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Thursday, 23 June 2016

House of Reps to conduct public hearing on U.S. sexual allegations against members

The House of Representatives says it will convene a public hearing as part of its investigations into an alleged sex scandal involving three of its members.

The hearing will allow Nigerians weigh in on the matter and be transparently engaged in the investigations as promised by the House leadership, Nicholas Ossai, the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, said.
The scandal allegedly occurred in the U.S. state of Ohio early June.
The allegations were contained in a petition forwarded to Speaker Yakubu Dogara by U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, on June 9.
In the correspondence, Mr. Entwistle said three Nigerian lawmakers, Mohammed Gololo (APC, Bauchi), Mark Gbillah (APC-Benue) and Samuel Ikon (PDP-Akwa Ibom), solicited sex from a hotel attendant and tried to engage the services of prostitutes while attending a leadership training program in that country.
The three lawmakers deny the allegations.
The speaker, Mr. Dogara, has also asked the United States government to prove its claim.
Mr. Ossai told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday that his committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee had been mandated to investigate the case under a transparent atmosphere.
“It was clearly stated when the committee was set up that we should make it transparent public hearing and the three lawmakers agreed,” Mr. Ossai said. “We’re going to do it openly so that everybody would see what we’re doing.”
Mr. Ossai, however, said he won’t be able to give a specific date of when the hearing would begin, adding that the committee was still working out the modalities on how the general public would be engaged.