The Ogun State Police Command has said it will proceed with the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the state Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, by a 16-year-old girl, Barakat Melojuekun.
The spokesman for the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered that the case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department at the Police Headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta.
Oyeyemi said though the victim’s family had officially withdrawn the complaint against the Abudu-Balogun, the command would still go ahead with its investigation.
He said, “The father of the victim has no locus standi to tell the police that he is no longer pressing charges against the commissioner, because he is not the complainant to us.
“He is not the person who was directly involved in the case. The victim is his daughter and even the daughter herself cannot withdraw the complaint, because she is an underage.
“Secondly, the case is an offence allegedly committed against the state, so they are no longer complainants; it is the Commissioner of Police versus the suspect.
“They (father and daughter) are just witnesses in the case. So, the police are going on with our investigation to confirm the authenticity of the claims.
“The CP has directed that the case should be transferred to the state CID for proper investigation; so, their position is immaterial.
“We cannot conclude that the case will be charged until when we confirm that the offence was actually committed; if the offence was actually committed, we will not hesitate to charge it and see the case to a logical conclusion.”
Meanwhile, Barakat has pleaded with Nigerians to allow the matter to rest.
The teenager made the appeal on Sunday a few hours after Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the suspension of the embattled commissioner.
Abudu-Balogun was suspended for allegedly harassing the secondary schoolgirl in his private residence.
Barakat, who had earlier detailed her experience in a viral video, appeared on another shot clip where, she stated that there were misconceptions about what transpired between her and the suspended commissioner.
In the 36-second video, she lauded Nigerians for their show of love in the case.
Similarly, her father, Adesola Melojuekun, said he was no longer interested in pursuing the allegation levelled against Abudu-Balogun by his daughter.
He said on Monday that there were a few misconceptions and misunderstanding between his daughter and the commissioner.
Adesola stated, “Having discovered this, I deem it fit to inform the public and the international community that this matter should be laid to rest.
Man Slaughters Wife, Four-Year-Old Son in Anambra
The police in Anambra State have arrested a man for allegedly killing his wife and their four-year-old son.
The police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed said the 28-year-old man, Chukwuemeka Obijofa, ”ran amok and used a shovel to attack his wife, Chisom Chukwuemeka, and their son”.
The incident occurred in Ofufe Nza village in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state, according to a statement from Mr Mohammed, Wednesday.
“Police detectives visited the scene, rushed the victims to the Joint Hospital, Ozubulu, for medical attention where the woman and child were certified dead by a medical doctor on arrival,” Mr Mohammed, a chief superintendent of police, said.
The spokesperson said the suspect also used the shovel to attack a member of the community’s vigilante who tried to rescue the victims.
“The wounded vigilante member is responding to treatment, while the corpses of the victims have been deposited at a morgue for autopsy,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police, John Abang, has directed that the case be transferred to the state CID, Awka, for investigation to unravel the actual cause of the incident.
Girl, 20 Accuses Father of Sleeping with Her ‘for Long’
A 20-year-old lady, who identified herself as Fatima Usman, has accused her father of having sexual intercourse with her for a long time.
Fatima, who spoke in a viral video, identified her father as Usman Momoh, saying he works at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State.
In the two minutes, 10 seconds viral video, Fatima alleged that her father had been sleeping with her for a very long time and whenever she refused to have sex with him, her father would send her out of the house at the midnight.
She said, “My father has been sleeping with me for a very long time, and whenever I tried to say no, he would send me out of the room. If I say I will voice out, he would be threatening to kill me. He would bring out a knife and show me that if I tell anybody, he would kill me.”
Asked where was her mother whenever the incestuous act of her father was being committed, Fatima said, “My mother did not bother to check on me whether I slept in the room or not. Anytime my father sent me out, and I slept outside, my mother would have slept off, she did not know what was happening.”
The young girl called on the government to help him get justice.
In another viral video relating to the matter, a man, who claimed to be an in-law to Fatima’s father confirmed the incident and said the family had intervened in the matter.
He said, “When we heard about the matter, he was asked to bring some items as atonement for the incestuous act and he provided those items, which include tubers of yam, goat, local gin among others. After that, the elders in the village warned the girl not to return to her father’s house, but be staying with me.”
The man also stated that the matter was reported at a police station and later Momoh was arrested and granted bail.
When contacted, the Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, said he had not been briefed on the matter.
Woman Kills Spouse with Shoe Heel over Infidelity
A woman on Saturday, in Warri, Warri Local Government Area of Delta State allegedly hit her husband with the heel of her shoe over allegation of infidelity, killing him in the process.
The yet-to-be identified woman reportedly struck her husband to death with the heel of her shoe at Ugbuwangue, an Itsekiri community in Warri.
It was gathered that the incident happened at about 11:00 a.m, close to the community’s town hall.
Further reports revealed the husband, identified as Etsebanghanro Ighomi, was a father-of-two and member of the Ugbuwangue community executive.
Reports had it that the couple had been engaged in a misunderstanding over alleged infidelity on the part of the deceased.
Its was learnt that the woman had approached her husband where he sat and struck him with the shoe heel in the back of his head from behind.
The husband reportedly fainted and began to foam from his mouth and died before he could reach the hospital.
A witness disclosed that the woman is currently being held by the police.