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A 16-year-old secondary school student, Barakat Melojuekun, has accused the Ogun state commissioner for environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, of sexually harassing her in his private residence.
Barakat, who is a student of Victory Model College, in Ogun waterside local government area, made the allegation in a viral video posted on facebook on January 2nd.
The underaged girl alleged that the commissioner connived with her uncle and a school teacher to lure her to his house, where he sexually harassed her.
Narrating her ordeal in the viral video, she said, “On 29th December, 2020, I was on my way to the NIN office to do my NIN. So I came across this man called Honorable Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, who is the current commissioner for environment, at Ibiade motocycle park. I was discussing with my friend, and he called me saying he knows me somewhere, and I said, I did not know him.
“He said maybe I resemble the person; he asked where I live, I told him I live in Ita-Ogun, he said Okay, and said I can take my leave.
“When I wanted to leave the scene, he sent a guy named Seun from the park to come and collect my phone number, I now told the guy to tell the honorable to go and collect my phone number from Mr. Lasisi Saheed aka Mayor who is an elder brother to my father.
“Mr. Austin, a teacher at Illusin grammar school started disturbing my friend to release my number, and that one released my number to them. Mr Austin then called me and ask where I was, I told him that I was at the NIN office to register my NIN, he said I should come and meet him at Ibiade park. I said ‘okay sir’. When I finished I went home straight, Mr. Austin then called me that night and asked why I did not meet him at the park, then I said I was in a hurry to go home that I had something to do at home, he said okay.
“On 31st of December, Mr. Lasisi Mayor went to my grand parents and told them that someone needed a computer operator. He asked if I could operate a computer and I said yes, I can. He said I should go and change my clothes, that I am going to meet someone who needs a computer operator.
“On getting to Honorable Abudu’s house at Ita Otu, he said I should sit down inside the car that I must not get down. Then a lady, named Mariam Eniola from Ita Out came to take me to one living room. Then Mr. Austin entered and ask, why did I not pick my phone yesterday, I answered that I was not with my phone, he said okay, then took me to a room inside the honorable’s house.
“The honorable then came in and Mr. Austin went out. Honorable Abudu locked the door instantly and put the key in his pocket. So he moved closer to me and asked the name of my school; he said how much is my school fees and I told him that it is N30,000; he asked me the person payin my school fees, I told him that it is my dad. He said okay that one is small thing. He said do I plan to start a business, I said no, that I want to go to an higher institution first. He said how much would I need, I said any amount; he said I should state an amount, I said any amount.
“He moved closer to me and he touched my breast; I moved away that he should not touch my breast, he asked me that won’t I cooperate, I said why will I cooperate. Then he started pressing my breast and my body; I was struggling to free myself from him. Then he started reciting some incantation and wanted to place his hands on my head, I moved my head and said he should not touch my head. He wanted to force me inside the bathroom, then I started shouting.
“Because people are around his compound and he did not want them to know what was happening, he left me; he gave me 2000 for transport and asked me to leave; I rejected the money; he said if I don’t accept the money, he won’t let go of me. So I collected the money and he opened the door.
“He then told Mr. Austin to take me to our house.
“This has never happened to me in my life”
Meanwhile, the commissioner, in his reaction to the allegation, said the girl’s uncle, who is his loyalist, brought her to his house so he could help her get a job as a computer operator.
Mr. Abudu-Balogun described the video as “teleguided” and claimed that the minor was being used to implicate him”