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Sexual harrassment: Not yet uhuru for suspended Ogun commissioner as police insists on probe

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The trouble for the suspended Commissioner of Environment in Ogun State, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun is not over though the victim and Father announced their position to backout of the controversial issue as the police will not take such soft landing for the embattled Abudu-Balogun.

The police has insisted it will go ahead with the investigation and prosecution over allegation of sexual harassment against him by a 16-year-old secondary school girl, Barakat Mayowa Melojuekun.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this on Monday in Abeokuta.

He disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Edward. A. Ajogun, had ordered that the case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Police headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, the state capital.
On whether the victim’s family had officially withdrawn the case against the commissioner, Oyeyemi said, “The father of the victim has no locus standi for him to tell the police that he is no longer pressing charges against the commissioner because he is not our complainant.

“He is not the person that was directly involved in the case. The victim is his daughter and even the daughter herself cannot withdraw the case because she is an underage.

“Secondly, the case is an offense committed against the state, so they are no longer complainants; it is the commissioner of police versus the suspect (Abudu-Balogun),” Oyeyemi said.
Barakat, who is a student of Victory Model College, in Ogun Waterside LGA, made the allegation in a video posted on Facebook on Saturday.

The teenager alleged that Abudu-Balogun, who was a member of the House of Representatives, connived with her uncle and a teacher to lure her to the commissioner’s residence at Ita Otu, Ogun Waterside LG.

She said she was lured to the commissioner’s house on the pretence that Abudu-Balogun would assist her in securing a job as computer operator.

Narrating her ordeal, she said: “On getting to Abudu’s house at Ita Otu, he said I should sit down inside the car that I must not get down.

Then a lady, Mariam Eniola from Ita Otu came to take me to one living room. Then Mr. Austin entered and asked, 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 honourable’s house.

“The honourable then came in and Mr. Austin (a teacher) went out. Honourable 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 paying 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 a 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 I 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 N2,000 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.”
In a swift reaction from Ogun State Government a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, on Sunday, announced the commissioner’s suspension from office “pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegation of sexual harassment.”

Reacting, the commissioner, in a statement described the allegation as “political blackmail” by those he called his “adversaries.”

“Let me state emphatically that I never attempted to sexually harass anyone,” he said.

Not long after, in what appears to be another twist, on Sunday night, the teenager appeared on another short video where she said there were misconceptions and misunderstanding about her and the commissioner.

In the 36 seconds video which was circulated on various social media platforms, the girl thanked all Nigerians for the love and interest in the case. She appealed to the media and Nigerians to allow the matter to be laid to rest.

She said, “You can recall that I was the young lady in the viral video about sexual harassment by Commissioner for Environment in Ogun State.

“I am using this opportunity to thank all well-meaning Nigerians that show their support and love towards this matter.

“And I want you to know that there were misconceptions and misunderstanding between me and the commissioner. I now want to use this opportunity to appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to please allow this matter to be laid to rest, thanks.”

Also speaking, Barakat’s father, Melojuekun Monsuru, in another video insisted that he was no longer interested in pursuing the case against the commissioner.

“Sincerely, I discovered that there were few misconceptions and misunderstandings along the line between my daughter and the honourable commissioner. And having discovered this, I deem it fit to come to the public and inform Nigerians and the international community that this matter should be allowed to be laid to rest.

“I don’t have interest in this matter again. I’m withdrawing my case and I want them as well to support me the same way they did in the beginning of this matter. Thank you very much, I’m very grateful for the show of love and support,” Mr Melojuekun said.

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Again, corruption allegations lands Okorocha in EFCC net

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Tuesday was another day in the life of the embattled former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha that he will detest, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) arrested him at his office in Abuja over alleged money laundering.

The spokesperson of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the arrest, said it us true. “Okorocha has been arrested by our men”.
Although the reason for his arrest has not been officially disclosed by the anti-graft agency, the Senator reportedly failed to honour invitations by the agency.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had accused Okorocha of misappropriating state funds.
In February, the lawmaker accused Governor Hope Uzodinma of unleashing the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against him.

Okorocha said the state government had not been able to prove corruption allegations against him and family in court.
“I was never a poor man before I became governor of Imo state. I came here, brought my children to invest, brought everybody to invest”, he had said.

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FCT Police Loses Operative, Launches Rescue Operation for Kidnapped Victims

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FCT Police Loses Operative, Launches Rescue Operation for Kidnapped Victims

The FCT Police Command has lost one of its gallant officers, Inspector Ambi John attached to Operation Puff Adder.
This was contained in a press release issued by ASP Yusuf Mariam
Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Police Command, Abuja.
The men of the Police command the statement indicated, had repelled multiple attacks by suspected kidnappers in the wee hours of Tuesday 13th April,2021 along Dankusa, Angwan-Zegele-Zuba axis.
The statement explained further that Adder had sustained fatal gunshot injuries during the operation and was rushed to the hospital where he died while receiving treatment.

The statement reads in part, “Following a distress call from Angwan Zegele, a joint team of Police Operatives from the Command and Operation Puff Adder responded promptly as they engaged the heavily armed hoodlums in a fierce gun battle.

However, it stated that the Command had launched a strategic operation to rescue four persons abducted from Dankusa still in the custody of the hoodlums who escaped into the forest bordering the FCT and Niger State. “Nonetheless, Operatives of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad have made some arrests in connection with the abduction.
“In view of the above, the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma wishes to commiserate with the family of the officer who paid the supreme price in service to the Nation.
The command reiterated its determination to ensuring that all the victims are safely reunited with their families.
Furthermore, the Commissioner of Police reassured residents of the Command’s undeterred resolve to secure lives and property within the FCT.
He implored residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these some numbers that 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.
He urged the public to report the conduct of Police Officers by calling the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) number :09022222352

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AESID to Police, DSS: Mop up illegal arms in circulation in Ebonyi

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AESID to Police, DSS: Mop up illegal arms in circulation in Ebonyi

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called on all the security agencies to urgently mop up all the illegal arms and ammunition in the hands of unauthorised persons, especially political thugs in the state.

The association revealed that it has gotten information on how some top politicians have shared illegal weapons for some political thugs to cause mayhem in the state.

In a statement released Tuesday in Abuja by the AESID President, Paschal Oluchukwu, urged the security agencies to step their game in protecting innocent citizens and opposition elements in Ebonyi state.

“We urge the new IGP to kindly investigate these allegations and not only recover such arms from such unauthorized citizens but also adequately protect the lives snd businesses of opposition leaders and members and indeed, all those opposition political parties in Ebonyi from the planned onslaught against them.

“We therefore urge the security agencies in the state to act professionally and protect all citizens of the state from the common internal and external aggressors cum attackers. For as we have always maintained, Ebonyi will yet exist beyond the over 700 days that Governor Umahi has to stay put in the Government House, Abakaliki.

“The Governor and his so-called ruling party should therefore learn to live, and let live and learn how to face governance and accountability to the people, not playing politics with every matter, no matter how delicate or life threatening there may be.”

The group said it condemn the recent view expressed on a national Television by a Commissioner for Border and Internal Security, Stanley Okoro, where he alleged blamed the worsening insecurity in the state on the opposition leaders.

“Like the proverbial bad carpenter who often blames the nails and never the hammer for all his woes, Okoro Emegha was only concerned about absolving his paymaster from the blames of insecurity in Ebonyi and setting up leaders of opposition for violent attacks from the agencies of government.

“AESID outrightly condemns this posture of a government that has only given Ebonyians the pains and agonies of blood-letting attacks since it claimed to have connected the state to the centre.”

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