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Nigerian Lawmaker Denies Sexual Assault Allegations, Threatens to Sue US Govt for ‘Character Assasination’

Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo, one of the three Nigerian lawmakers accused by US ambassador of attempted rape and soliciting sex workers while on a visit to the states on official assignment has denied the allegations and threatened to sue the US government for character assassination.
Ten lawmakers were invited to the International Visitor Leadership Program held between 7-13 April  in Cleveland, Ohio, and three of them, from Bauchi, Akwa Ibom and Benue state, were accused of gross misconduct.
In the petition, Ambassador James Entwistle said the Department of State had reports from employees of the Cleveland hotel that lawmaker Muhammed Gololo had allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his hotel room and solicited her for sex.
Two other lawmakers allegedly requested hotel parking attendants to assist them to solicit prostitutes. The housekeeper and and attendants filed a complaint at the US Mission who investigated the allegations.
In a response to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Gololo dimissed the allegation as “totally false, baseless and unfounded”.
“I categorically deny that any such incident happened,” he added.
Mr Goloo said he was demanding an apology from the US government over the allegations or would take legal action to clear his name.

Photo source: BBC

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  1. Barrister Olawole Famakinwa

    June 20, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Hon Gololo is welcome to deny the allegations. I expect no less from him. However, I am a bit surprised that the US government did not arrest the 3 men and charge them. Their visas have now been cancelled so the men know they would not return to the US to defend themselves. Also, victims of sexual crimes in the US and UK are granted automatic anonymity and cannot be named. So there is no chance of any videos being sent to the Nigeria House of Representatives to assist their investigation. So this affords the 3 men the opportunity to brag and bleat in Abuja. The average Nigerian male of modest resources has a sense of entitlement to any woman and a sense of impunity when told they have been rude to women. So it is easy to assume these men, with bulging purses filled with dollars crudely trying to arrange for sex in the US. How come they did not use local Nigerian contacts? Statements needs to be obtained for the other 9 members of the continent not implicated in this shenanigans on oath. Surely, one of them must want to state what they noted during their trip. Next time we go abroad, the members of Parliament must pay for their spouses to go with them to satisfy their unquenchable sex appetite. On the whole, I believe this allegation is not baseless. It may be that the victims are not willing to progress with the complaint. They may be illegal migrants or people of very lean resources. The whole situation casts the Nigerian legislature in a bad light.

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