Ogun State government has suspended the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Hon Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, from office pending the conclusion of the investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment of a 16-year old, Barakat Mayowa Melojuekun.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Sunday said the suspension of the Commissioner was so to make him to cooperate fully with the independent investigation being carried out by the Police.
“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 statement continued.
The government also assured the public that justice will be served in the case.