June 17, 2016 – Nigerian Politician Attempts To Rape Hotel Cleaner In Cleveland Ohio US As 2 Lawmakers Ask For Prostitutes
The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity, Abdulrazak Namdas, has disclosed that the House will investigate allegations that three of its members were involved in sexual offences while on a trip to the United States for a leadership programme.
US Ambassador, James Enwistle, in a letter dated June 9, 2016, addressed to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, alleged that three members, namely, Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi), Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue) had, on a recent visit to the United States for the International Visitor Leadership Programme, been involved in sexual misconduct.
According to the envoy, Gbillah and Ikon asked a staff of the hotel they were lodged in to engage prostitutes on their behalf and Gololo attempted to rape a housekeeper.
Speaking at the weekly briefing of the Media and Publicity Committee, Namdas said the leadership of the House is committed to investigating the allegations.
However, he was not forthcoming on the procedure to be adopted in investigating the lawmakers.
“As a responsible parliament, the leadership of the House, having received the letter from the Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria is conducting its own investigation.
“As it stands, it is still an allegation. We have our own rules. We have our own laws as a country. Once investigations are concluded, we will further brief you on the matter,” he stated.
Also Gbillah and Ikon in separate statements yesterday, denied any wrong doing, saying they have commenced the process of clearing their names.
Ten lawmakers were invited by the US government for the International Visitor Leadership Programme held between April 7 and 13, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Entwistle’s letter read in part: “It is with regret that I must bring to your attention the following situation.
“Ten members of the Nigerian National Assembly recently travelled to Cleveland, Ohio as participants in the International Visitor Leadership Programme on good governance.
“We received troubling allegations regarding the behaviour of three members of the delegation to the US Government’s flagship professional exchange programme…”
“The US Department of State and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs received reports from employees of the Cleveland hotel where the representatives stayed, alleging 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, the incident could have involved local law enforcement and resulted in legal consequences for Representative Gololo.
“Mark Terseer Gbillah and Samuel Ikon allegedly requested hotel parking attendants to assist them to solicit prostitutes.”