Abuja - The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reportedly said that the three Nigerian lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct in the United States remain innocent until proven guilty.
According to Punch, Dogara said this in a statement by his Special Advider on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan in Abuja.
He said neither his office nor the 360-member legislature would rush to pass judgement on its Deputy Chairperson Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Mark Gbillah ( APC, Benue); Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom); and Mohammed Garba-Gololo (APC, Bauchi), who are the accused lawmakers.
This came as reports on Saturday indicated that Ikon had rejected the claims saying it was a case of mistaken identity. Ikon said the allegations were in bad taste.
The three House of Representatives were accused of eliciting sex from prostitutes in Cleveland, Ohio.
A PM News report quoted Dogara as urging Nigerians to wait for the outcome of the investigation into the alleged misconduct, adding that people should refrain from passing judgment on the three lawmakers.
He said no evidence had been brought to his office, adding that there "can be no conviction without a trial".
"As ambassadors of the House and indeed, the entire country, the members in the middle of the scandal have known not to bring dishonour to the institution they represent.
"The House would conduct an investigation into allegations together with the US Embassy in Nigeria and we will get to the bottom of this matter," Dogara was quoted as saying.
- News24 Nigeria