U.S. has “solid evidence” of sex scandal against Nigerian lawmakers – Sources

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FILE PHOTO: Some Members of the House of Representatives protesting 'Removal of Fuel Subsidy' during a special House Session on the deregulation at the National Assembly in Abuja

U.S. officials have “solid evidence” of the alleged misconduct Ambassador James Entwistle reported to House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, high-level diplomatic sources have told PREMIUM TIMES.

In a letter dated June 9, the U.S. Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Entwistle, accused three Nigerian lawmakers – Mohammed Garba Gololo (Bauchi APC), Samuel Ikon (Akwa Ibom PDP) and Mark Gbillah (Benue APC) – of soliciting sexual favours from hotel staff in two separate incidents.

Mr. Gololo allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his hotel room and solicited her for sex while Messrs. Ikon and Gbilla allegedly requested hotel parking attendants to assist them to procure prostitutes.

The alleged incidents occurred in April at the Residence Inn Marriot, Downtown Cleveland and were promptly reported to State Department officials by the hotel’s management.

In response to the lawmakers’ denial of the allegations and threats of legal action, local sources in Cleveland and sources close to State Department and the Nigerian diaspora community in Washington DC have told PREMIUM TIMES that relevant U.S. officials are in possession of records specifying “circumstances of” the alleged incidents, including “eyewitness reports” and real-time “video” evidence.

“The Ambassador wouldn’t have written to the Speaker if there is no solid evidence,” said one of our sources, who added that after the hotel manager reported the incidents, State Department officers “had to investigate before acting on the allegations.”

The investigation was extensive and exhaustive; it included interrogation of relevant hotel staff and review of all closed-circuit cameras in the vicinity of the alleged incidents, state department insiders said.

Hinting at details of the investigation, our source countered Mr. Gololo’s denial, insisting that of the three lawmakers, “he is the one who actually put his hand on somebody, the others only made a verbal request”.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt from the state department that “the woman he (Gololo) allegedly accosted felt intimidated”. Local Cleveland sources told us that she feared she would lose her job if she screamed or caused discomfort to the hotel’s other guests.

She however reported the incident to her supervisor at the soonest opportunity after extricating herself from the offensive situation.

Our source equally brushed aside Mr. Gbilla’s protestations about not having a car as a diversion.

“You don’t need to have a car to talk to a parking lot attendant,” he said.

This newspaper was reliably informed by our Washington DC sources that Ambassador Entwistle would neither retract nor apologize for the contents of the letter sent to the Speaker.

“In all honesty, the Ambassador would not have gone forward with the letter if there is no solid evidence behind it,” he said adding that Mr. Entwistle “is not going to apologize; there is nothing to apologize for.”

Contrary to Mr. Gbillah’s assertion that Mr. Entwistle’s petition was an attempt “to bring disrepute to the hallowed institution of the National Assembly and the entire nation of Nigeria”, our source said the intention was to put out there that some participants in the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP), not all, are guilty of bad behaviour and to educate participants who may be admitted for this and other programmes in future.

“The reality is that these three gentlemen made a mistake. They violated the terms of the IVLP of which they were duly informed before they left Abuja,” our source said.

“Prostitution is not legal in the U.S., they were informed about that before their departure,” the source said.
Our source insists that the lawmakers even had a chance to redeem their image after the fact.

“If they had been remorseful, if they had just said it was miscommunication and apologized, that would have been the end of it,” the source said.

Instead, the lawmakers over-reacted and made their case “sound worse than it is”, said our source.

“They were accused of assault and solicitation, no one talked about rape,” the source added.

PREMIUM TIMES has it on good authority that State Department officials are not worried about the lawmakers’ threat of legal action because, according to our Washington DC sources, “they know their evidence will hold up in court”.

“If they (Gololo, Ikon and Gbillah) want the full spotlight of the justice system to shine on the evidence in the possession of the State Department, they should go ahead and initiate a lawsuit,” the source said.

He also insisted that the lawmakers were accorded due respect even after hotel staff reported the incidents to their managers.

“Their conduct was a breach of U.S. law, instead of calling State Department officials, hotel managers could have had them summarily arrested and charged. As it is, everybody gave them a pass, letting them complete the programme without interference,” said the source.

The lawmakers’ alleged misconduct resonated negatively among Nigerian-Americans who are active in ongoing U.S. presidential election campaigns.

Those scheduled to be in Cleveland next month for the Republican Convention and allied political activities are weary that they may be victimized for the lawmakers’ bad behaviour.

Hotel management and staff may single them out for unsavoury treatment, they said.

“I won’t be surprised if they keep female service staff away from anyone who identifies as a Nigerian or carries Nigerian passport,” a Washington-based Nigerian said.

Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC has operated without an ambassador since the death of Professor Adebowale Adefuye last September.

When contacted, Gbara Awanen, Head of the Political Section, Embassy of Nigeria, Washington DC, said other than what he read in the Nigerian media, he knew nothing about the incident.

Other officials declined to comment for this story.


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  • Toks Aden

    The buffons think is Nigeria.

    • sam

      All the law makers have finished sexing all the Girls in Abuja. Now they want to continue in the US

  • Rommel

    HahahahahahahahLolz! there goes travelling to the US ever again for those folks,instead of being apologetic,they went about talking nonsense in the Nigerian manner about attempts to smear their reputation,so much for image

    • Niyi Akinlabu

      What image?

  • Niyi Akinlabu

    Moronic lawbreakers who don’t know basically, how the system of international diplomacy works. Did they think the State Dept. would put out that letter to the speaker if they didn’t have incontrovertible evidence?

    • ijelejames

      Bush men. They were just being predators as usual. It is normal for them in Nigeria. They did not realiize it does not work that way in the US.

  • Audu Al-amin

    I was 100percent sure this people did it, they thought is Nigeria where they can lie to the people all the time and they wanted to use fayose’s style.

  • Jerry Marok

    Nigerians export virtually everything. “Honorable Members or Horrible Members” probably thought they were in Nigeria where everything goes. They are even gutsy enough to make noise about their exports. Ok now, we are waiting to see them in court against the Americans. It will be good to see them make Nigeria score a diplomatic point against the USA. Yeye.

  • Adele Uhuru

    See Ive always said these politician are severely corrupt, their perception of being above the law in Nigeria have blinded them to a point where they utterly lack self control on state or professional business of the state. I guarantee that 99% of these politicians will do time for sexual related crime if they happen to be transplanted to any civil society.

  • marc umeh

    Now the ball is in the court of the 3 accused amigos. . This is not nigeria. Shakara no go work.
    Go to court and salvage your reputation or quit the senate
    Their is no other option here even if your entire village wear Ashebe to welcome you.

  • robo

    The Speaker should save Nigeria form further shame by asking the Reps to resign quietly. No Ambassador would write such letter without strong evidence

  • Spoken word

    What a shame.but we know the speaker of the legislooters Dogara will attempt a cover up.

  • TC

    I said it, a country like the US will not make such accusations without strong evidence. It’s a serious allegation that can lead to them being sued for many reasons, depression, kids being victimized in school, marital issues, defamation, loss of income etc. And settlement could cost millions. Witnesses make statements under oath which is a prelude to perjury if false and can carry serious jail time, this is not Nigeria. The fo0lish Reps even went to the extent of writing letters denying and making threats to sue and demanding apologies. We go see, Dogara you asked for evidence abi….. you go get am. Shame the sex predators…..

    • thusspokez

      I said it, a country like the US will not make such accusations without strong evidence. It’s a serious allegation that can lead to them being sued for many reasons

      Not to mention jeopardising Nigeria/US relationship. Sadly, most Nigerians don’t think rationally. In fact, most Nigerians don’t think at all except maybe what they are going to have for dinner!

  • oliver

    This is rubbish and anybody who believe this crap must be suffering from slave mentality,first i am highly disappointed in the Nigerian embassy,they should be lunching an independent investigation right now and demanding for a copy of the so called recording and all evidence related with this issues,that is if they new what there job was in the first place,secondly for the fact the article mentioned the american ambassador wouldn’t apologies then it goes further to tell me that this article is design as a face saving measure for the totally disappointing and undiplomatic attitude of the ambassador,i would keep up my call for that ambassador to either be recalled or transferred for his disappointing conduct,and lastly since the ambassador decided to bring a diplomatic issue to public domain,then i wonder why he is playing games with releasing this videos that he claims to have

    • thusspokez

      Yeah, typical Nigerian bravado!

      • oliver

        no just typically fully and proudly Nigerian.what are you??????

        • thusspokez

          Aha! So it all about pride to you? What is there to be proud of about sexual assault or soliciting for sex? Still, you are proud of crimes that someone else committed. Judging by this, I bet that you would demand a gold medal if this were your crimes.

        • Woolly Dee.

          Oliver Gololo, where are you using all your might and energy to defend illicit and disgraceful affairs.

    • Ologbon

      Not sure you understand what you are talking about! Before you are arrested in the States, indicted or accused in a written format, be assured that have enough evidence to secure conviction. Let your lawmakers make good their threats on time. You will have to apologize to the Ambassador and the United States Department of State when you are confronted with the evidence. You think this is Fayose or Saraki bravado? Yeye dey smell!!!

      • oliver

        it is you who doesn’t understand what you are talking about,in the american judicial system,once they had the evident they would invite you or arrest you as the case may be then charge you to court,where the evidence would be tested,as you can see they where neither invited or arrested ,meaning they have no evidence ,in law he who alleges must prove,in this case the ambassador has proven nothing just made allegations ,so i think you people need to stop this slave mentality

        • Ibeson

          Your ignorance is really massive. Do you arrest and question persons who entered your country on a diplomatic status?

    • whales1212

      Your ignorance is massive.

  • thusspokez

    Our source insists that the lawmakers even had a chance to redeem their image after the fact.

    “If they had been remorseful, if they had just said it was miscommunication and apologized, that would have been the end of it,” the source said

    Good grief! You are asking Nigerian, with their enormous egos, to apologise? Surely, not before the bravado; empty boastfulness and exaggeration; “do you know who I am?”; threat of violence or legal action or both; letting you know all their academic qualifications, including the dodgy ones; call you an illiterate and demand that you go to school, etcetera.

    Meanwhile, behind the scene, they are sending emissaries ( and sometimes accompanied with brown envelopes) to beg and ask for redemption.

    • oliver

      would you apologies for what you didn’t do,just read what you pasted,you can clearly see that the Americans are desperate,america does not take rape case likely,for the fact they are taking this lightly means they have no evidence,they are just trying to put fear in the law makers with this article that has no source ,no document and no video .if i where the law makers i would summon the american ambassador to appear before the house with that video and if he fail to bring it then over to the ministry of foreign affairs to write american government

      • tundemash

        They are trying to put fear into to the law makers you claimed and what would be the motive ? Could it be Buhari or APC tele-guiding Americans as u guys always allege?

        • oliver

          Good question so why allow a rapist leave your country,are you telling me the america judicial process is not competent enough

          • tundemash

            Where did u read a rape was committed ?? I suggest you stop whatever u smoke that makes go into overdrive unnecessarily.
            And I am still waiting for the American motive of putting fear into those your legislooters ?

          • whales1212

            There’s difference between sexual assault and rape, it’s not how you generalise it like here in Nigeria.

          • Ibeson

            You keep talking “rape”, where did you read that? By the way what do you mean by “black Nigerians”?

      • thusspokez

        would you apologies for what you didn’t do,just read what you pasted,you can clearly see that the Americans are desperate,america does not take rape case likely

        Who is accusing them of rape?

        Read the article again, particularly where it said that the hotel management informed the State department. In normal circumstance, their alleged crimes would have been dealt with, locally and they would have been in jail now if not for the US State department interventions.

        • oliver

          what are you saying,that the state department covered up a crime,do you know that is equally a criminal offence.there is no way you can defend the incompetent of the Ambassador

          • thusspokez

            there is no way you can defend the incompetent of the Ambassador

            What exactly do you mean by “the incompetent of the Ambassador”?

          • oliver

            first diplomatic issues are not for press,secondly you do not criminalize people based on accusation especially high level government officials

          • thusspokez

            Earlier, you called it their activities crimes; now it is diplomatic issues. What you are implying is that a crime should not come into the open if it is a diplomatic issue?

            you do not criminalise people based on accusation

            To criminalise someone is to make their activities illegal. No one is turning the activities of the Nigerian legislators illegal because the aforementioned activities are already illegal.

          • oliver

            sorry i do not call people criminals because they are black Nigerians,i am not with that school.the law of both Nigeria and the United states are clear,until a competent court and seats on the issue and agrees this men committed a crime,they remain law abiding citizens.a letter from an incompetent ambassador doesn’t make them guilty

          • thusspokez

            “black Nigerians”? First time I have heard of this.

    • whales1212

      Lol

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    ”U.S. has “solid evidence” of sex scandal against Nigerian lawmakers – Sources”

    Where is the evidence in this LONG SONG of your?

    My brothers (our lawmakers) are all innocent until convicted by a competent court of law.

    • tundemash

      Now they have been stigmatised, what is stopping them from carrying out their threat to sue for defamation of character?

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        They are working on it.

  • The Percolator

    Bloody empty vessels….. They think its business as usual where you bend the law to suit you. Let’s pray they have the ‘balls’ to file a lawsuit so the evidence can be revealed. While I have utter contempt for most of these lawmakers, I must admit that we, to an extent, are to blame. We deserve the rulers we get because of our apathy and aloofness when it comes to our electoral and political process. So don’t just opine here….. do something to fix this. Get involved in the political process. We need more credible people. We need an innovator to help with crowd funding a credible candidate. We need to do something

  • Ologbon

    My prayer is for them to institute legal actions as they threatened. United States is not Nigeria where Fayose is justifying the obvious. The department of State won’t release any evidence to the public for now and until they are tendered in law courts. While they are presumed innocent until proven guilty, it is not beyond them to solicit for sex and even assault the poor steward going by their antecedents in Nigeria. You need to see how they treat girls in Nigeria. They will be shocked when confronted with the evidences in the law court. Go ahead and institute legal actions as the US Ambassador won’t retract the letter or apologize. Do you really deserve an apology?

  • thusspokez

    The alleged incidents occurred in April at the Residence Inn Marriot, Downtown Cleveland and were promptly reported to State Department officials by the hotel’s management.

    This would imply that the hotel management had instruction from the State Department to contact them and not the local law enforcement in the even of any shenanigans.

    You could read from this that the US State Department did everything, it could, to protect the IVLP attendees. So why would the same US State Department now make false accusations against people it had shielded from its own laws in the US? Those accusing the US of falsely maligning the three Nigerian legislators are not making any sense.

  • tundemash

    “Contrary to Mr. Gbillah’s assertion that Mr. Entwistle’s petition was an attempt “to bring disrepute to the hallowed institution of the National Assembly and the entire nation of Nigeria”, our source said the intention was to put out there that some participants in the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP), not all, are guilty of bad behaviour and to educate participants who may be admitted for this and other programmes in future.”

    That is their usual d@ft defence along with their e-rats. Once they are caught, they withdraw into their tribal “cocoon” and claim the call for them to face justice is an attempt to ridicule their tribe as if the tribe sent them to commit a crime.”

  • sammyctu ode

    These NA sex offenders and predators have been doing this kind of sexual molestation in Nigeria for a long time, it has been part of their culture and they can never change. A whole USA Ambassador will not waste his precious time to write the speaker if they have not conducted a thorough investigations by many arms of USA government. We have illiterates, rapists, criminals, corrupt animals and predators at our NA who have been spreading HIV/AIDS for so many years and infecting their wives, many women and minors. Shameless barbaric animals parading themselves as lawmakers.

  • realist

    The behavior of our law breakers is an indication of how criminal inclined Nigerian have become. Our value system has crashed. Our conscience are warped. Unfortunately no one is telling the truth. Are we irredeemable?

  • Charles

    If the affected law-makers are smart they should just let it rest- they have taken home behavior to the outside forgetting that it is not the same system.

  • michael ijere

    The lawmakers should call their bluff and go to court

  • emmanuel kalu

    This is the reason Nigerian’s traveling with green passport are treated like criminals. Because this elected official that should know better, have disgraced us. Like the source said, it was a small issue that would have gone away with a smart political apology, instead this fools where yelling and threatening legal action. You think the US judge are like Nigeria judge that are afraid of you. why don’t you go back to the US and sue. see what happens to you.

  • Ibukun Bandele

    Completely useless NIGERIAN lawbreakers

  • marc umeh

    This is not as complicated. All they have to do is to sue the US in NIGERIA. Give the case to that judge who belong to the same society as you. Get the juju doctor involved, though he might ask for a human head .Go to your hometown and tell them it’s all a conspiracy to marginalize them.
    Then sit back and watch magic.

    • Woolly Dee.

      Ohooo. that is the easiest short cut. And it is very easy for politicians to get human head if they really need it.

  • Galantman

    Ohhhhhh.
    God. This ” honorable” law makers will further expose this country to ridicule. Honestly theUnited sates could have arrested and prosecute them there and save us from further embarrassment.

  • DanJ

    They will investigate the matter in their hallowed chambers, declare themselves innocent and then tell the people that a matter that has been decided in their hallowed chambers can no longer be taken to Court. This was the precedence they tried to establish with respect to the forgery of rules case (BTW it crumbled like a pack of cards). We should not rush to judgement though I doubt the Ambassador will dip his pen in ink without a certain level of conviction unless he is trying to call their bluff and at least draw attention to similar activities to discourage such in future. Even if all parties apologise eventually, everyone will be more careful and law abiding next time. It will be most unfortunate if any of the lawmakers was falsely accused as no system is perfect.

  • ShimaGyoh

    Some people who enjoy absolute financial, political and social privileges in Nigeria think they have the same powers in every country of the world.

  • TC

    The onus is on Dogara, only a sex predator will defend or shield another sex predator, period.

  • harry

    The three law makers better back out to avoid disgrace, because i know they are not innocent, they did it!

  • kallys Albert Sr.

    The U.S. officials may have whatever they claim to be credible evidence of the sex scandal, but I remain to be contradicted that lies and misrepresentations rain supreme even in U.S. Official circles including most of the judiciary where justices distort and substitute facts with their own perceived versions and nothing happens. I have empirical evidence to back up my facts and I am ready on spill of my blood to present such facts any day, any time, anywhere. The United States understands more than any one else that “post hoc” evidence is perhaps the least of admissible evidence. My point is that they did not interview or interrogate these accused – and claiming investigation that did not include these individuals’ input appears to defeat any post hoc evidence that may be produced in this case.

    Unless one has an experiential knowledge of the working system in the United States, such a person will like fall for these claims against numerous contradictions. Refusing to retract and/or apologize is merely a show of power and arrogance

    • oliver

      well said,Nigerian who have never been at the receiving end think they are dealing with saints,probably even gods.

    • Iskacountryman

      let them produce it…fair hearing demands you hear from both sides…

    • marc umeh

      Sir , I am sorry for whatever experience you might have had but I still don’t get your point. These gentlemen are accused of a serious crime . They US claim to have incriminating evidence.
      So they have a right to sue and confront their accusers.They should go to court.

    • lbeson

      I don’t think u know these lawmakers. One of them represents me. It’s not long he paid N50m in settlement for sleeping with a married woman. what he is alleged to have done in the US is nowhere near his lowest.

  • Nwa_Africa

    Why trying to fuccccck the Mexicans when you can just go to Francophone countries and have fun? Lazy lawbreakers……………………..

  • Maria

    Since these useless law breakers have requested for open investigation let the US provide all evidences including the video to be played to the public so that these animals will know that US is not Abuja.

    • Sadinho

      Trust me, they will say the evidence, video or audio was doctored.

  • Our name is Oh!

    American law is not Nigerian law. Furnish our officials with what info you have and stop quibbling with things that do not concern you.

    • TC

      Ya picture and ya comment match…lmao

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Dear Nigeria: Please keep your lowlife trash politicians in Nigeria. Thank you.

  • Jaspa Matanga

    I still maintain that the USA ambassador’s action was unnecessary over-kill. The collateral damages of his action far outweigh what ever benefits he envisaged. Consequently his action is sadistic in that it inflicted undeserved stigma on Nigeria, eh National Assembly and Nigerians at large.

    • Jujubeans

      Overkill? Our moral compass in this country is so warped. Do this one thing: think about these men giving testimony of what they did in church. As in, praise God..I went to America on a program and whilst there I met this house keeper who was so fine, I grabbed her. Then I went looking for PROSTITUTUES. If the thought of that makes you uncomfortable, then what they did was wrong. Plain and simple, not to mention highly illegal.

  • Netanyahu

    It amuses me that people are wasting time and space here commenting on a non-issue. These idiots forgot they were outside Nigeria at the time. The usual practice here in Nigeria is that wherever politicians or government officials visit, special assistants to their host must organize body-no-be-wood (bnbw) for the number of days/nights they will spend in the host’s domain. It’s a tradition, even taking place as we write. Who are the materials for this bnbw? Your daughters and sisters in higher institutions in that state. There are agents (old cargo female students) in every institution of higher learning that recruit young girls for this. During the 2nd republic, they even went as low as high school students. It’s that bad. Our brothers from the far north axis prefer those ‘biscuit bones’ of 14 to 15 years of age. This is a booming business in Nigeria but we shall pretend as usual. Visit any big hotel in town when politicians are on campaign and see the hustling and trading that go on, mostly in the evenings. Make una leave matter. But these Americans sef. Our ‘distinguished’ officials came all the way from Africa u na no fit organize one bnbw for them for one night? Na waa for u na O! Instead u na wan sack them from work.

  • agbobu

    SHAME ON THE SO CALLED LAW MAKERS OR RATHER LAW BREAKERS. IF THEY CLAIM TO BE INNOCENT AS ACUUSED TO SHOULD SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO THE AUTHORITIES IN THE USA AND CLEAR THEMSELVES OF THESE VERY DISGRACEFUL OFFENCES. IN THE ALTERNATIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA MUST SEND THEM BACK TO THE USA TO CLEAR THEIR NAMES AND SAVE NIGERIA FROM THIS MESS.

  • Omoolowu

    These idiots called lawmakers probably thought they are dealing with equally corrupt Nigerian Police.
    Funny criminals, demanding for evidence, they should go and subject themselves to lie detector test.

  • thusspokez

    The House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara handling of the case is at best mediocre; the responses of the suspects are rather irrational too.

    The US Ambassador had sent a confidential letter to the House of Representatives Speaker complaining about the behaviours of three Nigerian legislators. Now, who disclosed the content of the letter to the media, I know not, but this should have been dealt with by the Speaker and the suspects quietly. But then these are Nigerians: the only way they know how to solve problems is to respond with aggression, threats and false counter accusations; and of course, and the usual Nigerian bravado thrown in.

    Who now comes out worst ? Surely, it is not the US Ambassador but the Speaker and the three suspects legislators.

  • shola

    “I won’t be surprised if they keep female service staff away from anyone
    who identifies as a Nigerian or carries Nigerian passport,”
    Are you sure we don’t have gays in the NASS? Prostitution is not allowed in the US, but gay is allowed, so, they can out themselves over there. Lawmakers=lawbreakers. They must be dismissed from the NASS for misconduct in office.

  • Esskay2000

    @disqus_A0ZcSOvbbq:disqus

    Nigeria’s so-called leaders are too local to be called leaders. Nobody in the Senate or the House of Representatives
    has proved exceptional out of the over 400 crass men and women just mis-elected by equally daft Nigerian people.
    Anyone possessed of average intelligence should know that the U.S government won’t act officially without evidence.
    Once the Ametican Ambassador to Nigeria signed the complaint, the evidence was deemed complete in Washington.

  • Ojeleye Iyiola

    Our political leaders in Nigeria are good at denying even if they are caught in the act.