The man of God caught in the web of sex for grades scandal trending on social media since Monday morning, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, has been suspended by leadership of his church, Foursquare Gospel Church.
Mr Igbeneghu is a lecturer in the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and was filmed by an undercover journalist, Kiki Mordi, attempting to sexually molest her after she claimed to be a 17-year girl seeking admission into the school.
The senior don, who promised to assist in securing an admission for his victim, also talked about a ‘cold room‘ where other lecturers of UNILAG use as a ‘slaughter slabs‘ for girls.
Foursquare Gospel Church, where Mr Igbeneghu also works as a minister, dissociated itself from his act and announced suspending him with immediate effect.
The Foursquare Gospel Church Statement
“The attention of the leadership of The Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has been drawn to a video clip trending on social media platforms titled “Sex for grades: Undercover in West Africa Universities – BBC News” wherein a lecturer in University of Lagos named Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu also described as a pastor in Foursquare Gospel Church was allegedly involved in sexual misconduct with some female students of the university.
“The general public is hereby informed that as a holiness and Bible-believing Church, we do not condone such heinous and unscriptural act among our ministers.
“We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Dr. Igbeneghu and promise to take appropriate measure as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded.
“Meanwhile, the pastor in question has been asked to step down from all ministerial assignments,” the statement issued and signed by the church’s national secretary, Rev lkechukwu Ugbaja, said.
A similar incident
Business Post reports that this is not the first time a lecturer, who doubles as a pastor is involved in sex for marks scandal.
In 2018, Professor Richard Akindele accused of demanding sex from one of his female students, Ms Monica Osagie, as condition to get a pass mark in his course. He was a lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) as well as pastor of a local church. His matter became known after an audio recording of his demand for sex was released on social media.
Later in the same year, a court in Osun State, where the school is located, sentenced him to two years in prison after he had changed his not-guilty plea to guilty.
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