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House Committee Clears Members of Sexual Misconduct

The three members of the House of Representatives earlier accused of sexual misconduct by immediate past United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

Mr. Entwistle had in a June 9 letter addressed to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, alleged that Rep. Mohammed Gololo (APC-Bauchi), Mark Gbillah (APC-Benue) and Samuel Ikom (PDP-Akwa Ibom), sexually assaulted some ladies during their stay at a hotel in the U.S.

The ambassador had, in a petition to the house, alleged that the lawmakers who attended a leadership programme in Cleveland, Ohio, between April 7 and April 13, sexually assaulted a house keeper and solicited sex from some girls.

On the strength of the allegation, the House directed its committee on ethics and privileges to launch an investigation, in spite of the affected lawmakers’ claim of innocence.

The committee, which investigated the allegation, had in a report submitted to the House on Tuesday, said that Reps Gbillah, Gololo and Ikom were exonerated from the accusation for want of evidence.

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