Institutions of Higher learning in West Africa have increasingly been facing allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers. This type of abuse is deep rooted in many African Universities.
Proving these allegations has never been an easy task and it involved gathering dozens of testimonies.
It involved a lot of risks as BBC Africa had to send female undercover journalists to pose as students in this institutions in order to get to the bottom of the matter.
Female reporters were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions – all the while wearing secret cameras.
An investigation done by the BBC has exposed how lecturers have been soliciting for sex from female students in exchange for good grades.
Secret cameras planted during the expose recorded sexually starved lecturers from the University of Ghana and University of Lagos soliciting for sex from undercover female journalists who posed as University students.
A senior lecturer from the University of Lagos and a dean in the faculty of arts, who has in the past been accused of soliciting for sex from students, was recorded by secret cameras soliciting for sex from a BBC journalist, who had disguised herself as a student interested in joining the University after completing high school.
The lecturer, who is in his 50s, bragged how he uses money and a sweet tongue to sleep with younger ladies and demanded for sex from the undercover journalist to secure her a place at the University.
Interestingly, the lecturer is a pastor and runs a church in Lagos.
At University of Ghana, another notorious lecturer who is identified as, Dr Paul Kwame, was recorded soliciting for sex from a BBC undercover journalist who posed as a final year student interested in doing Masters
Claims have surfaced online alleging UNILAG lecturer, Dr. Boniface Igbenehue who was featured in BBC’s #sexforgrades documentary attempted suicide last night and he is now allegedly at Reddington hospital, under supervision.
Boniface Igbenehue attempted suicide last night & is currently in Reddington hospital, under supervision.
We need him alive to face the university’s disciplinary panel & be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. #SexForGrades
— JJ (@juiciestofjays) October 8, 2019