An aide to the Deputy Senate President, Jide Babalola was on Thursday detained by men of the Nigeria Police Force for harassing a House of Representatives member, Hon. Tolu Akande-Sadipe at the premises of the National Assembly, Abuja.
This followed an eyewitness’ account of what transpired between Babalola and the lawmaker in an elevator.
The eyewitness testified that Babalola made advances towards Akande-Sadipw, who politely cautioned him not to bump into her in the legislative house’s elevator.
An eyewitness said Mr. Babalola, who is fond of harassing people at the National Assembly’s premises because of his portfolio, came into the elevator while Hon. Akande Sadipe was in the elevator.
All she said was, “Please don’t step back because you would bump into me”.
Reacting rudely, Mr. Babalola who felt he is superior to and could intimidate a woman rather than replying politely or adjusting his pose, responded in a demeaning manner.
He said demeaning words like “why would you talk to me like that”; “do you know who I am” using provocative insults, and laying claims to being 55 years old and as such could do whatever he wishes to her.
Reacting, the lawmaker, who also chairs Committee on Diaspora Affairs, described the incident as unfortunate.
She noted that, as a Representative in Abuja, she had never been embarrassed before, as Mr. Babalola made a scene from what should have been mutually ironed out by two matured minds.
“We need to speak up against the discrimination against women and harassment women face in Nigeria,” she said.
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