Reports we are receiving indicate that The Foursquare Gospel Church which is in Nigeria has asked Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos, Akoka, to step down from all ministerial assignments.
This was released in a statement on Monday by the National Secretary of the church, Ikechukwu Ugbaja, after the lecturer who is also a leader of the church was fingered in a recent documentary.
The church vehemently dissociated itself from Igbeneghu, adding that appropriate measures would be taken against him.
The associate professor had been filmed making sexual advances at a ‘prospective student’ of the University of Lagos.
The ‘student’ who was actually an undercover reporter, initially introduced herself to Igbeneghu as an admission seeker.
She had also told the lecturer she was 17 years old which is under the legal age for sexual activities by an adult. The senior lecturer had shut the door against her and demanded a kiss, as he drew her closer to himself.
The video had attracted so many criticisms from Nigerians, who demanded that the lecturer be punished. The church’s national secretary said action was being taken on the matter.
The statement from the church’s national secretary reads;
“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:
Undercover in West Africa Universities – BBC News’ wherein a lecturer at the University of Lagos named Boniface Igbeneghu, 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 holiness and Bible-believing church, we do not condone such heinous and unscriptural acts among our ministers. We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Dr. Igbeneghu and promise to take appropriate measures as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded.
Meanwhile, the pastor in question has been asked to step down from all ministerial assignments.”