Reps return from US training with sex scandal

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members of the Nigeria House of
Representatives who recently visited the US for a
leadership training programme have returned
with a sex scandal hanging on their necks.
The trio who have been accused of sexual
harassment and soliciting sex from prostitutes
are Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom), Mohammed
Gololo (APC, Bauchi) and Mark Gbillah (APC,
The scandal broke open when the US
ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, in a
petition dated June 9, 2016, drew the attention of
the Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Yakubu Dogara, to the alleged misconduct.
Dogara, through the office of his spokesperson,
has since acknowledged the petition.

The petition which noted that the lawmakers
were in Cleveland, USA, for the International
Visitor Leadership Programme alleged that Mr.
Gololo was reported by a hotel house keeper to
have grabbed her and sought sex, while Messrs
Ikon and Gbillah, allegedly, sought the assistance
of hotel park attendants to help them get
Mr Gbillah, one of the accused lawmakers, while
admitting that the US ambassador, James
Entwistle, had actually confronted him in
Cleveland over the allegations, however, denied
any wrong-doings.
He said, “It was after this encounter that they
called us to their premises and said they were
identified by their accusers in a group picture.
This is curious. No video footage. They didn’t
accost us while we were in US. We suspect this
is a calculated attempt to rubbish the National
Assembly. Is this how they would have
investigated their congressmen? Do they know
that there were other black people who came to
watch the match? How could they have identified
us in a picture without our knowledge?”
Mr Gololo also denied the allegation saying, in a
letter to the US ambassador that, “these are
totally false, unfounded and baseless allegations
against me. I categorically deny that any such
incident happened. I never grabbed any
housekeeper or solicited sex”.

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