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Sexual Misconduct: Reps Innocent Until Found Guilty – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, took to social media in the early hours of Saturday to comment on the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against three members of the House by the United States embassy.

A statement issued by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, said the speaker who responded to questions on the allegations, urged Nigerians to refrain from passing judgment and wait for the outcome of investigation by the parliament.

According to him, “judgment can only be passed when an allegation is proven”.

He maintained that as ambassadors of the House and indeed, the entire country, the members in the middle of the scandal would have known not to bring dishonour to the institution they represent.

He vowed that the House would conduct an investigation into the

allegations, stating that:”together with the US Embassy in Nigeria, we will get to the bottom of this matter.”

The speaker further explained that apart from the letter, no evidence had been forwarded to his office, and that there can be no conviction without a trial.

He also indicated that the lawmakers have said that they are prepared to defend themselves at their own cost.

Speaking on the attempted rape allegation, the Speaker said that it was not alluded to in the letter he received and said: “We await the result of the investigation into the matter.”



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