House begins probe of Reps’ ‘sex misconduct’ in U.S.



The House of Representatives yesterday commenced a probe into the allegations of sex misconduct leveled against three of its members during a visit to the United States.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara while instituting the Investigation, mandated the House Committees on Ethic and Privileges and Foreign Affairs to ensure a detailed investigation into the issue to allow the House make an informed decision.

The Speaker however said Nigeria expects from America the Standard investigations it’s known for and the adherence to the Principle of fair hearing in which an accused is adjudged innocent until proven guilty.

“The standard in the US is that an accused person is adjudged innocent until proven guilty. The standard in the US is the standard in Nigeria,” he said.

The three lawmakers, Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi), Hon. Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Hon. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue) were part of 10 legislators invited by the U.S. government for the International Visitor Leadership Programme held between April 7 and 13, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle had via a letter dated June 9, 2016, to the Speaker of the House accused the three lawmakers of sexual impropriety while in the U.S.

The three members have consistently denied the allegations



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