The three House of Representatives members accused of sexual misconduct in the U.S., have denied the allegations. Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara has ordered an investigation into the allegations.
The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, accused them of soliciting sex from prostitutes in Cleveland, Ohio, recently.
The lawmakers have reacted to the allegations.
Hon. Samuel Ikon a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Constituency of Akwa Ibom, said in Abuja on Saturday that the allegation was in bad taste and a case of mistaken identity.
“I wish to state unequivocally that this is false and definitely not me.
“This, to me is a case of mistaken identity and I will be vindicated. I have initiated measures both legal and diplomatic to clear my name and the institution I represent.
“There are many questions left unanswered by the actions of the U.S. mission but I believe it will become clearer in the course of time.”
“I want to reassure all of my innocence in this matter and I call on all relevant authorities and jurisdictions to commence full investigation to correct this great injustice to me.
“I have an unwavering faith in God to see me through this trying moment and plead with all not to be hasty in condemning me as the final outcome will surely clear my name.
“I urge for patience, prayers and God’s abiding wisdom at this time”
He also said that he had briefed his lawyers to initiate legal and diplomatic steps to get to the root of the matter “to clear my name and the institution I represent”.
Hon. Mark Gbillah of the All Progressives Congress (APC) represents Gwer East/Gwer West Federal Constituency of Benue State. He and Ikon were accused of encouraging prostitution by soliciting the services of sex workers through car park attendants.
But in his reaction, he said the allegation is an affront on the National Assembly and a “calculated attempt to rubbish” the Nigeria’s lawmaking institution.
In a letter to the US Embassy, Gbillah threatened legal action against the country’s Department of State, Marriot Hotel Brand, the Cleveland Council of World Affairs and the US State Embassy, “requesting for damages, comprehensive investigation of these allegations to exonerate myself and a formal globally publicised apology”.
Hon. Mohammed Gololo also of the APC, represents Gamawa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State. Gololo was accused of grabbing a hotel chambermaid and solicited sex.
But in a letter to the American Embassy in Nigeria dated June 13, Gololo said:
“These are totally false, unfounded and baseless allegations against me. I categorically deny that any such incident happened. I never grabbed any housekeeper or solicited sex.”
He demanded “video or any such evidence of my alleged misbehaviour”.