The House of Representatives is currently investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against its members. These allegations were made by the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle.
The ambassador had sent a letter to Nigeria’s Speaker of the House Hon. Yakubu Dogara, accusing Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo (Bauchi APC), Hon. Samuel Ikom (Akwa Ibom PDP) and Hon. Mark Gbillah (Benue APC) of sexual misconduct while on a trip in June to Cleveland, Ohio for a leadership program. Gololo was accused of grabbing a member of the hotel staff in an inappropriate fashion and asking her for sex, while Ikom and Gbillah were accused of asking hotel car parking staff to help them find prostitutes as reported by Nigerianreporter.com.
Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, the spokesperson of the house has acknowledged the receipt of the letter.
Namdas was quoted to have said “as a responsible parliament the House has commenced investigations into the allegations”. “We are doing our investigations… they remain allegations until proven otherwise. We have our laws and when investigations are conducted, we will brief you further,” he said.
Namdas however declined to explain what form the investigations would take and if they were being carried out with the U.S. Embassy.
“None of them is before any court of law, it is a letter that alleged the development,” he said. The development has thoroughly embarrassed the House leadership which nominated the participants for the U.S. government-sponsored program.
“This is not a good development even if nothing comes out of the allegations. It may deprive the House members of crucial exposure”, Nigerian newspaper This Day noted in a report published on June 17, 2016 just days after the allegations were made public.