By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Commissioner for Environment Abiodun Abudu-Balogun has denied the allegation of sexual harassment levelled against him by a 16 years old girl saying, that it was the hand work of his detractors.
Narrating his own side of the story, the Commissioner said that in his entire life and political career, he has assisted many youth to secure jobs and never harassed any one sexually.
“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”Mr Balogun said.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi has confirmed that the case is under investigation at Ogbere Area Command office.