Sex­ual mis­con­duct: Ac­cused Reps de­mand video ev­i­dence

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Joint Com­mit­tees of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Ethics and Priv­i­leges and For­eign Af­fairs yes­ter­day grilled three of their col­leagues ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct while at­tend­ing a lead­er­ship pro­gramme in the United States in April.

The out­go­ing US Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Mr James En­twistle, had on June 9, writ­ten a let­ter of com­plaint to Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara, ac­cus­ing Rep Mo­hammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi) of “grab­bing” a ho­tel maid, while Reps Mark Gbil­lah (APC, Benue) and Sa­muel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) were al­leged to have re­quested for pros­ti­tutes through car park at­ten­dants.

Tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the com­mit­tee, Gololo said the al­le­ga­tion against him was false and un­founded, say­ing dur­ing his stay at the Mar­iot Ho­tel in US, there was no time a maid en­tered his room.

“I never grabbed any house­maid. I take this mat­ter se­ri­ously. I de­mand an apol­ogy and re­trac­tion from the am­bas­sador. I in­sist that the ev­i­dence against me be pro­duced. I de­mand video of the al­le­ga­tion”, he said.

Gbil­lah told the com­mit­tee that he never had any cause to speak with an at­ten­dant through­out the pro­gramme, say­ing “I dare the US gov­ern­ment to pro­duce the video ev­i­dence on the in­ci­dent.”

Ikon said: “It was most dev­as­tat­ing, de­mean­ing and em­bar­rass­ing to be ac­cused of such a mis­con­duct. I did not re­quest the as­sis­tance of any­body nor did I de­sire a pros­ti­tute. I was never ques­tioned on the al­leged is­sue in the US or in Nige­ria for the is­sue.

The com­mit­tees said the min­is­ter should ap­pear along­side the US en­voy to­day over the mat­ter.

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