Woman accuses Ekiti lawmaker of sexual harassment, says he fondled my breasts
The Lawmaker representing Ekiti East Constituency II in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Dare Pelemo, has been accused by a widow, Mrs Mercy Ilesanmi, of s3xually harassing her at the House of Assembly.
Mrs Ilesanmi alleged in a petition to the Ekiti State chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) that Pelemo fondled her breasts in an incident when she visited the House of Assembly, on September 6, 2017.
But Pelemo denied the allegation, saying “it is not true that she was harassed and I didn’t touch her when she came to the Assembly…”
Pelemo claimed that Mrs Ilesanmi was in the Assembly without proper security clearance “and I had to step in as the one in charge of the Assembly security, so I’m surprised that she is now accusing me of s3xually harassing her.”
Ekiti FIDA, in reaction to the petition by the woman, demanded immediate arrest and prosecution of a member of the lawmaker.
Legal officer of Ekiti FIDA, Mrs Kemi Atitebi, said on Tuesday that the body had received a complaint of s3xual harassment and assault of Mrs Ilesanmi against Pelemo, but alleged that the lawmaker did not honour the invitation to come to FIDA to defend himself against the allegation.
Atitebi said: “FIDA Ekiti received the complaint of s3xual harassment and assault against Hon. Dare Pelemo and the complainant is Mrs Ilesanmi, that she was assaulted and stripped naked right in the premises of the Assembly complex.
“FIDA wrote a letter to invite the respondent for us to hear his own side of the story and to mediate in the matter. The woman is a widow and her dignity has been violated for the fact that she was stripped naked. FIDA strongly condemns any form of assault against women in the state.”
Mrs Ilesanmi in her claim said: “I came to visit the member representing my constituency, Hon Samuel Omotoso, but I didn’t meet him. On my way out, I met Hon Pelemo and we exchanged pleasantries. Immediately, he fondled my breasts and I asked him what was the meaning of that, that I am a married woman for that matter and I don’t like how he touched my breast.
“He now said that I am an enemy of government, that I was not supposed to come to the Assembly. I now asked him if that was the reason why he was touching my breasts, a married woman for that matter? I challenged him and said that Pelemo, that one is too much for you.
“I went to report the matter to the Majority Leader, Hon Tunji Akinyele and I met the Clerk in Hon Akinyele’s office with two other visitors with him. He was on the phone but I waited.
“Before long, Pelemo had come in with some miscreants and they started beating me, destroying things in that office. They were asking what I was doing in the House of Assembly complex; that I was not supposed to be there as an enemy of the government.”
But Pelemo said she had visited the Assembly and had allegedly bypassed the routine registration of visitors and not taken a tag, an action to which his attention was drawn.
He alleged that she was a politician in a camp opposed to the state government and a woman who said she was in control of the House of Assembly.
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