Ogun State Police Command says it has commenced investigation into the sexual harassment allegation made by a 16- year- old girl, Barakat Melojuekun, against the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Abiodun Abudu-Balogun.
The girl had accused the Commissioner in a video that has gone viral on social media that he made attempt to sexually harass her.
But in a swift reaction to the allegation in a statement on Saturday, Abudu-Balogun denied it, stating that it was a political blackmail against him by his adversaries.
But the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, however, said the case was presently being investigated by the area commander Ogbere, saying the outcome would be made public.
He said, “The case is presently being investigated by the Area Commander, Ogbere. The outcome will be made public.”
Defending himself, Abudu-Balogun explained that he never made any attempt to sexually harassed the girl.
His statement read, “My attention has been drawn to a purported video circulating on social media of a girl alleging that I attempted to sexually harrass her.
“Let it be noted that in my entire life and political career, I have assisted many youth to secure jobs, some are working with me in my different businesses.
“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 are, people that came to visit me for the New Year. I chatted with the lady for 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 a political blackmail by my adversaries.
“Let me state emphatically that I never attempted to sexually harrass anyone.
“I therefore plead with my fans and loyalists to be calm and not engage anyone on the said matter as it is been handled by the police and my legal team.”