Following the transmission of a BBC Africa Eye documentary, “Sex for Grades” in which two lecturers of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) were indicted, the higher institution has constituted a panel to probe Dr Boniface Igheneghu and Dr Samuel Oladipo for sexual harassment allegations.
A statement signed by the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit), Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, also noted that Oladipo of the Department of Economics had been suspended.
The panel, headed by Dean Faculty of Law, Ayodele Atsenuwa, would investigate the allegations of sexual harassment against the two lecturers exposed by a BBC Africa Eye documentary, “Sex for Grades”.
The statement reads: “The University of Lagos Management has set up a panel headed by Professor Ayodele V. Atsenuwa, a Professor of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos and the incumbent Dean of the Faculty.
“The Panel will probe into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts and Dr Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences as well as other related cases.
“As previously announced in the University’s Press Release dated Monday, October 7, 2019, Dr Samuel Oladipo who was featured in the full version of the BBC broadcast, has been suspended from work with immediate effect and barred from the University academic areas until the conclusion of the Panel’s assignment.”
The statement also noted that a pending investigation against another unnamed lecturer was still on, urging students with information to come forward.
“The University wishes to inform the general public that the panel set up to investigate another allegation of sexual harassment involving a Professor in the University in June 2018 still subsists and awaits further information that will aid in concluding the investigation.
“Students and members of staff who have relevant information are encouraged to come forward.
“Their protection is assured.
“We firmly reassure all our students, staff, alumni, parents and guardians that this matter will be tackled with every sense of responsibility, and the seriousness it deserves. The whole process will be transparent and appropriate sanctions will be meted out to anyone found culpable,” the statement noted.