Government & Politics

3 House Of Reps Members Declared Innocent Of S*xual Assault Allegations


Immediate past United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, in a June 9 letter addressed to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, alleged that Rep. Mohammed Gololo (APC-Bauchi), Mark Gbillah (APC-Benue) and Samuel Ikom (PDP-Akwa Ibom), sexually assaulted some ladies during their stay at a hotel in the U.S.

 The three members of the House of Representatives accused of s*xual misconduct by immediate past United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

The ambassador had, in a petition to the house, alleged that the lawmakers who attended a leadership programme in Cleveland, Ohio, between April 7 and April 13, sexually assaulted a house keeper and solicited s*x from some girls.

On the strength of the allegation, the House directed its committee on ethics and privileges to launch an investigation, in spite of the affected lawmakers’ claim of innocence.

The committee, which investigated the allegation, had in a report submitted to the House on Tuesday, said that Reps Gbillah, Gololo and Ikom were exonerated from the accusation for want of evidence.

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Chairman of the committee, Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta), presented the report.

“Rep. Mohammed Gololo, Rep. Mark Gbillah and Rep. Samuel Ikom are cleared of and exonerated from the allegations levelled against them by the US Ambassador to Nigeria in his June 9, 2016 letter to Speaker, for want of evidence”, the report said.

“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 fallout of this unfortunate incident as it relates to the lawmakers”, Ossai said.

He also urged the ministry to write and remind the US Embassy of the need to always adopt the official channel of communication in its dealing with any organ or institution of government.

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