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President Muhammadu Buhari (Image: State House)

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged victims of sexual harassment not to cover up cases of abuse but report incidents to relevant agencies.

The President made this known in a statement on Friday.

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Buhari was reacting to the BBC documentary showing how a lecturer at University of Lagos Dr Boniface Igbeneghu was caught on camera soliciting sex from an “admission seeker,” and how Dr. Samuel Oladipo was caught on video soliciting sex from a “student that wants to change course of study.”

The institution had announced the suspension of Igbeneghu on Monday, while Oladipo was suspended on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the institution said that it was awaiting information from the panel set up in June 2018 to investigate allegation of sexual harassment of another professor.

Speaking further, President Buhari condemned the cases of sexual violence in tertiary institutions.

He stressed the need for stricter laws to prevent girls from being abused in schools, noting the incidents at the University of Lagos.

The President stated that he was happy that the revelation had spurred an amendment to the nation’s laws regarding the issue in the National Assembly.

Buhari gave assurance that such proposed amendments passed by the Legislature would get his support as long as they conform to Nigeria’s Constitution.

He urged law enforcement agencies and school administrators to take up such cases with every seriousness and ensure that perpetrators face the consequences of their actions.

Buhari said: “Survivors and their families must avoid cover-up. They should be encouraged to come forth and report cases of abuses wherever and whenever they occur.”

“The country must do more to address incidents of sexual violence, sexual abuses in our schools, discrimination, human trafficking and cultural practices that violate women’s rights.”