The Federal House of Representative has called on Nigerians to wait for the result of the investigation on its members accused of sexual misconduct before judging them in the court of public opinion.
This was stated by the spokesperson of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, while speaking with Punch Newspapers.
Namdas insisted that the House will investigate the allegation against its members as they had promised.
Three members of the House: Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue); Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom); and Mohammed Garba-Gololo (APC, Bauchi), were last week accused by the United States Government of sexual misconduct when they visited the country.
The three men have vigorously denied the allegation even as their US visas have been suspended.
“We believe in fair hearing. An allegation remains an allegation until it is proved beyond all reasonable doubts”, the House spokesperson was quoted to have said.
“But, we have noticed that people simply condemn these our colleagues; they pass judgement as if to say there is no need to hear from them, that they are already guilty.”
“Have people tried to look at the other side? That it is also possible that the members are innocent? That is why we say we will investigate and give everyone fair hearing.”
However, sources in the House revealed that the Speaker clasped his dead in an expression of shock when he received the letter from the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle.
An official in the National Assembly told Punch that, “Last week, there was so much trepidation at the House. The worry was how to handle the scandal.”
“Not that lawmakers passed judgment on their colleagues, but the mere mention of the issue and how the public would react to it caused a serious anxiety among members.”
“When they first took the letter to Dogara, he was dumbfounded. He raised his hands up, dropped them on his cap, mumbling some words of prayer.”
“There have been a series of meetings held where members have discussed the allegation and are still hopeful that it is possible that their colleagues are being framed up.”