Reps: US ambassador did not follow due process in ‘sexual misconduct’ allegation
On June 16, it was revealed that Entwistle had written the lower chamber to accuse three members — Samuel Ikon (PDP Akwa Ibom), Mohammed Gololo (APC Bauchi) and Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue) — of seeking the services of sex workers while they were attending a programme in the US.
But all three lawmakers have denied any guilt, and have demanded evidence of the vice from their accuser.
“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,” he said.
“The ambassador did not follow the due process by passing through the minister (foreign affairs) but we are past that now.”
“People are reporting like we have given ourselves immunity,” he said.
“When the issue came up, it was hotly debated; there must be for and against. The way people are reporting is like we have given ourselves immunity.
“Immunity is not done to protect anyone or because someone is in problem; it is not done in any motif.”
The investigative hearing on the matter by the house joint committees of ethics and privileges and foreign affairs was originally scheduled to start on Thursday, but it will now hold on July 20, following Entwistle’s absence on the set date.