Foursquare Gospel Church has asked Prof Boniface Igbeneghu, Senior lecturer at the University of Lagos and one of the Pastors of a local branch of its church to step down after a BBC documentary cites him for sexual harassment.
Prof Boniface is one of a couple of lecturers caught soliciting sex for grades in a BBC documentary detailing sexual harassment on university campuses in Nigeria and Ghana.
In one instance, Boniface is seen praying with the undercover journalist before asking her to kiss him and threatening to make life miserable for her on campus if she fails to honour his subsequent invitations.
“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,” the church said in a statement.
“Wherein a lecturer in University of Lagos named Dr. 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 a holiness and Bible-believing Church, we do not condone such heinous and unscriptural act among our ministers."
The church would go on to ask Pastor Boniface to vacate the altar with immediate effect.
“We totally dissociate ourselves from the purported conduct of Dr. Igbenoghu and promise to take appropriate measure as soon as the ongoing investigation is concluded.
“Meanwhile, the pastor in question has been asked to step down from all ministerial assignments,'' the church concluded in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Rev. Ikechukwu Ugbaja.