…Say US Ambassador’s claims still an allegation
The House of Representatives, on Thursday, vowed to get to the root of sex allegation brought against its lawmakers by United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle.
The House which confirmed the receipt of a petition written by Entwistle to the Speaker of the House Hon. Yakubu Dogara about randy sexual escapade of three members of the House during an official assignment to the United States, said that it was still treating the claims as mere allegation.
Chairman House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Abdulrazak Sa’ad Namdas made this disclosure at a press briefing in Abuja.
Entwistle had accused three House of Representatives members of improper conduct, attempted rape and soliciting for prostitutes while on official trip to the US.
The Ambassador, in a letter dated June 9, 2016, addressed to Speaker Dogara, identified the three members as Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi), Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue).
The three recently visited the United States for the International Visitor Leadership Programme, where they brought the alleged disrepute to the parliament.
Ten lawmakers were invited by the US government for the International Visitor Leadership Programme held between April 7 and 13, 2016.
Namdas has explained that the matter was still at the level of allegation and assured that whatever is the outcome of the investigation by the House on the matter would be made public.
He said “we are investigating the matter. As at the moment, it is still at the level of allegation and whatever is the outcome will be made known to the public.”