Sex for grades: University lecturers in Nigeria and Ghana implicated in BBC exposé

Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor is a lecturer at the University of Ghana
  • The BBC has released excerpts of an investigative piece it is yet to premier.
  • The investigation was conducted in the University of Ghana (UG) and the University of Lagos (Unilag).
  • Two lecturers captured in the video both asked to have an amorous relationship with the reporters who posed as students who needed help.

Lecturers from the University of Ghana (UG) and the University of Lagos (Unilag) have been caught up in the “sex for grades” investigations carried out by BBC Africa Eye.

This was seen in an excerpt of a documentary ahead of its full premiere.

In the video, a lecturer at the College Of Education, Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor, was seen to be having an allegedly inappropriate conversation with a reporter who posed as a Postgraduate student. 

In the video he asked to be the reporter’s “Side boy”.

Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor however, denied the claims, according to the report.

Meanwhile, a lecturer at Unilag Dr Boniface Igbeneghu was also captured asking a student to kiss him and later meet in a ‘cold room’.

The ‘cold room’ according to Dr Igbeneghu, is a secret place where lecturers invite students. He said it was the upper part of the staff club where lecturers take female students “to go and smooch them and romance them.”

Dr Igbeneghu is a senior lecturer in the faculty of arts. He is also a former sub-dean and the head pastor of the local Foursquare Gospel Church.

This documentary was commissioned after many allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers that have hovered over tertiary institutions.

“This type of abuse is said to be endemic, but it’s almost never proven,” the BBC report said.

After initial interviews which lasted for about 9 months, the BBC Africa Eye sent undercover journalists who posed as students inside Unilag and UG.

According to the lead reporter in the exposé, Kiki Mordi, she was also a victim of sexual harassment when she was in school.

The BBC says its female reporters were “sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions” while they were wearing secret cameras.

The except released focused more on Unilag and Dr Igbeneghu who allegedly attempted to propose to a student seeking admission into the school.

It is expected that more lectures will be implicated in the exposé.

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