The House of Representatives on Tuesday cleared three of its members of the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against them by a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle.
The three lawmakers accused of soliciting for sex while on a tour of the United States of America are Mohammed Gololo (AP-Bauchi); Mark Gbillah (APC-Benue) and Samuel Ikom (PDP-Akwa Ibom).
Entwistle, had accused the lawmakers of sexually assaulting a house keeper and soliciting for sex while attending the International Visitors Leadership Programme in Cleveland, Ohio, which prompted the House to call for an investigation.
The Joint Committees on Ethics/Privileges and Foreign Relations conducted an investigation into the matter and then passed its verdict on Tuesday in a report submitted to the House.
The bearing of the allegations changed in favour of the 3 lawmakers after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, appeared before the committees on July 21 to testify that the US did not produce any concrete evidence to prove the allegations.
This is just as Entwistle failed to appear before the committees on that same day.
As a result of this, Hon. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) Chairman, House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, said the lawmakers were cleared for want of evidence.
His words: “That Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo, Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah and Hon. Samuel Ikon are cleared of and exonerated from the allegations levelled against them by the United States Ambassador to Nigeria in his June 9, 2016 letter to the Rt. Hon. Speaker for want of evidence.
“That in the light of the foregoing, the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs do engage with the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, with a view to finding a seamless resolution of the domestic fallout of this unfortunate incident as it relates to Hon. Mohammed Garba-Gololo, Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah and Hon. Samuel Ikon.
“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.”