.
After the young lady didn’t do as he had said, Igbeneghu soon stood up to switch off the light himself before going back on the sofa they both seated to pull her close to himself for what he described as a “cold room” experience.
According to the lecturer, the “cold room” is a place within the school’s staff club where he and his colleagues take female students to for sexual pleasure.
A check on Igbeneghu’s social media profile revealed that he was ordained a pastor of the Foursquare Gospel Church on April 21, 2018, while his wife was made a pastor four months ago.
He had celebrated both occasions on Facebook.
Many angry Nigerians besieged his page to call him out over the documentary.
In a statement on Monday, the Foursquare Gospel Church said it had also suspended the lecturer.
The National Secretary of the church, Ikechukwu Ugbaja, dissociated the church from Igbeneghu’s conduct, adding that appropriate measures would be taken against him.
He said, “The general public is hereby informed that as a holiness and Bible-believing church, we do not condone such heinous and unscriptural acts among our ministers. We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Dr Igbeneghu and promise to take appropriate measures as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded.
“Meanwhile, the pastor in question has been asked to step down from all ministerial assignments.”
The documentary also generated reactions from many Nigerians on the social media, as many condemned the high rate of sex-for-grades in higher institutions in the country.