Sources in the United States of America have revealed that relevant authorities in the country are in the possession of ‘solid evidence’ of sexual misconduct of 3 Nigerians lawmakers.
U.S. Ambassador in Nigeria, James Entwistle had written a letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara accusing the trio of Mohammed Garba Gololo (Bauchi APC), Samuel Ikon (Akwa Ibom PDP) and Mark Gbillah (Benue APC) of soliciting sexual favours from hotel staff.
All 3 of the lawmakers have vehemently denied the claims and further asked that evidence of their said misconduct be shown or legal action would be taken against the ambassador.
According to Premium Times, sources in Washington D.C have reavaled that relevant U.S. officials are in possession of records specifying “circumstances of” the alleged incidents, including “eyewitness reports” and real-time “video” evidence.
One of the sources at the State Department was quoted to have said, “The Ambassador wouldn’t have written to the Speaker if there is no solid evidence,” said one of our sources, who added that after the hotel manager reported the incidents, State Department officers “had to investigate before acting on the allegations.”
The source also disclosed that the investigation of the matter was extensive and thorough as it included the interrogation of relevant hotel staff and review of all security cameras in the vicinity of the alleged incidents.
The source said contrary to Gololo’s denial, “he is the one who actually put his hand on somebody, the others only made a verbal request”.
Also, Entwistle would neither retract nor apologise for his letter to Dogara.
“In all honesty, the Ambassador would not have gone forward with the letter if there is no solid evidence behind it,” the source said, adding that Entwistle “is not going to apologize; there is nothing to apologize for.”
The source also told Premium Times that “the reality is that these three gentlemen made a mistake. They violated the terms of the IVLP of which they were duly informed before they left Abuja.”
“Prostitution is not legal in the U.S., they were informed about that before their departure,” the source said.
Furthermore, the source said if the lawmakers had admitted that they were involved in the misconduct in error, the matter could have been resolved amicably.
“If they had been remorseful, if they had just said it was miscommunication and apologized, that would have been the end of it,” instead the lawmakers made their case “sound worse than it is” by overreacting.