Sex scandal: Reps panel shifts hearing to July 20

The investigative panel set up by the House of Representatives to probe the alleged sex scandal involving three members of the House on Thursday shifted hearing on the matter to July 20.

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The trio of Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi), Hon. Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Hon. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue), who were among 10 legislators invited by the United States Government  to a leadership training programmed  in Cleveland, Ohio, were accused of engaging in illicit sexual activities by the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle.

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Gbillah’s wife, Sophia, was seen at the hearing with a baby on Thursday.

The U.S ambassador, who was invited by the House members to testify on the matter, was consciously absent at the hearing.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who had reportedly interacted with the U.S Ambassador on the issue, was also absent at the sitting.

The minister, however, sent a letter to the lawmakers, informing them he would be absent at the hearing.

The letter reads:

” I regret that I would not be able to attend the scheduled committee hearing as it coincides with the 29th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council  of the African Union which I will be attending in Kigali, Rwanda from 13-15 July 2016.

“I would however be pleased to appear before the Committee at any other time after my return from Kigali on 19th July 2016.”

 

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