The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has shut-down the ‘Cold Room’, where lecturers allegedly sexually assaulted students, after the ‘Sex for Grade’ documentary video was released by BBC Africa Eye.
This move occurred on Monday by the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit) of the university, Taiwo Oloyede.
Boniface Igbeneghu,who is a lecturer in the school mentioned the‘Cold Room’ in a documentary filmed discretely by the BBC.
Igbeneghu, in the documentary,described the room as a place where lecturers meet to “touch students’ breast” at the staff club of the university.
Igbeneghu speaking further said, “nothing good comes free” and the ‘cold room’ experience is the price some female students have to pay to have good grades.
Meanwhile, just hours after the release of the documentary, the school’s Pro-Chancellor, Dr Wale Babalakin, announced the suspension of Mr Igbeneghu over allegations of sexual assault disclosed in the documentary. He also noted that the university council will investigate the matter as it does not condone such behaviour.
In the same vein, Igbeneghu has been suspended by the Foursquare Church where he is a part-time pastor.
In another development, a Human right activist and lawyer, Jiti Ogunye said, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu who has been accused of sexual harassment in the University of Lagos (UNILAG) needs justice like his alleged victims who also deserve justice.
Ogunye, therefore, called on the University of Lagos authorities and law enforcement agencies to put Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, former sub-dean, Faculty of Arts in the University, and alleged head pastor of the local branch of Foursquare Church, under a protective (twenty-hour surveillance) custody, pending commencement of administrative inquiry and criminal investigations that may be launched into the scandal.