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House Of Rep Members’ Sex Scandal Hearing Stalled Due To Absence Of US Ambassador

US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle
US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle

A public hearing scheduled by the House of Representatives to look into the allegation of sexual misconduct brought against three members of the house by the US government could not holdon Thursday due to the absence of the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle.

Entwistle had promised to come with video evidence of his allegation against three Nigerian lawmakers who attended a US sponsored leadership programme in Cleveland, Ohio.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara had constituted a panel to investigate the allegations following a petition by Entwistle in which the ambassador alleged that the three lawmakers sexually harassed hotel workers in Cleveland, Ohio, while on the leadership programme.

The legislators involved vehemently denied the allegations and one even threatened to sue the US government for character assassination.

The committee headed by Nicholas Ossai in its effort to find out the truth invited Entwistle to a public hearing, as well as the seven other members of the house that attended the leadership programme alongside the accused.

Entwistle reportedly said he would provide video evidence of the incidences as proof to substantiate his allegation; but at the hearing on Thursday, the ambassador was not present and no reason has so far been given for his absence.

The public hearing has been adjourned till July 20.