Ogun State Government has suspended the Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, from office for alleged sexual harassment of an underaged girl, a statement on Sunday by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, said
This comes after a video went viral on the internet, in which 16-year-old Barakat Melojuekun accused Mr. Balogun of trying to have sex with her at a private residence.
The government said the commissioner remains suspended pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegation, noting that it is to enable him to cooperate fully with the independent investigation being carried out by the Police.
The statement read “whilst taking cognizance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocent until proven guilty and the public statement issued by Hon. 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 Prince Dapo Abiodun Administration to fairness, equity, justice and the rule of law, no matter who is involved.
“The government assures the public that it will do everything to ensure that justice is served in this case.”