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Reps Sex Scandal: Entwistle Has No Concrete Evidence Against the Accused – Foreign Minister

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has disclosed that there is no concrete evidence to prove the allegations of sexual misconduct against three lawmakers by the outgoing United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, THISDAY reports.

Onyeama who was expected to present a video evidence to the joint House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, and Foreign Relations said that Entwistle told him that the issues were just allegations.

“He (ambassador) told me that these were allegations and nothing more, that as far as they were concerned, the matter was closed. Entwistle stated that the allegations did not indicate a position that he had already passed a judgment or the US government.

When I asked him about the evidence that emboldened them to arrive at the type of conclusions in the letter, the ambassador stressed that it was factual that there were allegations, but that he was not passing any judgment.  I said ‘who made the allegations?’ He said a hotel maid or cleaner, who said Garba Gololo made inappropriate request and approached her in the hotel. But, he now made it clear that the housekeeper would not testify; that she does not want to testify.

I was surprised that the person who made such a serious allegation was not willing to testify. For the parking lot attendants, the ambassador said they identified the lawmakers in photographs. I replied that there is clearly a possibility of legal proceedings for defamation because I thought there was stronger evidence.

Again, he apologised that his only point of writing Dogara was to pass information about those allegations,” Onyeama told the House.

Onyeama said that the Envoy apologised for not writing through the appropriate channel (Foreign Ministry).

“The letter (to Dogara) to me was not conclusive of any guilt and I am surprised that the housekeeper would not testify. In my opinion, there may be need for legal proceedings for defamation… I  see this case as reminding your members not to put themselves in a position that could deny Nigerians participation in such programmes in the future. It is like a caution,” Onyeama added.

One of the accused Mohammed Gololo lawmakers said: “It will take courage for me to continue with my daily activities. We demand apologies from the US.”

Samuel Ikon added that the petition against them was not private as claimed by Entwistle, adding that 11 lawmakers in total were copied in the letter. “It was not private then, he knew what he was doing from the very beginning; it was premeditated,” he said.

“We will take this fight to the very end and the ambassador must take full responsibility for this harm he did to us,” said Mark Gbillah.

THISDAY reports that Gbillah said in a text message to their correspondent that they will proceed with legal action. “Yes, we will. We are already speaking with our lawyers in Nigeria and in the United States,” he stated.

Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO

7 Comments

  1. pplease

    July 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Concrete evidence like what? A sex video? Used condoms? just apologize and move on.

    • Damilola

      July 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      I believe, they are not totally innocent. The problem here is, it’s difficult to provide concrete evidence where they were caught red handed like a video recording the conversation. But when the evidence is word of mouth, it’s easy to deny it. However, the U.S won’t back down they might bring up the case years later or deny them visa if they have plan to visit again.

      But this is enough warning for future, don’t go behave anyhow and forget you are in naija where the law doesn’t apply at a all.

  2. Truth be told

    July 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    @pplease actually concrete evidence like concrete evidence. The burden is on the accuser. Until then they are innocent and God forbid the day you are accused of something you havent done; you too will ask for concrete evidence from your accuser. if the ambassador see’s fit to inform the house then there should be no problem with him producing CONCRETE EVIDENCE to back his accusation. Guilty or innocent they must have their day in a court of law.

  3. Weezy

    July 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    The US Embassy screwed up big time. They should have pushed for a police report or a written statement from the hotel. By writing an official letter to the government based solely on hearsay , they made this a political incident. Its interesting because I believe the lawmakers did what they are being accused of. But the US mishandled this badly.

  4. mimi

    July 22, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Good to see that diplomacy still works. They have gone to beg the US Ambassador to lock up and take the fall. His tenure is almost over so he can afford that. This way, the elected officers save face and everyone is happy. I know that video exists and in the words of Femi Otedola, What is done in the darkness will surely come out in the lightness. #TeamObserve

    • Ms.b

      July 22, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      How do you know the video exist? So a white man can’t lie or Americans dont fuck up? Do u know how many false allegations concerning rape, that is reported everyday in the US? U rather disbelieve the Nigerians and believe the Americans?? You r so pathetic.

  5. artklub

    July 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    they will use it against them when they are ready. and that would be cool! lol.

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