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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

3 Lawmakers Accused Of Sexual Misconduct In US


Three members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives,
Mohammed Gololo (AP-Bauchi); Mark Gbillah (APC-Benue)
and Samuel Ikom (PDP-Akwa Ibom), accused of sexual
misconduct while on a trip to the United States’ authorities,
have been exonerated.
The Ethics and Privileges Committee passed the verdict on
Tuesday in a report submitted to the House.
The lawmakers were accused by the former US
Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle of sexually
assaulting ahouse keeper and soliciting for sex while
attending the International Visitors LeadershipProgramme
in Cleveland, Ohio.
However, Chairman, House Committee on Ethics and
Privileges, Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) while
presenting the report said that the lawmakers were cleared
for want of evidence.
“Rep. Mohammed Gololo, Rep. Mark Gbillah and Rep.
Samuel Ikom are cleared of and exonerated from the
allegations leveled against them by the US Ambassador to
Nigeria in his June 9, 2016 letter to Speaker for want of
evidence.
“In the light of the foregoing, the Minister of Foreign Affairs
should engage the US Ambassador to Nigeria with a view
to finding a seamless resolution of the domestic fall out of
this unfortunate incident as it relates to the lawmakers,’’
Ossai said.

He further urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to write to
remind the US Embassy of the need to always adopt the
official channel of communications in its dealing with any
organ or institution of government.
The incident allegedly occurred in a hotel during the
International Visitor Leadership Programme in Cleveland,
Ohio, U.S. held between April 7 and April 13. It was
attended by 10 members of the lower chamber.
When the House ordered a probe in July, the US
ambassador was expected to provide videoevidence.
But it was not clear whether he eventually did so.
Chairman of House Committee on Ethics, Nicholas Ossai
(PDP-Delta), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) then in
Abuja that the committee did not invite management of the
hotel where the alleged misconduct occurred.
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