Contrary to claims by the Nigerian lawmakers of the House of Representatives that they were ambushed with the petition of gross misconduct and s*xual harassment by the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle while on a visit to the country, ThisDay has it on good authority that the visiting leaders were already subjected to questioning by the US State Department.
The newspaper confirmed that the 10 attendees from Nigeria were grilled on the grave allegations reported on several occasions in April 2016 before they returned to Nigeria.
The 10 lawmakers who attended International Visitors Leadership Programme in Cleveland, Ohio, United States have however denied a knowledge of the allegations levelled against three of their colleagues namely Hon. Mark Gbillah, Hon. Samuel Ikon and Hon. Garba Gololo.
Some other lawmakers on the trip included the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Jonathan Gaza Gbewfi; the Chairman of the Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Rita Orji; Hon. Ayo Omidiran, Hon. Nkole Ndukwe and Hon. Danburam Abubakar.
This therefore negates any claims by the lawmakers that the allegations were brought to their attention when they returned to Nigeria.
Reliable sources revealed that the State Department is in possession of more than just ‘verbal evidence’ against the three men.
The House spokesperson, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, however told a reporter that he was not aware that lawmakers were interrogated while in the US.
US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, in a letter to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, had alleged that Gololo grabbed the housekeeper who was cleaning his hotel room and solicited for s*x from her while Gbillah and Ikon allegedly asked hotel parking attendants to assist them to solicit prostitutes.