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Sex Scandal: Minister Says Evidence Against Lawmakers Weak, Supports Legal Action Against US

Geoffrey Onyeama
Posted: Jul 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has said that the evidence given by, Mr. James Entwistle, the outgoing United States Ambassador to Nigeria on the allegations of sexual misconduct against three members of the House of Representatives was weak and supports legal action by the accused lawmakers.

Mr. Entwsitle had written Speaker Yakubu Dogara intimating him that Reps Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi), Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue) and Samuel Ikon (PDP, A/Ibom) were involved in sexual misconducts while attending a leadership programme in Cleveland, Ohion, USA in April.

Testifying before the joint committees on ethics and privileges and foreign affairs Thursday in Abuja, Onyeama, said based on his meeting with Entwistle on the matter, the only evidence used in making the allegations was to identify the lawmakers in a photograph.

The minister said what was more disturbing was the fact that the ambassador said the housemaid who made the allegations that she was grabbed by Rep Gololo was not ready to testify before any court of law in the US.

“Regarding my meeting with the US ambassador, the first point I made to him was that he didn’t at any point notify the ministry about the matter. And he said it was his failing and apologised. He said he deemed fit to write a private letter to the speaker.

“I asked him what kind of evidence they obtained that emboldened him to write such letter? I told him that without evidence, it would amount to a defamatory act and that legal action could be taken.

“He said the hotel management reported the matter. He said the lady made it clear that she would not testify. I was very surprised by this information, because the person who made the allegations was not willing to make testimony about the allegations,” he said.