June 20, 2016
BENIN CITY— Amidst the controversy generated by the letter submitted to the leadership of the House of Representatives by the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwisle against three members of the House Hons. Samuel Ikon, Mohammed Gololo, and Mark Gbillah for their alleged “act of soliciting for prostitutes, misconduct and attempted rape while attending at the International Leadership Programme on good governance recently in Cleveland, US,” allegation, the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) has asked the American authorities to produce sufficient evidence
In a statement signed by the Environment Officer and Rape Watch Coordinator of ANEEJ, Miss Sandra Eguagie said the need for evidence from the law makers’ accusers was to enable Civil Society working on rape issues in Nigeria to engage the law makers on the weighty allegations.
“The allegation casts a black image on the country and for National Assembly especially when the Prohibition Against Sexual Harassment Bill in the House of Senate has passed the second reading. It is most worrisome coming at a time when the campaign against sexual harassment and sexual molestation is very high in Nigeria, and this issue should be taken seriously and not be swept under the carpet” Eguagie Sandra said.
“Rape Watch Campaign uses this opportunity to commend Mr. Speaker for taking the bold step to set up a panel to investigate the allegation. Although the lawmakers have denied the allegation and we respect their right to defend themselves in such situation but we strongly request for a public hearing on the issue
“We, however, condemn rape in any form and anywhere, we call on the National Assembly to deal with this case expeditiously and give the accused opportunity to defend themselves.” Eguagie submitted.