The National Assembly, NASS, has cleared three of its members of an alleged moral misconduct leveled against them by a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle.
The accused, House Deputy Chairman, Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Mr. Terse Mark-Gbillah (APC, Benue); Mr. Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom); and Mr. Mohammed Garba-Gololo (APC, Bauchi), have been absolved of all allegations.
United States had accused the lawmakers of trying to engage the services of commercial s*x workers during a leadership training in USA.
The National Assembly mandated its Joint Committee on Ethics/Privileges and Foreign Relations to investigate the matter.
The committees were jointly chaired by Mr. Nicholas Ossai and Ms. Nnena Ukeje.
The allegations changed after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, appeared before the committees on July 21 to testify that the US did not produce any concrete evidence to prove the allegations.
Entwistle did not honor NASS’ invitation.
Another female maid in a US hotel, who alleged that Garba-Gololo “grabbed” her, also declined to testify.
A report of the committees cleared the members of any wrongdoing in the US.
According to the committee, we counsel “That Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo, Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah and Hon. Samuel Ikon be cleared of and exonerated from the allegations leveled against them by the United States Ambassador to Nigeria in his June 9, 2016 letter to the Rt. Hon. Speaker for want of evidence.
“That the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should write to remind the United States Embassy of the need to always adopt official channel of communications in its dealings with any organ or institution of government.”
The House adopted all recommendations soon after Ossai briefed members on the findings of the investigation.