UNILAG suspends another lecturer over BBC’s sex harassment documentar – Independent Observers

UNILAG suspends another lecturer over BBC’s sex harassment documentar

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By Kunle Adedoyin

The University of Lagos, Akoka, has suspended another lecturer over the “sex-for- marks” documentary by the by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Dr Samuel Oladipupo, of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, was suspended after he was found to be also indicted in a sexual harassment documentary.

Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts  had earlier being been suspended over the same issue after an emergency management meeting on Monday.

The BBC’s documentary exposed four lecturers – two from UNILAG and two from the University of Ghana, Legon – for allegedly harassing undercover reporters, who posed as students in need of help.

The release of the footage had drawn outrage from many Nigerians, who demanded that justice be served.

Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, the Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, UNILAG, said Oladipupo, the second lecturer in the documentary, Oladipupo, had also been suspended.   

Meanwhile Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has reacted to the BBC documentary and issues involved in it.

He tweeted, “The revelations in the @BBCAfrica #SexForGrades documentary bring to the fore (the) despicable practices that have victimised too many young people, denied them their sense of self-worth and left them with psychological wounds that often never heal.

“These revelations call for a moment of reckoning, not only for those lecturers, whose abuse of their positions and the trust of their students have been caught on tape, but (also) those who are still hiding in the shadows.

“Our higher institutions, where this culture of abuse has been allowed to thrive, must also acknowledge their responsibility and act to put an end to these shameful practices. We owe our children that much.”

The wife of the President, who was represented by Aisha Rimi during the BBC Africa Eye undercover documentary screening in Lagos, said sexual predators must not go unpunished.

“I assure you of the necessary assistance required of me to ensure that victims, who are sexually harassed, get justice and will be able to speak for themselves,” she said.

The wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi, said she was also a victim of sexual harassment in her university days.

“While watching the BBC Africa Eye undercover investigation, I didn’t know if I was crying or laughing. I cried for the young girls, who are going through situations like this but can’t speak out.

“I think it is time to speak out and we should also support victims of these atrocities. We need to make these sexual predators to face justice.”

The governor’s wife urged schools and states to come up with registers for all sexual offenders for record purposes.

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