The 3 members of the House of Representatives cleared of allegations of sexual misconduct brought against them by the United States government have vowed to sue the the latter for $1bn, Saturday PUNCH reports.
House Deputy Chairman, Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Mr. Terse Mark-Gbillah, who spoke for the the other two lawmakers (Mr. Samuel Ikon and Mr. Mohammed Garba-Gololo) involved in the scandal, told Punch that they would institute a legal action against their accusers in the US, adding that the Marriot Hotel, the US Embassy and their agents would be sued for damages.
Mark-Gbillah gave details of the steps the members would take, saying, “We won’t let the matter go like that because our reputation has been defamed internationally and there is also the cancellation of our visas to consider, a decision that has still not been reversed.
“In the American archives, the records have not been set straight. As a matter of fact, this has already affected the members of one of our families.
“We will be seeking legal redress in the US; we are going to take the hotel to court, the Marriot Hotel, the parent brand, the place we stayed (in the US). We are going to take the (former US) ambassador himself and the US State Department, who are his employers to court. We are going to be taking the local organisers of the programme to court as well.
“We will be seeking among other things, an internationally-published apology to us as individuals, to the National Assembly and to Nigeria by the US Government.
“We are going to be seeking damages from all concerned parties and right now, we are looking at suing in the region of $1bn.
“Already, contacts have been made with various law firms in the US. We want to use a very reputable law firm.
“You can now see that the revocation of our visas is now hindering our ability to visit the US physically to do the ground work. We are liaising with our lawyers via email messages and telephone calls.
“The lawyers will still advise us on whether to ask for damages of up to $10bn because the damage they did to us can’t be quantified in financial terms.”