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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

House of Representatives clear colleagues of sexual misconduct in US

Samuel IkonMohammed Gololo

Mark Gbillah

The House of Representatives  have cleared three members 

of the house, Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom), Mohammed 

Gololo (APC, Bauchi) and Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue), all 

pictured above, of any sexual misconduct during their official 

visit to the US in April this year.  

The former US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, 

had in June written a letter to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, 

accusing the lawmakers of sexual misconducts while in the 

US on an official assignment.

The lawmakers vehemently denied the allegations and called

 for a probe panel which was set up by the house. 

A statement released by the House of Representatives today


"The House Considered the Report of the Committee on 

Ethics & Privileges. The Report was on Allegations of Sexual

 Misconduct against Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah, Hon.

Mohammed Garba Gololo & Hon. Samuel Ikon by the United 

States Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. James Entwistle, while 

they were attending the International Visitors Leadership

 Programme in Cleveland, Ohio, USA from 7-13 April, 2016. 

The following were the Recommendations of the HOR:  (i) 

That Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo, Hon. Mark Terseer 

Gbillah & Hon. Samuel Ikon are cleared & exonerated from

the allegations leveled against them by the United States

 Ambassador to Nigeria in his June 9, 2016 letter to Rt. Hon. 

Speaker for want of evidence. (ii) That in the light of the 

foregoing, the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs do engage

 with with the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, with a 

view to finding a seamless resolution of the domestic fallout

 of this of this unfortunate incident as it relates to Hon. 

Mohammed Garba Gololo, Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah, and 

Hon. Samuel Ikon.(iii) That the Ministry of Foreign Affairs do 

write to remind the United States Embassy  of the need to 

always adopt the official channel of communications in its

 dealings with any organ or institution of government.


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