UNILAG Sacks Lecturers Involved In BBC’s Sexual Harassment Documentary

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Two lecturers of the University of Lagos; Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies and Dr Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics have been sacked by the Governing Council of the university.

The lecturers were dismissed over the allegation of sexual harassment labelled against them by Africa Eye, a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Investigative Series in October 2019.

BBC had produced a documentary exposing the lecturers for allegedly harassing undercover reporters who pretended to be students in need of help.

The documentary led to massive outcry against various forms of sexual harassment by lecturers in the nation’s higher institutions.

Dismissal of the two lecturers was contained in a statement signed by the Registrar of the university, Azeez Oladejo.

It reads, “The Governing Council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting on Monday, May 31, 2021, approved the immediate dismissal of Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies, Faculty of Arts and Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, from the services of the University.

“Council, at its meeting, considered the report and findings of the Senate Committee set up to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against them in a British Broadcasting Corporation World Service Investigative Series titled, AFRICA EYE, (which centred on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions).

“The Council consequently decided and approved that both Dr Boniface Igbeneghu and Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo be dismissed from the services of the university for misconduct, with effect from Monday, May 31, 2021 in line with section 18 of the University of Lagos Act 1967.

“Council further directed that the management should review the sexual harassment policy as may be necessary and institute effective strategies to prevent future occurrence.”

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