Following an allegation of sexual harrassment by Miss Barakat, a 16 year old student, the Ogun state commissioner for Enviroment, Mr Abiodun Abudu Balogun has denied his involvement describing the allegation as handiworks of his political opponent.
“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.”
Abudu added it was after his refusal to yield to threats by Barak at families that they went ahead to make a teleguided video leading the lady on what to say to implicate him.
“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.”he added.