Reps clear colleagues accused of sexual assault

Reps clear colleagues accused of sexual assault
October 11 20:54 2016

The House of Representatives has exonerated  three members who were accused of committing sexual harassment in the United States.

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 of the House, Yakubu Dogara, accused Mohammed Galolo, Samuel Ikon and Mark Gbillah of trying to patronise prostitutes and made attempts to rape a hotel staff.

Entwistle had said the conduct constituted a betrayal of trust, sexual offences and called for an investigation.

The three lawmakers had participated in a leadership conference sponsored by the U.S. State Department in Ohio.

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

The House therefore mandated the Ethics and Privileges Committee to investigate the matter.

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 the former US envoy declined to come forward.

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