The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara on Thursday, ordered the investigation of three members of the House for an alleged sex scandal.
The House Committee on Media and Public Affairs Chairman, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, confirmed this in Abuja just as investigations had shown that the United States Embassy had cancelled the visas of the affected members.
Namdas said that the leadership of the House decided to investigate the alleged sex scandal following a formal complaint made by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle. “The House leadership has commenced its own part of the investigation. When it is concluded, we will brief Nigerians further on this issue.”
The affected House members named in the petition were Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC – Bauchi), Samuel Ikon (PDP – Akwa Ibom), and Mark Gbillah (APC – Benue).
This misconduct was committed by the legislators while participating in an International Visitor Leadership Programme on Good Governance in the United States of America. The development came as the US formally cancelled its visas from the three lawmakers, an indication that they had been barred from future trips to the United States.
A National Assembly source stated, “The speaker came under pressure because many members are not satisfied with the responses of the affected persons. Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara said “we received troubling allegations regarding the behaviour of three members of the delegation to the US Government’s flagship professional exchange programme.
“The US State Department and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs received reports from employees of the Cleveland hotel, where the lawmakers stayed, alleging that the representatives engaged in the following behaviour:
“Mohammed Garba Gololo allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his hotel room and solicited her for sex. While the housekeeper reported this to her management, this incident could have involved local law enforcement and resulted in legal consequences for Representative Gololo.
“Mark Terseer Gbillah and Samuel Ikon allegedly requested that hotel parking attendants assist them to solicit prostitutes.”
Some of the members, who participated in the programme were Chairman, House Committee on the Diaspora Affairs, Mrs. Rita Orji; Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Gaza Jonathan; Mrs. Ayo Omidiran; Mr. Danburam Abubakar; and Mr. Nkole Ndukwe.
The letter was copied to Dogara, the US Secretary of State, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Cleveland Council of World Affairs, and the President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International.