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No Proof of Sexual Misconduct of Three House of Rep. Members, says Onyeama


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama Thursday said the US has no sufficient evidence to prove the allegations of sex offences levelled against three members of the House of Representatives.
The Minister disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Ethics and Privilege Committee and House Committee on Foreign Relations public probing the alleged sexual misconduct of the Rep. members.
He told the committee that the outgone United States of American Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle had tendered apology for breaching the diplomatic protocol by writing direct to the Speaker Yakubu Dogara over the allegation instead of passing through the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The three members facing allegation of sexual misconduct according to the letter from the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria to the Speaker, House of Representatives, are Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi); Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue). Entwistle, had in the petition to Dogara alleged that the actions of the three lawmakers at the International Visitor Leadership Programme in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, from 7th to 13th April, 2016, brought disrepute to the parliament by soliciting for sex from a prostitute, while one of them was accused of attempted rape.
According to Onyeama, “Entwistle confirmed that the allegations were made and he told me that the hotel housekeeper has refused to testify in respect of the matter”, Onyeama said.
“The allegations are ambiguous. He did not present any evidence nor did he indicate that they have any corroborative evidence,” Mr. Onyeama said.
Entwistle had in a petition he addressed to House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, on June 9, said Mohammed Galolo, Samuel Ikon and Mark Gbillah indulged in sexual misbehavior at a hotel in the U.S.
Twice Entwistle failed to appear before the committee with evidence to defend his accusations.

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