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Sex Scandal: U.S Ambassador to Present Video Evidence on Thursday

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The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, will on Thursday meet with outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, over the sexual misconduct allegation against three legislators.

Investigative public hearing on the scandal begins on Thursday and Entwistle is expected to provide video clips of the incident.

The incident allegedly occurred during the International Visitor Leadership Programme in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. held between April 7 and April 13, attended by 10 members of the lower chamber.

Chairman of House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Hon. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the committee did not invite management of the hotel where the alleged misconduct occurred.

According to him, “we decided not to extend invitation to the hotel management since the Ambassador who broke the information through a letter to the speaker has documentary evidence against the three lawmakers”.

The three lawmakers involved in the allegation are Mohammed Gololo (APC-Bauchi), Samuel Ikon (PDP-Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (APC-Benue).

They allegedly solicited sex from prostitutes and grabbed hotel housekeeper in a bid to rape her. Ossai said that the committee had also invited Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

He said that the committee did not carry out any secret investigation, and urged anyone with useful information to submit same to the committee on or before commencement of the hearing.

“The standard in the U.S. is that an accused is assumed innocent until proven guilty and that is the same standard in Nigeria. Anyone who has evidence can now see the committee,” Ossai said.

Dogara had last month expressed regrets over the trending report on the allegation against the three lawmakers, especially in the social media.

The Speaker was quoted by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, as urging Nigerians to refrain from passing judgment and wait for the outcome of investigation by the parliament. “Judgment can only be passed when an allegation is proven,” he had said.

Dogara also vowed that the house would investigate the allegation, saying that, “together with the US Embassy in Nigeria, we will get to the bottom of this matter”.

He had pointed out that apart from the U.S. Ambassador’s letter, no evidence had been forwarded to his office, and that there could be no conviction without a trial.

He also indicated that the lawmakers had said that they were prepared to defend themselves at their own cost.

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15 Comments

  1. Moyo

    July 12, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Chai

  2. Left Hand Bionic

    July 12, 2016 at 10:11 am

    if only they knew, they would have shut it… una think say na naija una dey????

  3. ceetoo

    July 12, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Ghen gen… and my heart just dropped.

  4. le coco

    July 12, 2016 at 10:18 am

    hmmmm Nigerians.. embarrassing ourselves since 1855…. look.. I’m not too bothered about the two lawmakers who solicited for sex.. Why? Because they will not be the first. the hotel staff who they asked cannot tell me that this is the first time that someone has solicited for sex in their hotel.. A HOTEL OO.. haba.. they shld be punished, no doubt. but i think the bigger issue here is the lawmaker who forced himself on a hotel maid with the intention of raping her.. that to me is just unacceptable and that man shld be brought to book. whatever punishment( if any) can not be equal, that attempted rapist should have a harsher punishment.. Shikena

  5. bruno

    July 12, 2016 at 10:23 am

    shameful, just shameful. I thought okon said he has evidence to clear his name? lol

    oyinbo man in involved, so no mago mago for u people. They will get to the bottom of it. I trust the white man. we are watching.

  6. Mr. Egghead

    July 12, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Lobatan for Oga Gololo. ??

    This would probably be the right time for Mr. Ikon to bring out the proof that will “completely tear down this false accusation”

  7. survivor

    July 12, 2016 at 10:56 am

    na this one yoroba dey call omo ale character…

  8. Ch

    July 12, 2016 at 10:56 am

    After the hearing, then what? I hope they lose their seats as a detriment to the others. Maybe a bit of a harsh judgement but what else will pain a politician more in this Nigeria than lose his position? A fine doesn’t cut it.

  9. Adenike

    July 12, 2016 at 11:15 am

    This man should travel in the best bullet proof cars available, cos we know the lengths, some of these people can go.

  10. African Men on Fleek

    July 12, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Lmao these men will still contest for elections next year and win. Get appointed by Bughari into top positions. Their wives will still stay and be competing with their side chicks. Their children will still be flexing on Instagram. All is well boos. You are African men and sleeping with any woman of your choice, is your choice. ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Pink

    July 12, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Ghen ghen!! To be kontinud…

  12. AA

    July 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Ghen Ghen!…. loooool, hope their contemporaries learn from this.

  13. IJustGOtBack

    July 12, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    LOL!!!! this will be a mess….lemme start baking my meatpie and frying puff puff…..

    abeg who is bringing the zobo and popcorn??

  14. LemmeRant

    July 12, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Awon agbayas. Just be disgracing the Nation everywhere. Useless old fools

  15. xoxo

    July 12, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    someone’s daddy is abou to be dissggraccedd

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