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Ogun State Commissioner for Environment denies alleged sexual harassment of a 16-year-old secondary school student

by Mustapha Olamide
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The Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, has denied any involvement in harassment as alleged during a viral video circulating on social media.

In the video which went viral on January 1, a 16-year-old secondary school student identified as Barakat Mayowa alleged that the commissioner had sexually harassed her when she visited his home on New Year’s Eve , 2020, in Ibiade town, Ogun Waterside government Area of the state.

Mayowa alleged that she had gone to the commissioner’s house within the company of her uncle, Mr Lasisi Saheed aka Mayor, who had informed her that the commissioner was checking out computer literates for employment.

She stated that it had been while she was with the commissioner that he had attempted to rape her and was only abandoning after resisting and threatening to shout out for assistance.

Commissioner Abudu-Balogun has however during a statement he personally signed on Saturday described the allegation as a lie and ‘political blackmail’ from his adversaries.

Abudu-Balogun, a former member of the House of Representatives, said that he has used his position to empower children and to not sexually harass or molest them.

His statement reads:

‘On this said day, the girl was brought to my house by one of my loyalists who is her uncle, to assist her get a job as a Computer Operator at the ICT Centre I facilitated while I was serving as a member of House of Representatives years back, which has been moribund but I am about to rehabilitate in order to empower more youths in our local government.

‘I met her at my sitting room for few minutes where many of my loyalists were, people that came to visit me for the New Year. I chatted with the lady for a few minutes and as part of my usual gesture, I gave her some amount of money for her transportation.

‘A day after, I was informed by some people that I have been alleged to have attempted to sexually harrass the girl and I should invite the family for a meeting so as to settle the matter amicably. It was after my refusal to yield to their threats that they went ahead to make a teleguided video leading the lady on what to say to implicate me. This is purely political blackmail by my adversaries.

‘Let me state emphatically that I never attempted to sexually harass anyone. I, therefore, plead with my fans and loyalists to be calm and not engage anyone on the said matter as it is being handled by the police and my legal team.’

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