Lagos – A pro-democracy and human rights organisation has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari demanding an investigation into allegations of attempted rape and improper conduct recently made by the United States against some members of the House of Representatives.
The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has, as part of the probe, called for the suspension of legislators Mark Gbillah, Samuel Ikon and Mohhammed Garba-Gololo, who have been fingered in the alleged misdemeanors while on official trip to the US earlier this month.
A petition has been set to Buhari, Ministry of External Affairs, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs House of Representatives and Inspector General of Police.
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This follows allegations leveled by the US through its Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle via a petition addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and widely reported in local and international media.
“We regard this allegations as an international embarrassment, grave, injurious, indecorous, assault and damaging not only to the image of the mentioned members of the House of the Representatives as representatives of our bastion of democracy, the legislature, but also to the collective integrity and honour of the Nigerian people as represented by the honourable members,” said Nelson Ekujumi, an executive of CPPM.
“Therefore, we demand an immediate investigation of this National embarrassment by the security agencies which are statutorily established to perform such functions.”
CPPM demanded the immediate suspension of the other seven members of the delegation, that the report of this investigation be made public and the tendering of public apology by the Nigerian Government and the House of Representatives to the Government and people of US.
The implicated officials were abroad at the instance of the US Government invitation as participants in the International Visitor Leadership Programme on good governance, which is a US Government’s flagship professional exchange programme.
- CAJ News