The United States Ambassador to Nigeria,
James Entwistle has reportedly accused three
Nigerian lawmakers of soliciting for prostitutes
during an official visit to the US.
According to a New Telegraph report, Entwistle
also accused the lawmakers, who are members
of the House of Representatives, of attempted
rape and improper conduct.
The Ambassador is further said to have
reported the legislators, identified as
Mohammed Garba Gololo (Bauchi), Samuel
Ikon (Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (Benue), to
House of Reps Sepaker, Yakubu Dogara.
Entwistle is said to have filed the complaint via
a letter dated June 9, 2016, addressed to
Speaker Dogara and obtained by New
The letter reads:
“Ten members of the Nigerian National
Assembly recently travelled to Cleveland, Ohio
as participants in the International Visitor
Leadership Programme on good governance.
We received troubling allegations regarding
the behaviour of three members of the
delegation to the U.S. Government’s flagship
professional exchange programme.”
“The U.S. Department of State and the
Cleveland Council on World Affairs received
reports from employees of the Cleveland
hotel where the representatives stayed,
alleging the representatives engaged in the
following behaviour: “Mohammed Garba
Gololo allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his
hotel room and solicited her for sex.
“While the housekeeper reported this to her
management, this incident could have involved
local law enforcement and resulted in legal
consequences for Representative Gololo. Mark
Terseer Gbillah and Samuel Ikon allegedly
requested hotel parking attendants assist them
to solicit prostitutes.
“The U.S. Mission took pains to confirm these
allegations and the identities of the individuals
with the employees of the hotel in Cleveland.
The conduct described above left a very
negative impression of Nigeria, casting a
shadow on Nigeria’s National Assembly, the
International Visitor Leadership Program, and
to the American hosts’ impression of Nigeria
as a whole. Such conduct could affect some
participants’ ability to travel to the United
States in the future.
“While the majority of Nigerian visitors to the
United States do behave appropriately, even a
few Nigerians demonstrating poor judgement
leads to a poor impression of the Nigerian
people generally, though it is far from
“Such incidents jeopardise the ability of future
programming and make host institutions and
organisations less likely to welcome similar
visits in the future.
“In addition, most of the members of this
group reacted very negatively to my deputy
when she brought this matter to their
attention, further calling into question their
judgement and commitment to the goals of
the International Visitor Leadership
“This leads us to question whether to include
National Assembly members for other similar
programmes in the future. I request, in the
strongest possible terms, you share this
message with members of the National
Assembly so they understand the seriousness
of these issues, and the potential
consequences of their actions, not only for
themselves as individuals, but also for the
future of such programmes designed to
Ten Nigerian lawmakers visited Cleveland,
Ohio on the invitation of the US government
to attend the International Visitor Leadership
Program which held between April 7 and 13,
Entwistle also accused the lawmakers,members of the House of Reps, of attempted rape and improper conduct.