Commissioner suspended by the Ogun state government over alleged sexual harassment of a 16 year old


Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun has been suspended by the Ogun State Government for attempting rape on a 16 year old Barakat Melojuekun.

In a video that is now viral, Barakat Melojuekun, narrated that on Tuesday 29th of December 2020, she was with a friend waiting for a taxi to take them to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) office to register for their NIN. 

While waiting at the park which is located at Ogun Waterside LG Area, the Commissioner stopped his car and offerred her a lift, she declined. She claimed that they also asked for her number and she said they should collect it from her uncle who works with the Commisioner. 

She went further to say that on Thursday, 31st of December 2020 her uncle took her from her grandmother's home saying he wanted her to operate on a computer since she knows how to operate on it. 

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She was then taken to the Commisioner's house and then to the Commissioner's room by one Mr Akin who stepped out as soon as the Commissioner came in. She claimed he locked the door behind her and asked her questions about her education and how much money she needed at the moment.  

Commisssioner Abiodun further went to touch her breast and moved over her body, she claimed he placed his hands on her head and was saying some incantations, she started shouting and he was forced to let her go so her should would'nt attract attention. 

She pleaded with Nigerians to please take up this case and help her do something because she has never been harassed in this manner. 

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The commissioner released a statement denying the allegation. He described the video as “teleguided” and “political blackmail by my adversaries.”

In a statement issued by The Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Tolani on Sunday January 3. The suspension of the commissioner was annouced, he explained that this was done to enable the accused Commissioner cooperate with the investigations being carried out.

The statement read: 

“Whilst taking cognisance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocent until proven guilty and the public statement issued by Honourable Abudu-Balogun denying the allegation, as a government with zero tolerance for gender-based violence and indeed any criminality, the suspension is a further demonstration of the commitment of Dapo Abiodun administration to fairness, equity, justice and the rule of law, no matter who is involved,”.


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