Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
The House of Representatives, Thursday, said it has begun investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct of three of its members who attended an International Visitor Leadership Program in the United States recently.
Three members of the House namely: Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo, Hon. Samuel Ikon and Hon. Mark Gbillah are accused of soliciting for sex and attempted rape.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, Spokesman of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, confirmed receipt of a letter from the Ambassador of the United States to Nigeria, James Entwistle, to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara alleging the sexual misconduct of the lawmakers.
He said that as a responsible parliament, the leadership of the House has begun investigating the matter adding that the outcome of the investigation would be made known in due time.
“We are in receipt of a letter from the ambassador from the United States to Nigeria where he alleged that there is a misconduct by some members of the National Assembly that attended a programme.
“However as a responsible parliament, the leadership has received these letters and it’s doing its own investigation and it remains an allegation.
“We have our own rules and laws of the land, when investigations are concluded, we will brief you further in the issue but for now this is what I have to tell you, “Namdas said.
He said that the reports on the closed door sessions of the House are not a true reflection of what was discussed by members.
“I have been reading reports on our closed door session, the reports of the closed sessions are not a true reflection on what has actually happened in the closed session.
“We will make it available, that is why we have weekly press briefings, whatever thing we discuss and it’s necessary to disclose we will let you people know, “he added.
One of the accused, Gbillah, while denying the accusation in a letter addressed to the US ambassador, threatened to institute a legal action in the United States against the Marriot Hotel Brand, the Cleveland Council of World Affairs and the US State Department.
“The full video/cctv footage covering the period of our entire stay at the hotel; this should clearly show the movements and activities of every member of the group throughout the hotel.
“It is unfortunate that I have to write to your good self under these circumstances but I believe you will use you good office to redress this very grave injustice and redeem the image of your country”, he said.