Ogun Traditional Rulers Lobbying Gov. Abiodun To Reinstate Sack Commissioner - CAVEAT TIMES


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Ogun Traditional Rulers Lobbying Gov. Abiodun To Reinstate Sack Commissioner

The suspension of the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Hon Abiodun Abudu-Balogun over the alleged sexual harassment of a teenage girl, Barakat Melojueku has makes some personalities including the traditional rulers to had been Lobbying for his reinstatement.

According to the recent reports on Sunday, some kinsmen and traditional rulers in the homestead of the Commissioner, Ibiade in Ijebu North-East local government area of Ogun state have been making frantic effort to reinstate their son (Commissioner).

It would be recalled that the said Commissioner was suspended by the state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
According to a THISDAY report published on Sunday, some eminent personalities in Ogun State including traditional rulers have been lobbying the state governor, Mr. Dapo Abiodun to reinstate the embattled Commissioner.

However, the Ogun State Police Command has submitted its report on the allegation, thereby putting the fate of the suspended commissioner under uncertainty.

Multiple sources confided in THISDAY at the weekend that eminent personalities in the state had been reaching out “to give the embattled ex-commissioner, a soft-landing.”

The governor had suspended Abudu-Balogun following an allegation by a 16-year-old secondary school student from his Waterside council, Miss Barakat Melojuekun that she was almost raped by the commissioner.

The incident, according to little Barakat, occurred inside Abudu-Balogun’s bedroom, during which she was allegedly lured in to type some documents for a fee.

But Abudu-Balogun swiftly denied the allegation, saying it was an attempt to rubbish his hard-earned reputation.

However, the Ogun State Police Command yesterday updated THISDAY on the extent of investigations into the riveting case.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, admitted that the command “has concluded investigation in the allegation against the suspended commissioner and sent our report to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).”

Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, declined to divulge the content of the police report, insisting that he would not give details about the report.

Also, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abiodun, Mr. Kunle Somorin, said the state government was only waiting for the police  report before it could raise a probe panel on the alleged scandal.

According to Somorin, the government has not set up a probe panel because it is awaiting police reports on the allegations.

With the fate of the suspended commissioner hanging in the balance, THISDAY also gathered that eminent personalities and traditional rulers from the state had spearheaded a form of rapprochement with key government officials, to reinstate the suspended commissioner.

A source, who privately spoke with THISDAY, said some royal fathers “are anchoring his pleading on the fact that the father of little Barakat had asked all to take the issue as bygones and that there was no allegation that the girl was raped by the commissioner.”

Another source told THISDAY that the girl only made the allegation at a police station and no family member had come out to say they were confided in as alleged, which is alien in Yorubaland.

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