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We’re Investigating Sex Allegations Against Members – Reps

Posted: Jun 17, 2016 at 4:33 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ahmed Musa

Abuja – The House of Representatives, on Thursday, said it had begun investigation into alleged sexual misconduct involving three of its members who attended an International Visitor Leadership Programme in the United States recently.

The three lawmakers who are all first timers in the House, Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi); Hon. Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom), and Hon. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue) are accused of soliciting for sex through unlawful means and attempted rape.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, spokesman of the House, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), confirmed receipt of a letter from the Ambassador of the United States to Nigeria, James Entwistle, to the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, alleging the sexual misconduct of the lawmakers.

Namdas disclosed that the House had begun investigations into the allegation, and added that the outcome would be made known in due course.

He said: “We are in receipt of a letter from the ambassador of the United States to Nigeria where he alleged that there are charges of misconduct by some members of the National Assembly that attended a programme in the US.

“However as a responsible parliament, the leadership has received these letters and it’s doing its own investigation and it remains an allegation.

“We have our own rules and laws of the land, when investigations are concluded, we will brief you further on the issue but, for now, this is what I have to tell you.”

However, it was reliably gathered that the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, upon receiving the letter, sent same to the indicted lawmakers with a view to obtaining responses that would have formed the basis for resolving the issue using high-powered diplomatic intervention.

The lawmakers were, however, said to have denied the allegations, prompting some unnamed sources at the US embassy to leak the letter which led to publication of the story by a national newspaper on Thursday.

A source who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity also stated that, “If they had confessed to the speaker of their involvement, probably the matter would have been handled discreetly with the embassy without the press knowing about it.”

The lawmakers involved in the alleged scandal have refused to talk to journalists, citing ongoing investigation instituted by the leadership of the House.

Meanwhile the House has also denied reports that there was disagreement among lawmakers at its closed door session on Wednesday where a call for the sack of the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC, Kano), was made.

Namdas, at the briefing with newsmen, said the reports on the closed door session of the House were not a true reflection of what was discussed by members.

“I have been reading reports on our closed door session; the reports of the closed door session are not a true reflection of what has actually happened.

“We will make it available, that is why we have weekly press briefings, whatever thing we discussed – and it’s necessary to disclose – we will let you people know, but a closed door is a closed door,” he said.