Three members of the House of Representatives – Messrs Mohammed Garba-Gololo (Bauchi), Terse Gbilla (Benue) and Samuel Ikon (Cross River) – who were in the United States of America for a programme on good governance, have brought shame and ridicule on Nigeria following accusations that they engaged in sexual misconduct.
The United States complained about the misadventure and canceled their visas, while the leadership of the House yesterday (Thursday, June 16) instituted a panel to investigate the allegations capable of tarnishing the image of Nigerian politicians.
The US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, formally complained to the House, forwarding a letter concerning the alleged misdemeanor during the International Visitors Leadership Programme on Good Governance in Cleveland, Ohio ( April 7 – 13, 2016). The three lawmakers were there with seven other members of the House.
Entwistle had written:
“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 that 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, this incident could have involved local law enforcement and resulted in legal consequences for Representative Gololo.
“Mark Terseer Gbillah and Samuel Ikon allegedly requested that hotel parking attendants assist them to solicit prostitutes.”
The three lawmakers have dismissed the allegations as fairytale.
However, Nigerians are unimpressed, expressing their views on the image damaging sexcapade.
1.Isn’t it ironic that the 3 house of Reps members fingered in the sex/prostitution scandal were on a “Leadership Good Governance” programme
— Richard Vaughan (@ThisisROVA) June 17, 2016
If the House of Reps members who engage in sex scandal are found to be guilty, they deserve to be recall by their constituency.
— Sodeeq Monsuru (@sodeeqmonsuru) June 17, 2016
House of reps scandal should not surprise Nigerians. Most of those on top are perverts and sex offenders. We have no laws to protect women.
— Safeerah (@SultanaSafeerah) June 17, 2016
Three House of Reps members under investigation over sex Scandal in the US . They’ve taken their ‘shiina’ skills to Yankee 😂😂😂
— tHe BuHaRiSt (@KBanky1) June 17, 2016
Hon. Moh’d Garba Gololo, the House of Reps. Member alleged to have held a US Hotel House keeper for sex should be ashamed of himself
— khalil bashir (@ShariffKhalil) June 16, 2016
“House of Reps members accused of rape, soliciting for sex in US” There is always one scandal or two for any NASS dispensation in Nigeria…
— BIG-T (@TunjiMoronfoye) June 16, 2016
Two APC and One PDP NASS Reps involved in US Sex scandal~APC & PDP, together?
Konji is a viable source of National unity 🍌👙💋
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) June 17, 2016
If the 3 Reps involved in the Rape&Soliciting for Sex Scandal ain’t Sacked from HoR&further Reprimanded upon their Return to Nigeria.
— Zulqy (@zulqy77) June 17, 2016
Not content with bringing shame to Nigeria in Nigeria, these HoR members went all the way to Cleveland. https://t.co/8owvht1Tvt
— J (@je_mc2) June 16, 2016
This sort of behavior is what they indulge in. Spending money they dont deserve undeservedly. America isnt Abuja https://t.co/Cg4ZevrMOW
— iˡᶤᶬᶤᵗᵉᵈᵉᵈᶤᵗᶤᵒᶰ® (@Lady_Deelicious) June 16, 2016