Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has suspended Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, a lecturer with the University of Lagos, caught in a video sexually harassing an undercover reporter, who posed as an admission seeker.
Igbeneghu is a former sub-dean of Faculty of Art and head pastor of a local assembly of the church.
He was exposed in the 13 minutes video clip by the BBC Africa, in which an undercover journalist, Kiki Mordi, disguised as a 17-year-old, looking for admission in UNILAG.
The lecturer started by inviting the student for a second meeting, where they held prayer session together till he asked her for a kiss and romance.
National condemnation has trailed the revelation, with former vice president, Atiku Abubakar and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) also reacting to it.
The church, in a statement signed by the its National Secretary, Reverend Ikechukwu Ughaja, on Monday, distanced itself from Igbeneghu’s conduct. It said Igheneghu has been asked to step down from all ministerial assignments.
The statement said: “The attention of the leadership of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has been drawn to a video clip trending on social media platforms titled “Sex for grades:Undercoverin West Africa Universities – BBC News” wherein a lecturer in University of Lagos named Dr. Boniface Igheneghu also described as a pastor in Foursquare Gospel Church was allegedly involved in sexual misconduct with some female students of the university.
“The general public is hereby informed that as a holiness and Bible-believing Church, we do not condone such heinous and unscriptural act among our ministers. We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Dr. Igbeneghu and promise to take appropriate measure as soon as the ongoing investigation is conducted.
“Meanwhile, the pastor in question has been asked to step down from all ministerial assignments.”