House of Representatives yesterday admitted that it has commenced investigation into alleged sexual assault by 3 out of 10 of its lawmakers during an official trip in Ohio, USA.
Our correspondent gathered that the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, last week, petitioned the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara accusing some lawmakers of improper conduct, attempted rape and soliciting for prostitutes while on official trip to the US.
In a letter dated June 9, 2016, the ambassador alleged that three members of the House: Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi); Hon. Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Hon. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue) had, on a recent visit to the United States for the International Visitor Leadership Programme, brought disrepute to the parliament by soliciting for sex from prostitutes and grabbing hotel housekeeper in a bid to rape.
The affected lawmakers had denied all the allegations and threatened to sue the ambassador and the US government for “character defamation and a calculated attempt to ridicule the National Assembly.”
Briefing the House Press Corps on the development, the House spokesman, Hon Abdulrazak Namdas insisted that the accusation remains an allegation until proven otherwise.
Namdas pointed that they had commenced investigation into the allegations.
According to him, “Ten members went to Ohio in USA on a leadership programme and return back successfully.
“We recently received a letter from the US ambassador that there was misconduct by some of the members while on the official trip.
“While we investigate the matter, it remains an allegation”.
Namdas could not say if the House has constituted a panell to carry out a thorough investigation on the allegation.
It would be recalled that 10 lawmakers were invited by the US government for the International Visitor Leadership Program held between April 7 and 13, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Other lawmakers on the trip include: Gaza Jonathan Gbefwi (PDP-Nasarawa State); Danburam Abubakar Nuhu (APC-Kano State); Nkole Uko Ndukwe (PDP-Abia State); Rita Orji (PDP-Lagos State) and Ayo Huliyat Omidiran (APC-Osun State).

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