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Reps Sex Scandal Lawmaker says US Ambassador did not follow protocol

Namdas however faults the move, saying the embattled lawmakers will be given a fair hearing.

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The chairman of the House of Reps committee on media and publicity, Abdulrazak Namdas has said that the outgoing US Ambassador, James Entwistle did not follow protocol when he reported that three lawmakers were involved in sexual misconduct while in Cleveland, United States for a leadership program.

Entwistle, in a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, alleged that Mohammed Garba Gololo (Bauchi), Samuel Ikon (Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (Benue), displayed improper sexual behaviour during their stay in the US.

Namdas however faults the move, saying the embattled lawmakers will be given a fair hearing.

He also said the hearing will be held in public, adding that nobody will be shielded.

He said  “The committees (ethics and privileges and foreign affairs) has decided to do a public hearing, we are not shielding anyone but we are going to give colleagues fair hearing.”

“The ambassador did not follow the due process by passing through the minister (foreign affairs) but we are past that now.”

The House ethics committee had reportedly summoned Entwistle to appear before it on Thursday, July 14, 2016, to shed more light on the allegations.

The lawmakers also called on the outgoing US Ambassador to provide proof to back his accusations.

Entwistle however did not appear before the Hon. Ossai Ossai led committee on Thursday.

The hearing was subsequently postponed to Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

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