Ogun State commissioner Abiodun Abudu-Balogun suspended over alleged sexual harassment
The Ogun State Government has suspended Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Abiodun Abudu-Balogun over reports of alleged sexual harassment.
Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Tokunbo Talabi confirmed the commissioner’s suspension in an effort to help the police independent investigation team its assignment.
Over the weekend, 16-year-old Barakat Melojuekun shared a viral video on Facebook where she accused Hon. Abudu-Balogun of touching her private parts in his Ita Otu residence in Ogun Waterside area of the state.
“Ogun State Government has suspended the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, from office pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment of a 16-year old Barakat Mayowa Melojuekun,” 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. In the meantime, the suspended Commissioner has been directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment,” the statement concluded.