US places travel ban on lawmakers involved in alleged sex scandal

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The three lawmakers fingered in a sex scandal
while on a leadership training programme to the
US have been barred from visiting the country,
Ripples Nigeria has gathered. Emerging reports
say that their visas had been withdrawn,
indicating that they may not be welcome to the
US in the near future. This is even as the
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu
Dogara, on Thursday authorized investigations
into the scandal.
The three lawmakers who are members of the
House of Representatives are Samuel Ikon (PDP,
Akwa Ibom), Mohammed Gololo (APC, Bauchi)
and Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue).
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.

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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
prostitutes
Dogara’s directives were confirmed by Chairman,
House Committee on Media and Public Affairs,
Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, who said that the
leadership of the House took the action following
a formal complaint made by the US Ambassador
to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle.
“We are in receipt of a letter from the US
Ambassador, alleging misconduct by some
members of the National Assembly, who
attended a training programme in the United
States of America.
“The leaderships of the House has commenced
its own part of the investigation. When it is
concluded, we will brief Nigerians further on this
issue,” he said.
He added, “When we say we will conduct an
investigation, we will conduct it and there will be
a report.”

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