The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged Nigerians to refrain from passing judgment on the three lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, saying they remain innocent until proved guilty.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara’s Special Adviser and Public Affairs on Saturday in Abuja.
Dogara asked Nigerians to wait for the outcome of the investigation into the alleged misconduct.
The Speaker said that judgment could only be passed when the allegation was proved.
“As ambassadors of the House and indeed, the entire country, the members in the middle of the scandal have known not to bring dishonour to the institution they represent.
“The House would conduct an investigation into allegations together with the US Embassy in Nigeria and we will get to the bottom of this matter,’’ Dogara said.
He said apart from the letter, no evidence had been forwarded to his office, adding that there “can be no conviction without a trial.’’
“The lawmakers have said that they are prepared to defend themselves at their own cost.
“However, the attempted rape allegation was not alluded to in the letter I received. We await the result of the investigation into the matter,’’ Dogara said.