…Furious over Ikon’s lexus jeep, Osongama’s #35 million house gift to wife.
More trouble seems to be pouring for embattled former speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and member representing Etinan Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Elder Sam Ikon as barely one week after the American Ambassador to Nigeria, wrote a letter to the Speaker, House of Representatives on his (Ikon) sex escapades in the United States while on official assignment, Sam Ikon has allegedly landed himself in another sex scandal as an Uyo businessman is accusing the Etinan born sex addict of having a romantic affair with his wife.
The enraged husband, (name withheld) accused Ikon of allegedly taking over his wife, one Mrs. Itoro, an Annang woman, mother of three and a staff of one of the ministry in the employ of the Akwa Ibom State Government in Uyo.
The man alleged that the lawmaker bought his wife a Lexus jeep as well as built a duplex for her worth over #35 million at Osongama estate in Uyo. The husband lamented that with the millions splashed on his wife by Ikon, his wife no longer has time for him or the children but spends the weekend at her new residence in Osongama whenever Ikon is in town. He lamented that the situation got worse when his wife will travel to Abuja to sleep with Ikon on the grounds that she is travelling on official duty as a representative of her ministry for a retreat in Abuja only for him to verify from the Permanent Secretary of the ministry who denied that such a retreat is in place let alone the ministry sending the wife as a representative.
He noted with dismay that Ikon normally lodges his wife at Transcorp Hotel and Bolingo whenever she flies to meet him in Abuja, regretting that because of Ikon, his wife has almost abandoned their three children. The husband declared that he warned Ikon to leave his wife alone but he will not hear and threatened to report the affair to Sam Ikon’s church.
Investigation reveals that the way Ikon lavishes money on this Annang woman took most of his girlfriends by surprise, majority of who described Ikon as a stingy man who never spent much on them but surprisingly bought a jeep and built a house for a woman.
It could be recalled that the US Ambassador to Nigeria formally wrote to Speaker Dogara, alleging sexual assault and attempted rape against Ikon and two others while on the US on official assignment, an embarrassment while forced the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, last Thursday to direct the investigation of three members of the House over the alleged sex scandal. The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, confirmed in Abuja just as investigations had shown that the United States Embassy had cancelled the visas of the affected members.
Namdas explained that the leadership of the House decided to investigate the alleged sex scandal following a formal complaint made by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle. He said, “We are in receipt of a letter from the US Ambassador, alleging misconduct by some members of the National Assembly, who attended training in the United States of America.
“The leadership of the House has commenced its own part of the investigation. When it is concluded, we will brief Nigerians further on this issue.” Namdas, however, declined questions on how the investigation would be conducted. “When we say we will conduct an investigation, we will conduct it and there will be a report,” Namdas stated.
The development came as the US formally cancelled its visas from the three lawmakers, an indication that they had been barred from future trips to the United States. The Speaker investigations reveal came under pressure from many lawmakers, who felt that the matter could tarnish the image of the National Assembly if it was not attended to.
The affected members – Mr. Mohammed Garba-Gololo (Bauchi State); Mr. Terse Gbillah (Benue State), and Mr. Samuel Ikon (Akwa Ibom State) – allegedly committed the act during a recent trip to the US to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Programme on Good Governance organised by the US Government.
The three legislators were members of a team of 10 lawmakers nominated to attend the leadership programme, which took place in Cleveland, Ohio, between April 7 and 13 this year. Entwistle, in his June 9 letter to Dogara, stated, “It is with regret that I must bring to your attention the following situation.
“Ten members of the Nigerian National Assembly recently travelled to Cleveland, Ohio, as participants in the International Visitor Leadership Programme on good governance. “We received troubling allegations regarding the behaviour of three members of the delegation to the US Government’s flagship professional exchange programme.
“The US Department of State and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs received reports from employees of the Cleveland hotel, where the representatives stayed, alleging that the representatives engaged in the following behaviour: “Mohammed Garba Gololo allegedly grabbed a housekeeper in his hotel room and solicited her for sex. While the housekeeper reported this to her management, this incident could have involved local law enforcement and resulted in legal consequences for Representative Gololo. “Mark Terseer Gbillah and Samuel Ikon allegedly requested that hotel parking attendants assist them to solicit prostitutes.”
Finding showed that the lawmakers dismissed the allegation as “baseless and untrue” when Dogara first sought their explanations. However, he was said to have come under pressure from members, who insisted on a thorough investigation, considering the fact that the Ambassador committed it to writing.
A National Assembly source stated, “The speaker came under pressure because many members are not satisfied with the responses of the affected persons. Another source stated, “Of course, the members have threatened legal actions and have requested video evidence from the US Ambassador since the housekeeper was said to have identified Garba-Gololo in a group photograph.
“Members felt that the House should thoroughly investigate the allegation to establish the correct position. The 8th Assembly passed a Code of Conduct to members of the House in 2015. “This is one of the test cases and it is important that we clear this issue.”
Some of the members, who participated in the programme were Chairman, House Committee on the Diaspora Affairs, Mrs. Rita Orji; Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr.NJ Gaza Jonathan; Mrs. Ayo Omidiran; Mr. Danburam Abubakar; and Mr. Nkole Ndukwe. The US embassy, it was learnt, had written the three members cancelling their visas to the US.