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Alleged Sexual Misconduct: House of Reps Exonerates Members from Accusation for Want of Evidence

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L-R: Samuel Ikon, Mohammed Gololo, Mark Gbillah

L-R: Samuel Ikon, Mohammed Gololo, Mark Gbillah

The House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges has exonerated its three members from allegations of sexual misconduct level against them by United States’ authorities.

The committee, which investigated the allegation had in a report submitted to the house on Tuesday, said that the lawmakers were exonerated from the accusation for want of evidence.

The former US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, had alleged that Mohammed Gololo (APC-Bauchi), Mark Gbillah (APC-Benue) and Samuel Ikom (PDP-Akwa Ibom), sexually assaulted some ladies in hotel in the US.

The ambassador had, in a petition to the house, alleged that the lawmakers who attended a leadership programme in Cleveland, Ohio, sexually assaulting a house keeper and solicited sex from some girls.

But, Chairman of the House’s committee, Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta), while presenting the report, said that the lawmakers were cleared for want of evidence.

“Hon. Mohammed Gololo, Hon. Mark Gbillah and Hon. 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.

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.

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

8 Comments

  1. Leah

    October 11, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    What is “for want of evidence”. It was repeated three times in the article, and I’m not even talking about the rest of the writing.

    • A Real Nigerian

      October 11, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      It simply means “for lack of evidence”. What are you nagging about?

  2. A Real Nigerian

    October 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Another article that proves that ALL NIGERIAN MEN, irrespective of status, are PIGS!

  3. hadiza

    October 11, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    They are innocent my foot. Disgusting abusers and rapists who traveled abroad to disgrace our country. Foolish senseless pigs. I hope a day comes were all men are put in a gas chamber.

  4. Vee

    October 11, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    THIS is the problem. We spend hours and HOURS excoriating rapists in Nigeria on social media, vituperating incessantly about what a grave “social ill” it is becoming in our country, but willingingly turn our heads when we see our fathers, husbands and brothers illicit sex from disenfranchised women, many of whom fall prey to these men because they have no voices of their own. I am not talking about turning our heads when the US AMBASSADOR to our country raises red flags, but every time we see that Alhaji or Oga prepositioning a young girl and pretend that we don’t see. While we cannot change the animals in some men, we can play our individual, albeit small, role in defending vulnerable women – whether or not we see ourselves as “better” than them. Tell that old man to leave that young girl alone the next time you see him chasing her. Or if you are too scared of him, pull her aside and succor her in whatever way – financially, emotionally – whatever you can afford. Maybe then, we can attempt to build a culture that protects against rape. Rather than posting angry responses to rape stories on social media. We have to put our skin in the game and be the change we want to see.

  5. madman

    October 11, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    They almost raped a woman …. that qualifies for attempted rape and sexual assault.

  6. tunmi

    October 11, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    But it’s not up to you to declare them innocent though… Okay US, up to you

  7. emmanuel

    October 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    do you guys follow the news at all, the house of rep called for the US twice to present the “CONCRETE EVIDENCES” he claimed to have, which he avoided twice. pls lets not let our reason be clouded by hate against men. if the US truely had evidences they claimed to have it would be all over youtube by now

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