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Ogun sexual harassment saga: Father of teenager says family not pursuing case against accused commissioner


By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta

Adesola Melojuekun, the father of the girl at the heart of the sexual harassment allegation against suspended Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, on Monday announced that he was no longer interested in the government investigation into the matter.

Melojuekun’s 16-year-old daughter, Cityvoice reports, had in a viral video on Saturday accused the Commissioner, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun of harassing her in his house by touching her breasts and caressing her, while reciting incantations.

In a swift reaction, State Government in a statement on Sunday signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi suspended the Commissioner pending outcome of police investigations.

But few hours after the suspension, the 16-year-old girl came out in another video to say she wanted the matter to be laid to rest.

The father of the teenager also came out to say he did not have interest in the case anymore.

Adesola said he had discovered that, “There were a few misconceptions and misunderstanding along the line between my daughter and the commissioner.

“Having discovered this, I deem it fit to inform the public and the international community that this matter should be laid to rest.

“As the father to Melojuekun Barakat, I want to appeal to the public, the international community and the media that I don’t have interest in this matter again.

“I am withdrawing my case and I want them to support me the same way they did in the beginning of this matter,” the father pleaded.

Abudu-Balogun had on Saturday denied the allegation, stating that he never made any attempt to sexually harassed the girl.

The state police command however stated the new development would not stop its investigation.