Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu
Dogara has stated that the United States has not
provided any evidence against the allegations of
sexual harassment, and soliciting for sex made
against some members of the House.
According to him, the members involved in the
allegation remain innocent until proven guilty,
and that neither himself nor the other 360
lawmakers in the house would rush to pass
Those involved in the sex scandal are Deputy
Chairman, Committee on Petroleum Resources
(Upstream), Mr. Mark Gbillah ( APC, Benue); Mr.
Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom); and Mr.
Mohammed Garba-Gololo (APC, Bauchi).
Dogara in one of a series of replies to tweet
enquiries from Nigerians, said “He who alleges
must prove. That’s the law.
“As we speak, no evidence has been put forward
other than the letter sent to my office and copied
to many others.”
Dogara in a statement in Abuja on Saturday by
his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs,
Mr. Turaki Hassan, urged Nigerians to refrain
from passing judgment and wait for the outcome
of investigation by the parliament.
“Judgment can only be passed when an
allegation is proven,” he said.
The speaker further explained that apart from the
letter, no evidence had been forwarded to his
office, and that there could be no conviction
without a trial.
He also indicated that the lawmakers had
expressed preparedness to defend themselves at
their own cost.
“We await the result of the investigation into the
matter,” he added.