The American ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle has petitioned the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara over alleged attempted rape and soliciting for prostitutes by three House of Representatives lawmakers who traveled to the United State on official assignment, the identities of the legislators has been discovered.
They are; Mr. Mohammed Garba-Gololo (Bauchi State); Mr. Terse Gbillah (Benue State), and Mr. Samuel Ikon (Cross River State).
They lodged at Cleveland hotel where two of the lawmakers met with the hotel’s parking lot attendants and asked for links to prostitutes that would spend the night with them while one of them allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in the hotel room, demanding for sex.
According to the petition, the housekeeper and parking lot attendants reported to the hotel management who then filed a complaint at the US Mission who investigated the allegations.
Their travel visas to the United States have been confirmed canceled.
The said offenses were allegedly committed during a recent trip to the US to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Programme on Good Governance organised by the US Government.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday, directed the investigation of three members of the House for an alleged sex scandal.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, confirmed this in Abuja just as investigations had shown that the United States Embassy had cancelled the visas of the affected members.
Namdas explained that the leadership of the House decided to investigate the alleged sex scandal following a formal complaint made by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle.
He said, “We are in receipt of a letter from the US Ambassador, alleging misconduct by some members of the National Assembly, who attended training in the United States of America.
“The leadership of the House has commenced its own part of the investigation. When it is concluded, we will brief Nigerians further on this issue.”
The development came as the US formally cancelled its visas from the three lawmakers, an indication that they had been barred from future trips to the United States.
“Mohammed Garba Gololo allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his hotel room and solicited her for sex. While the housekeeper reported this to her management, this incident could have involved local law enforcement and resulted in legal consequences for Representative Gololo.
“Mark Terseer Gbillah and Samuel Ikon allegedly requested that hotel parking attendants assist them to solicit prostitutes.”
Finding showed that the lawmakers dismissed the allegation as “baseless and untrue” when Dogara first sought their explanations.
Source: Punch Newspapers