By Babajide Okeowo
The father of Melojuekun Barakat, a teenager allegedly sexually harassed by the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, has withdrawn the allegation citing some “misconceptions and misunderstanding” along the line between his daughter and the Commissioner.
In a viral video on social media, the victim’s father said he is not interested in pressing the matter further, begging Nigerians, and the international community, and the media to support him by laying the matter to rest.
“I am the biological father to Melojuekun Barakat, who was in the news recently about a sexual harassment between her and the current Commissioner for Environment in Ogun State in the person of Hon Abiodun Abudu-Balogun.
Sincerely I discovered that there were some misconceptions and misunderstandings along the line between my daughter and the Hon Commissioner. Having discovered this, I deemed it fit to come to the public and inform Nigerians and the international community that this matter should be allowed to lay to rest.
As a father to Melojuekun Barakat, I am using this opportunity as well to appeal to all Nigerians and the international community, and the media too that I don’t have an interest in this matter again.
I am withdrawing my case and want them as well to support me the same way they did at the beginning of this matter,” he said.
He also expressed his gratitude to the media, international community, and well-meaning Nigerians for their efforts in ensuring that justice prevailed.
“I want to thank the media for their doggedness and aggressive support to make sure justice prevails. I am using this opportunity to also thank the international community, well-meaning Nigerians and all Ogun State indigenes that showed their love and encouragement to this matter” he added.