The awe-inspiring British Broadcasting Corporation’s “Sex for Marks’ investigative report recently released has ignited death threats on the part of the journalist who anchored the in-depth report.
The report whose inquiry spanned about one year and prominently featuring key institutions of learning in Nigeria and Ghana has become a springboard for death threats on the life of the Kiki Mordi, the Anchor and lead figure in the story against sexual harassment in higher institutions of learning.
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Kiki Mordi, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) investigative journalist that uncovered the sexual harassment in universities shortly after the report was on air revealed that she has received subtle threats since the report went viral.
According to the journalist, her interest in the investigation was driven by her personal experience which saw her dropping out of the University and yet to become a graduate.
In a chat with Sahara Reporters, she said; “I have received subtle threats since this work was completed but I am not bothered because the BBC takes the security of employees seriously.
Before embarking on this project, the team prayed a lot and also sang because it helped to calm the nerves.
But I had to go through the training I received over and over again because I wanted to get it right.
The biggest goal of this work was to be louder than the aggressor because sexual harassment is very loud.
I wanted it to be silenced.
I am happy that a lot is changing already since the documentary was released and I can confirm to you that one of the lecturers at the University of Lagos caught sexually harassing a prospective student has been dismissed by the institution.
I believe it doesn’t stop there until there is a conviction. We have to break that culture of impunity.”
In the documentary, some West African lecturers namely Professor Ransford Gyampo, University of Ghana; Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor, University of Ghana; and Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of University Lagos have been exposed for allegedly harassing their female students for sex for marks.
While their respective institutions have commenced investigations into the matter, the Unilag lecturer, Dr. Igbeneghu, who is also a minister of God, was said to have been dismissed by the institution while his church has also asked him to step down from his ministerial services.