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Sex scandal: US envoy's claims lack evidence, says Onyeama

22 July 2016, 08:26

Abuja - Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has dismissed allegations posed by outgoing United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, claiming that evidence is lacking in the case.

According to a Punch report, Entwistle has accused three lawmakers, namely Terse Mark-Gbillah, Samuel Ikon and Mohammed Garba-Gololo, of sexual misconduct following a recent trip that the trio took to the US.

In a letter addressed to House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Onyeama blasted Entwistle's allegations, stating that he has failed to provide concrete evidence on the matter thus far.

Entwsitle, who reported the sexual misconduct to Dogara on June 9, claimed that the three lawmakers implicated had behaved inappropriately and attempted to solicit the services of prostitutes while in the United States.

Also read: Sex scandal: US Ambassador again shuns Reps probe

While testifying before committees within the House of Representatives, however, Entwistle claimed that he had merely brought the matter to light and that the US Government had not passed any judgement of guilt on the legislators involved, Vanguard reports.

Onyeama has since claimed that Entwistle had not accepted responsibility for the leakage of his confidential letter to the speaker, but had instead apologized for not having utilized the right channels when bringing up the matter within the House.

“He told me that these were allegations and nothing more; that as far as they were concerned, the matter was closed.

“That the allegations did not indicate a position that the ambassador had already passed a judgment or the US Government,” Onyeama stated.

The three lawmakers have since claimed that they were left embarrassed by the allegations and will find it difficult to continue their daily activities following Entwistle's claims.

Read more at Punch

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