One of the House of Representatives members, who has been accused of sexual misconduct during a leadership training in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, has denied the allegation, quoting it as “a case of mistaken identity.”
Hon. Samuel Ikon, on Thursday, threatened to sue the United States Ambassador, James Entwist, for “character defamation and a calculated attempt to ridicule the National Assembly.”
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The US Ambassador relaid the allegation in a formal letter last week, to the House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, accusing some members of sexual misconduct (attempted rape and soliciting for prostitutes) during their official trip to the U.S.
Speaking in Abuja, Ikon launch in defense of the allegation:
“My attention has been drawn to the publication alleging an act of impropriety against me by the U.S. mission in Nigeria. I wish to state unequivocally that this is false and definitely not me.
“This to me, is a case of mistaken identity and I have already instituted measures both legally and diplomatically to clear my name and the institution I represent. I call for patience and God’s abiding wisdom at this time.”
In the letter written by Entwist, who is the US ambassador to Nigeria, dated June 9, the Ambassador identified three members of the House namely, Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi); Hon. Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Hon. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue) of sexual complexity during their trip.
He alleged that the three members solicited for sex from prostitutes, adding that Hon. Gololo grabbed a hotel housekeeper while requesting for sex.
Meanwhile, House of Representative spokesman, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas told reporters yesterday that the House has commenced investigation into the alleged sexual miscount leveled against its members. He said:
“Ten members went to Ohio in USA on a leadership programme and returned successfully. We recently received a letter from the U.S. ambassador that there was misconducts by some of the members on the trip.
“While we investigate the matter, it remains an allegation.”