Sexual Harassment: Ogun Slams Suspension On Commissioner

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Mr. Abiodun Abudu-Balogun

Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, Ogun State commissioner for environment, has been suspended from office over an alleged sexual harassment of an underage girl.

The underage girl, 16, said to be a student of Victory Model College in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state, made the allegation in a video that has gone viral on the internet.

Abudu-Balogun denied the allegation.

But in a statement on Sunday, Tokunbo Talabi, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), said the suspension would ensure that there was fairness in the investigation, adding that the administration of Dapo Abiodun, Ogun governor, had zero tolerance for gender-based violence.

Said Talabi: “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”.

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