A scheduled public hearing into the alleged sexual misconduct of three members of the House of Representatives stalled on Thursday after U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, failed to show up.
The House had approved a committee, headed by Nicholas Ossai, to look into the content of a petition drafted by Mr. Entwistle and forwarded to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara in June.
Mr. Entwistle, in his petition, said Mohammed Galolo, Samuel Ikon and Mark Gbillah attempted to rape a hotel housekeeper and sought to patronise prostitutes when the three lawmakers travelled to the United States for a leadership program.
The lawmakers denied the allegations and demanded thorough investigation.
That made Mr. Entwistle a major witness in the probe and Mr. Ossai and other members of his committee decided to invite the top diplomat to corroborate claims in the petition with hard evidence.
Media reports said Mr. Entwistle planned to show a video footage of the lawmakers’ alleged improprieties when he met with the committee today.
Mr. Ossai told PREMIUM TIMES he believed Mr. Entwistle would honour the invitation, but denied knowledge of the nature of facts Mr. Entwistle intended to present.
It is unclear why the ambassador failed to attend the hearing Thursday.
Both the House and the U.S. Embassy are yet to make comments.
When contacted by PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy declined comment, saying it does not speak on diplomatic communications.
Mr. Ossai adjourned hearing in the probe till July 20.