Nigerian University Sacks Lecturers, Gives Reasons

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By Nurudeen Lawal

After months of internal investigations, the University of Lagos, UNILAG, has finally sacked two of its lecturers who were caught up in a sexual scandal. The lecturers, Boniface Igbeneghu and Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo, were first exposed to public view in an independent investigation by the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC in 2019.  Dr Igbeneghu who is also a pastor and his colleague, Dr Oladipo, were caught demanding sex from students in exchange for good grades. 

Founded in 1962, the University of Lagos is a federal government university with the main campus located at Akoka, Yaba, and its College of Medicine located at Idi-Araba in Lagos. 

The institution had earlier suspended Pastor Igbeneghu and Dr. Oladipo to forestall any interference with their investigation by the panel set up by the university to look into the allegations against them. 

About two years after, the university, in a statement on Wednesday, 2 June 2021, announced the lecturers’ dismissal. In a statement posted on its website, the university said their dismissal followed the BBC report and findings of its Senate committee constituted to probe the matter. 

Imo State Business Link Magazine gathers that the immediate sack of the lecturers was approved by the governing council of the institution at its meeting which held on Monday, 31 May 2021. 

In another related report, Afeez Baruwa, a part-time lecturer at the University of Lagos, was in February 2020 sentenced to 21- years in prison by an Ikeja high court for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old admission seeker. Justice Josephine Oyefeso presiding over the case convicted Baruwa of a one-count charge of rape brought against him. 

 In the wake of the BBC report, Aliyu Maigado, a lecturer with the Department of Animal Science, Federal University of Kashere, Gombe state, has challenged any of his students to expose him if he has, at any point in time, sexually harassed or extorted money from them. He said: “I am Aliyu Maigado, a lecturer with Department of Animal Science, Federal University of Kashere, Gombe state. Over the years, I taught several courses and interacted with many students, both male and female. If as my student, I ever extorted money from you, demanded or sexually harassed you, between you and your God, kindly report and expose me. Thank you.” 

Meanwhile, the University of Ibadan mourns Brigadier General Olayinka who was its PhD student and who died in a recent Kaduna plane crash on 21 May 2021. The acting vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Adebola Ekanola, commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over Olayinka’s death. Late Brigadier General Olayinka, 51, hailed from Ikorodu, Lagos state, was an M. Phil/Ph.D. student in the department of Peace, Security and Humanitarian Studies of the Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Ibadan. 

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