The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that the United States withdrew the visas of three lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct because of their â€œaggressiveâ€ behavior at the US embassy in Abuja. The legislators accused of misconduct are Mohammed Garba Gololo (Bauchi), Samuel Ikon (Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (Benue).
The revocation of their visas was made public by Gbillah in a letter he wrote to the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle.
while Speaking yesterday with newsmen in Abuja, the Minister said that some members of the House of Representatives went to the embassy to clarify the alleged Sex scandal allegation leveled against them and at a point they became aggressive and their discussions with the US officials degenerated to the point their was an heated concersation and that they walked out.
The minister said the ambassador told him the decision to revoke the visa for three years was right. â€œThe fact that their visas had been withdrawn for three years, there have been a lot of talks as to why there should be sanctions against the lawmakers when there is no evidence presented.
Any embassy here has total control about giving visas or revoking visas says the minister
He added: â€œI told [the lawmakers] that revoking the visas might not have just been as a result of the allegations, but that their behaviour at the embassy here in Abuja certainly did not help their case.â€