The University of Lagos has suspended a second lecturer, Dr. Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences after he was indicted for sexually harassing students in a documentary produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The BBC had produced a documentary exposing four lecturers, two from the University of Lagos and two from the University of Ghana, Legon for allegedly harassing undercover reporters posing as students in need of help.
The release of the footage had drawn outrage from many people, most of who demanded that justice be served to all those found culpable.
Recall that after an emergency management meeting on Monday, UNILAG suspended one of the lecturers featured in the documentary, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts.
The Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit of the institution, Taiwo Oloyede, told reporters on Tuesday that the second lecturer featured in the full documentary, Oladipo had also been suspended.
Reacting to the development, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila called for the prosecution of the lecturers indicted in the documentary and called for the cleansing of the education system.
Gbajabiamila, while reacting to the scandal in a series of tweets lamented the extent of the damage caused by sexual assaults to young people by people in authority.
He tweeted: “The revelations in the @BBCAfrica #SexForGrades documentary bring to the fore, the despicable practices that have victimized too many young people, denied them their sense of self-worth and left them with psychological wounds that often never heal.
“These revelations call for a moment of reckoning, not only for those lecturers whose abuse of their positions and the trust of their students have been caught on tape but those who are still hiding in the shadows.
“Our higher institutions, where this culture of abuse has been allowed to thrive must also acknowledge their responsibility and act to put an end to these shameful practices. We owe our children that much.”
On its part, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said in order to sanitize the University system in Nigeria, a thorough investigation and appropriate sanctions for lecturers indicted in the documentary must be carried out.
The UNILAG ASUU Chairman, Dr. Dele Ashiru on Tuesday said that the Union was against all forms of unethical practices, including sexual harassment in all higher institutions across the country.
“The development is very disturbing and unfortunate. We have appealed to our colleagues to understand that as lecturers, we stand in loco parentis to these students and must not be perceived in any way as not protective.
“We condemn this act of shame in its entirety and want the matter to be thoroughly investigated and appropriate sanctions meted out to all those found culpable,” Ashiru said.