The United States Embassy has cancelled the visas of three House of Representatives members who were accused of improper conduct during an official visit to the US.
The legislators were identified as Mohammed Garba Gololo (Bauchi), Samuel Ikon (Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (Benue).
Gololo was alleged to have sexually assaulted a housekeeper in his hotel room while Gbillah and Ikon were accused of soliciting prostitutes.
The cancellation of the visas was made public by Gbillah in a letter written to the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, according to Punch.
The letter, dated June 16, 2016, reads:
“Without conclusive evidence of any sort or contact with any of the accused individuals, the US State Department and US Embassy in Nigeria have less than six days after your letter to the Speaker, gone ahead to revoke the US visas of the accused individuals based on hearsay from the employees of the hotel in Cleveland.”
“Affected individuals received correspondence from the US Embassy on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, indicating the denial of their US visas and requesting that they bring their passports with the current US visa to the Embassy.”
Entwistle had brought the incident to the notice of House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara via a letter written on June 9.
The accused lawmakers were among a group of Nigerians who travelled to Cleveland, Ohio on the invitation of the US government.