- Abiodun Abudu-Balogun has been suspended by the Ogun state government
- The commissioner was given a marching order over alleged sexual harassment
- Governor Dapo Abiodun said his government will not condone all forms of gender-based violence
Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, the Ogun commissioner for environment, has been suspended by the state government over alleged sexual harassment.
The directive for the suspension of the commissioner was given in a statement on Sunday, January 3, by Tokunbo Talabi, secretary to the state government.
Talabi noted that the suspension would ensure fairness in the investigation, adding that Governor Dapo Abiodun has zero-tolerance for sexual harassment and gender-based violence, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Abudu-Balogun was enmeshed controversy after a 16-year-old girl said to be a student of Victory Model College in Ogun waterside local government area of the state, accused the commissioner of harassment.
Although the commissioner denied the allegation, while speaking in a video that has now gone viral, the teenage girl alleged that Abudu-Balogun sexually exploited her.
In a swift reaction, the Ogun government directed the embattled commissioner to hand over to the permanent secretary of the ministry of environment.
“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."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that be it commendable efforts or another gimmick, the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, July 7, passed the much-awaited 'Sexual Harassment Bill' in what will go down in history as the validation of mounting agitation from gender-based groups.
The bill, which was passed by the upper chamber amid rising violence against female gender, seeks to protect students against randy lecturers in various Nigerian higher institutions and other learning centres.
It was sponsored by the deputy Senate president, Senator Ovie-Omo Agege (Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 105 other senators.
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