Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, has been suspended by the state government for alleged sexual harassement of an underaged girl.
The Commissioner was alleged to have harassed a 16-year-old Barakat Melojuekun.
According to a the government, the suspension will last pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegation.
In statement issued in Abeokuta on Sunday by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, the government said the suspension was necessary to allow him cooperate with police investigation.
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.”