Sex Scandal: Accused Lawmakers Deny Allegation, Insist On Proof

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, mandated its committees on Ethics and Privileges and Foreign Affairs to investigate alleged sexual misconduct against three of its members.

This followed a motion brought under Order six, Rules two and 22 of the House Standing Orders by one of the accused, Rep. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue).

In the motion, Gbillah described the action of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwhistle, in petitioning the house, as a move to tarnish the image of the lawmakers and the hallowed chamber. He said that no such incident occurred as reported by the ambassador, and insisted that the envoy should provide proof to support his allegation.

Gbillah, who was accused with Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Mohammed Gololo (APC, Bauchi) of the crime, said that none of them was interrogated by U.S. authorities over the allegation.

He said that there was, therefore, the need not to draw conclusion on the matter until it had been properly investigated.

The motion was unanimously adopted through a voice vote.

However, Rep. Nnena Elendu-Ukeje, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, cautioned that the matter should be taken with utmost seriousness so as not to jeopardise Nigeria-U.S. relationship.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the house, Mr Yakubu Dogara, urged Nigerians to tread with caution on the matter until the persons involved were proven guilty.

He therefore referred the matter to the relevant committees “to be handled in line with international best practice’’.

Credit: Guardian

BringBackOurGirls Campaigners Insist On Meeting Buhari

BringBackOurGirls campaigners and the parents of the over 200 girls that were abducted in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014 on Thursday insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari must grant them audience.

Buhari had earlier sent a government delegation led by the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan, to receive the protesters on his behalf at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

But the highly infuriated leader of the group, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, told the government delegation that consisted the Minister of Defence, National Security Adviser and the Chief of Defence Staff that they would not speak to any other person apart from the President.

When all efforts made to pacify the protesters did not yield any positive result, the government delegation sent a message to the President.

Buhari was receiving the visiting President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi, in his office while the drama was playing out.

Immediately Yayi left, the President changed his mind and decided to meet the protesters personally.

The message was thereafter passed to the protesters.

At the time of filing this report at 1.30pm, security and protocol officials had been quickly drafted to the venue to prepare for the President’s arrival.

Meanwhile, before the President resolved to meet the protesters, Ezekwesili had had a confrontation with the Minister of Women Affairs whom she accused of not being fear to the parents of the abducted girls with the way she spoke to them.

She said the minister was busy chiding the already traumatized parents in her choice of words.

This, she observed, was unlike the Minister of Defence, NSA and the CDS who she said their tones connected with the parents.

Credit: Punch