The Ogun State Government has suspended Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, Commissioner for Environment, over alleged sexual harassment of an underage girl.
He was accused of sexually harassing Barakat Melojuekun, a 16-year-old.
Tokunbo Talabi, Secretary to the State Government, said in a statement that the commissioner was suspended to enable his cooperation with the police in the investigation of the matter.
“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,” the statement read.