Sexual Misconduct: Lawmakers Remain Innocent Until Proven Guilty – Dogara

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The Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has stated that for now, there is no evidence against the three members of the federal House of Representatives accused of sexual misconduct in the United States.

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His statement is coming after the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle wrote a letter, addressed to the Speaker of the House, alleging that three of the house members were involved in sexual misconduct and attempted rape while in the state on official business in April 2016.

The three affected lawmakers are; Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi), Hon. Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Hon. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue).

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Speaking on Saturday about the allegation on behalf of Dogara, his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, said “Judgment can only be passed when an allegation is proven.”

 “Together with the US Embassy in Nigeria, we will get to the bottom of this matter.”

The speaker of the House also explained that, asides the letter written by the US Ambassador, no other evident has since been forwarded to his office.

He added: “We await the result of the investigation into the matter.”

It was also gathered that Gbillah, one of the named reps, subsequently wrote to the ambassador to protest the allegations, demanding the “full video/CCTV footage covering the period of their entire stay at the hotel, saying “this should clearly show the movements and activities of every member of the group throughout the hotel”.



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