The Ogun State government has suspended the Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun.
Mr Abudu-Balogun was suspended from office over an allegation of sexual harassment of a 16-year-old girl identified as Barakat Mayowa Melojuekun.
In a statement issued on Sunday in Abeokuta, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, announced the suspension of the commissioner pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegation.
He explained that the state government decided to suspend Abudu-Balogun to enable him to cooperate fully with the independent investigation being carried out by the police.
“Whilst taking cognisance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocent until proven guilty and the public statement issued by Honourable 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 Dapo Abiodun administration to fairness, equity, justice and the rule of law, no matter who is involved,” the statement read.
Talabi assured the residents that the stated government would do everything necessary to ensure that justice was served in the case.
He disclosed that the suspended commissioner has been directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary at the State Ministry of Environment.
Alleged Sexual Assault: Ekiti Police Helping APC Govt To Hunt Opposition, I’m Not In Hiding – Ex-Lawmaker Dr Omotoso
Alleged Sexual Assault: Ekiti Police Helping APC Govt To Hunt Opposition, I’m Not In Hiding – Ex-Lawmaker Dr Omotoso.
Former member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon (Dr) Samuel Omotoso has accused the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Dele Mobayo of being used as tool by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of Governor Kayode Fayemi to hunt opposition elements in the State, describing the statement made yesterday, by the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Sunday Abutu that he had gone into hiding as ‘untrue and capable of misleading the general Public.”
He maintained that “the allegation of sexual assault against me is frivolous and a politically motivated falsehood by the Principal of Christ Girls, Mrs Esan, who considered herself as an old foe and the details had been addressed in my comprehensive press release of Friday, the 30th of April, 2021.”
Omotoso said he will not surrender himself to a police under a compromised police Commissioner who looked the other way when on October 24, 2020, Hon Dayo Maxima’s GNN Hotel in Ado Ekiti was invaded by known government armed thugs and has remained mute on the other thugs that went to Omuo Ekiti to kill five people.
The former lawmaker said it was obvious that he can not get justice from a police command that is openly working in tandem with the State Government and has taken instructions from the State Attorney General, Wale Fapohunda, to arrest, embarrass, molest and detain him indefinitely for no just cause other than being a political factor in the opposition party PDP, most especially from the same constituency with the incumbent Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Dr Omotoso accused the State Attorney General of boasting last weekend that he will make sure the police declared him wanted this week.
He said an unbiased police would have done their investigation by inviting parents of the girl involved before jumping to the press, adding that “the statement by the Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Sunday Abutu that I have gone into hiding is untrue, malicious and capable of misleading the general Public. As it is, the Ekiti State Police is obviously political on this false allegation of sexual assault against me, rather than being professional.”
“I have been a permanent political issue from the Oye constituency 1 of Ekiti State where I represented in the State House of Assembly between 2015-2019, and where myself and His Excellency John Kayode Fayemi come from and hence i will advice the Ekiti State Police to thread with caution while handling the politically motivated falsehood against me.
“I have not committed any sexual assault on anyone but my political detractors weaponised a girl confirmed as extremely wayward by her own mum and brother, a girl that was desperately looking for absolute freedom for her bad ways and used her to blackmail me after being induced vide brainwashing by her principal with a juicy option of her becoming the daughter of the governor’s wife with free food, clothing and free academics up to the University level.
“The allegation is frivolous and a politically motivated falsehood engineered by the State Attorney General and the Principal of Christ Girls, who considered herself as an old foe of mine and these details had been addressed in my comprehensive press release of Friday, the 30th of April, 2021.
“My media exposure of this falsehood was followed by a barrage of unknown callers threatening my life for having the effrontery to address the press first, where I exposed the falsehood and one of the callers on a private number promised to shoot and kill me anywhere I am seen, saying that I have refused to learn from my colleague, Hon Dayo Adeleye.
“These threats necessitated my instant petition on threat to my life to the Honourable Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, dated 6th of May 2021.
“Rather than look at my petition dispassionately, the police was again trying to turn me the complainant being threatened to the accused. This was deducible from their tone of communication on the petition and confirmed by the manner in which it was mentioned in their press release. All these are to achieve a predetermined political end to hold me in detention at all cost as designed by the State Attorney General.
“This latest petition on serious threat to my life was one out of my several petitions to the police on the same subject matter over the years and up till now nobody has been brought to book. Even when I wrote a direct statement of complaints at the State CID in July 2018, when I was almost shot dead if not for God, even mentioning names of those involved, nothing was done till today.
“Severally, I have also been on this lane before when I was falsely accused similarly like now and was almost politically roped into two previous murders that I know nothing about, whose perpetrators were later caught and confessed to the crime. In one instance, Hon Ade Alagbada of APC, who was Speaker of the House of Assembly, acting on instructions wrote a petition against me, falsely accusing me of killing Hon Micheal Adedeji of blessed memory. The killers were eventually caught by the police and confessed to the crime.
“Would the same police spokesperson have said during that period of false murders allegations like now that I was in hiding when my preoccupation was to secure my life first?
“The Lord that saved me then will deliver me again. Amen.
“Since when my colleague in the 5th Assembly, Hon Dayo Akinleye (Maxima) was attacked and badly battered on October 24, 2020, when his GNN Guest House was completely destroyed and riddled with bullets by known political thugs caught on camera and with the video made widely available. Yet, Hon Akinleye and four others, including two ladies, with injuries on their bodies were the ones detained for several days and they, the victims were still the ones charged to court on frivolous allegations.
“For this, I have learnt to reset my brain to the new normal in Ekiti State and thus maintain a very low profile with safety first, more so when grapevine told me then, that I was next in line of attacks which is manifesting now.
“The same politically bias Police in Ekiti State that despite watching the widely circulated CCTV videos of the brutal gunshots attacks on GNN Hotel by political thugs known to everyone, yet ignored them.
“I have not committed any offence and it is clear that I cannot get justice from a police being politically weaponised and remotely control by my political detractors through the office of the Attorney General of Ekiti State.
“The press release made by the police was a further manifestation of the levels of control that the State Government, acting through the Attorney General of the State have on the police. The police press release was a prelude to my eventual wanted declaration.
“The Attorney General had boasted that as long as he is in office, that I will never be granted bail once arrested, after all he is the one to write the DPPs advice on the same falsehood, especially when his attention was drawn to the fact that the statements of the girl’s mother confirmed the girl as a serial liar and that the allegation against me is a lie, which is in conflict with the statement of the girl being used against me.
“Is this the level of injustice and political persecution that we have descended into in Ekiti State?
“According to the girl’s mother, my house is the third family that the girl in question will run away from while looking for total freedom for her wayward ways and reckless sexual behaviors around numerous boyfriends, keeping late nights while dancing to very loud music in beer parlours as stated and confirmed by her mum and blood brother.
“A simple interaction with the girl’s mother and her brother as well as the Vice Principal of Christ School will have been sufficient for a professional police devoid of political manipulation to throw out the poorly scripted trumped up allegation.
“It is worth noting that the Vice Principal of the same school countered the girl’s lie in front of the same principal on Thursday, the 29th of April 2021, in the presence of the girl’s mother, brother, family lawyer and two policemen that the girl is up to serious mischief because she (VP), still asked the girl in March ending 2021, just before Easter and in the school premises, if anything like Sexual harrassment ever happened to her where she lived under my roof or elsewhere and the girl answered with an emphatic no.
“This should have naturally prompted the conspirators to abandon the poorly schemed subject matter and discard the lies but the Principal, who have old scores to settle with me and acting under instructions from the Ekiti State Attorney General, would have none of it.
“Rather, when the girl being used became confused and couldn’t alleged me properly in her statements for lack of nothing to write, the principal got angry, scolded her and further appointed a predetermined teacher to dictate what the girl should write.
“This happened in the presence of the girl’s family lawyer despite his protest and with evidence.
“The press release by the police spokesperson is actually serving the ultimate goals of the Ekiti State Attorney General who is behind the poorly orchestrated and politically motivated falsehood, designed to embarrass, harass and ridicule me, while using the machinery of the State to oppress and keep me out of circulation ahead of the next year Ekiti State Governorship Election fireworks in which the Attorney General is an interested party as an aspirant.
“Let me state to the Ekiti State Police Command that I am not in hiding and I will attend to the professional aspect of the false allegation once it is clear that political vendetta is not the ultimate goal as can be seen clearly now.
“The Ekiti State police that refused to arrest the other thugs that killed many people in Omuo Ekiti including a police woman can declared me wanted as boasted and instructed by the State Attorney General. I will be vindicated at last by His Grace.
“This is the sad reality of the era of political injustice and moments in Ekiti State, where victims only suffer the more. That is not my portion in Jesus name. Amen
“We shall surely rise again.”
Kidnappers Abduct House Wife In Abuja Community.
Kidnappers Abduct House Wife In Abuja Community.
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a house wife, identified as Mama Sunday, at Dangara community in Wako ward of Kwali Area council of Abuja.
A resident, who is a neighbor to the victim and preferred anonymity, said the incident happened around 9:15 pm on Friday, when gunmen invaded the community amidst sporadic gun shot and whisked the victim away.
He said some of the Gunmen surrounded the victim house, saying other gangs forced the door opened and whisked her away at gunpoint.
He said though, the woman’s husband was at home when the gunmen invaded the house, saying the kidnappers shot severally into the air to scare neighbors from raising an alarm.
Another resident of the community, simply identified as Usman, said some police posted at the outpost which was few meters away from the victims house were forced to escape due to heavy fire power of the gunmen.
He said though, the kidnappers got the wind that some vigilantes who normally patrol the community from neighboring Gada-Biyu village had stopped because of non payment of their monthly stipends by the community.
“The kidnappers took advantage to strike after they had already gotten information that some vigilantes who normally patrol the community from Gada-Biyu village had stopped for sometime because of non payment of their monthly stipends,” he said.
Spokesperson of the FCT police command ASP Maryam Yusuf, was yet to respond to text message sent to her about the latest kidnap incident.
Ex-Ekiti Assembly Member Alleges Threat To His Life, Writes Police
Ex-Ekiti Assembly Member Alleges Threat To His Life, Writes Police.
A former member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Samuel Omotoso, has petitioned the police in the State, alleging threats to his life by agents of the State Government.
In the petition dated May 6, 2021, and written through his counsel, Sunday Olowolafe, Dr Omotoso said “Since the trump up allegation of sexual harassment against my client broke out, the agents and proxies of the state government have been threatening to kill him, most especially for having the effrontery and daring to hold a press conference on the matter against the State Govt.”
The petition reads in part, “It is our brief that Ekiti State Government through laborious ploys including false and trump up allegations against our client since the inception of this present administration in 2018, alleged killing of Bunmi Ojo of blessed memory by threatening, torture and inducement of innocent citizens for months so as to implicate our client, but they refused to dance to such horrendous tune even while our client was in faraway America on a family holiday.
“Just as if the above scandalous act and action was not enough, our client was alleged through a blood thirsty petition written by the then Ex Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Alagbada of assassinating a colleague whom they both served in the 5th Assembly, Hon. Micheal Adedeji. He was later found to have been killed by armed robbers who confessed to the crime upon diligent interrogation and during prosecution, giving our client clean record.
“The kidnap of my client on the election day by agents of these same people. They almost killed him, if not for providence and the timely intervention of the then DPO, Oye Division who shot in the air to save my client. My client statement of complaints was submitted at the State CID with suspect names mentioned, no justice till today.
“The Information that got to my client in October 2020 after the violent invasion and destructions of his colleague, Hon Dayo Akinleye’s GNN Hotel, Ado Ekiti, was that my client was the next target for attacks.
“The latest govt frenzy to arrest my client before police investigation for parade and political embarrassment as planned by this govt on false allegation of sexual harassment, all points to their agenda of many years, which has been to get my client at all cost and take him out of circulation or threaten his life seriously until he runs away from Ekiti politics or shoot him dead using political thugs.
“Recently, our client’s private Hospital, Pharmacy and Crèche was invaded by Economic and Financial Crime Commission acting on instructions from above (Ekiti State Government) and sealed up the property without due diligence, which caused our client and family untold hardships, pains, financial losses and sorrow.
“That on Monday 26th day of April, 2021, Mrs Oluremi Agbaje Esan, the Principal, Christ Girls School, Ado Ekiti induced a girl in our client’s abode over time abducted and incarcerated her to implicate and indict our client on alleged indecent assault and sexual harassment to perpetually keep our client off street and society on trumped up charges.
“It must be noted that the same girl being used for the latest onslaught by agent of the Ekiti State government was on 29th of April, 2021, interviewed by the Vice Principal of the said school and in the presence of the girl’s mother, Aina Obafemi, their family lawyer and two policemen, wherein she said no harm ever happened to her while in our client’s house but the chief strategist herein, Mrs Oluremi Agbaje Esan made the same girl to say different stories within three days inclusive of molestation several years ago from the same girl.
“As it is, my client cannot get justice from these people and his lives and that of his family are under siege with serious imminent danger.
“Since the trump up allegation of sexual harassment against my client broke out, the agents and proxies of the state government have been threatening to kill him, most especially for having the effrontery and daring to hold a press conference on the matter against the State Govt.
“Sir, the various unbearable activities of the present government has unequivocally threatened our clients existence and unrest.
“We are therefore urging you to use your good offices to save our clients soul by causing investigation into these several acts of brigandage and curb the heinous acts while securing the life of my client and that of his family.”
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