House of Reps clears members accused by U.S. of sexual assault

Inside the chambers of the House of Representatives
Inside the chambers of the House of Representatives

The House of Representatives on Tuesday cleared the three lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct.

In recommendations submitted by its Ethics and Privileges Committee, the House also mandated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to engage the United States senior diplomats on ways to reconcile the U.S. mission in Nigeria and the accused lawmakers.

A former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, had in a letter to Speaker Yakubu Dogara said Mohammed Galolo, Samuel Ikon and Mark Gbillah sought to patronise prostitutes and made attempts to rape a hotel housekeeper.

In the scathing petition, dated June 9, Mr. Entwistle painted details of the lawmakers’ activities and said the conduct constituted a betrayal of trust and called for a thorough investigation.

Mr. Entwistle said the incident occurred when the three lawmakers participated in a leadership conference sponsored by the U.S. State Department in Ohio.

The letter earned the lawmakers public criticism, prompting the House to mandate the Ethics and Privileges Committee to investigate the matter.

But the lawmakers denied the allegations and challenged the diplomat to provide evidence supporting the claims.

Mr. Entwistle and the U.S. embassy declined to comment further the matter.

Nicholas Ossai, chairman of the 13-member ethics committee, said the panel heard from the three accused lawmakers but htheir efforts to get Mr. Entwistle to appear were unsuccessful.

The House also said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should warn the United States diplomats in Nigeria to always use formal channels when pursuing diplomatic matters.

Mr. Entwistle retired from the U.S. Diplomatic Service in August and had since left Nigeria.

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  • vagabonds in power

    What type of President do we have in Nigeria-for heavens sake-Is this not the same President who issued a statement—————–in support of the raid–by his Gestapo the DSS and EFCC-to the homes of the Judges—-? Now denying knowledge of the Raid———-A sane and EDUCATED president would have briefed the Chief Justice of the Federation before embarking on such childish exercise——–For the Rivers state governor–Wike—the judge in that state would have been murdered or—-harassed to death–And the SS would have lied to us he died while attempting to escape through the roof of his building——–Again Bingo Buhari as a CIA created president–did not–take the pains to handle such a sensitive matter with care——The same way way he sent soldiers to raid the home of late Awolowo—–and seized his passport—–Only for him to deny days later that he was not instrumental to the madness displayed by his Fulani soldiers——from Mali—at the residence of late Awo———Now he is at it again–with his mad dogs–from Niger Republic—chasing Judges all over the place because he wants them to over turn elections in Rivers and Akwa Ibom for the thieving vision-less newspaper based Apes in APC—————— Besides—-which judge-will be insane enough to collect money from Monsters like Amaechi-as bribe?—- Amaechi is after the pound of flesh of Jonathan and his wife—Dame–period————–All these fake stories about 30b dollars Oil money found in the hand bag of the former first lady ati Deizani are things Amaechi sponsored to enable him pull Jonathan down—-Sadly it is Buhari that his evil acts are affecting not Jonathan—–Instead of Amaechi helping to improve the Ministry of Transport—he is busy chasing shadows in the air————-

    • Ebele

      What are you commenting on bros? Seems like you are just MAD. Anyway, I can read your problem, kindly visit the nearest hospital for some checks. BYE

    • bala

      “vagabonds unchanged”

  • vagabonds in power

    That American Ambassador who was used by the Obama Administration to install his Fulani brother from Kenya, Bingo Buhari in Aso Rock, was acting a script spelt out for him by the CIA–in the White House–The entire idea was designed to rubbish the Image of the Speaker of the House of Rep–and make him and the said lawmakers look like rogues———-cloned from the prison cell of BINGO BUHARI in Benin—-where Ibb rightly dumped his dirty smelly remains until he was rescued by Abacha,—-Bingo Buhari does not give a hoot to the Nigerian citizenry———-who often claim to have—————-cast their votes for him—This is-because he knows it was the CIA that installed him as president——and not Nigerian voters—-So he does not care whether 9jas die or remain-as humans among members-of the civilized world—-Bingo Buhari has nothing upstairs again in his dead brain cells– to sell to Nigerians besides the occasional scare tactics used against Jonathan and his wife–ati the people of the the SS and the freedom fighters in the Niger Delta——How can a sane president use foreign powers to damage the image of lawmakers in the country—-If he is not chasing——-Senators with fake corruption allegation it is—-members of the House of Rep——if not them then Dame Jonathan–Now it is the Judiciary————meanwhile he is running the most corrupt government–in the history of mankind with thieves as Ministers–which also includes his wife ati the failed Halliburton case—whom he married at the age of 9—————-Biko–let my people from the SS go—-enough of these fake Fulani ati Yoruba rule–ojare—–

    • wazobia ninja!!!!!!

      you smoke krishna incense?

      • bala

        Am sure he did. he must have just jump out from the smoking room. Do you know where he is coming from ” do not say i told you” proscribed UNDEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA.

        • Lucas

          Mr Vagabond is the worst example of an intellectually challenged Nigerian.
          One really wonders who is more dumb, he or Mrs Patience Goodluck of Otueke!
          Watch how the very thought of Buhari makes him go banana!

          Challenge him any day to suggest any solution to any problem and you will realize the meaning of the word, imbecile!!

  • George

    This APC house of Raps or sorry house of Reps are evils design by APC yeye John Oyegun the daughter fuckers from Bini.

    Shameful people

  • Rommel

    This is the same kind of thing that happened in the judiciary where misconducts are protected by the body supposed to expose and disciple with the hope that they are fooling me,in the end,they will be the ones to suffer because they have refused to take steps to discipline erring members,let me tell them one thing,in the eyes of the law in the United states,these members are all now dirty and so they should get ready to face the consequences of their actions.

  • Dejandon

    Like NJC like the House. Three-arms of corruption

  • bala

    Good! the assembly of rogues have cleared their members of wrong doing.Now dogara and ogor should proceed to US in person to file suit against the accusers of their members and lets see how Obama would provide them diplomatic immunity from public shooting. don’t laugh am serious.

  • Umar Dendi

    After fighting Jibrin, of course they will