Samuel Ikon, one of the three House of Representatives members accused of sexual misconduct during an International Visitors Leadership Program in the U.S. has said the allegation is untrue. According to him, the allegation by the US government was in bad taste and a case of mistaken identity.
Ikon, who represents Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Constituency of Akwa Ibom, was accused of soliciting for prostitutes in Cleveland, Ohio. The allegation came to light following a letter written to the speaker of the House of Representatives by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle.
Ikon said he knew nothing of the incident and wondered what the ambassador stood to gain by naming him.
He said that he was happy that the lower chamber had commenced the process of investigating the allegation, and expressed confidence that he would be cleared.
“I wish to state unequivocally that this is false and definitely not me.
“This, to me is a case of mistaken identity and I will be vindicated. I have initiated measures both legal and diplomatic to clear my name and the institution I represent.
“There are many questions left unanswered by the actions of the U.S. mission but I believe it will become clearer in the course of time.”
“I want to reassure all of my innocence in this matter and I call on all relevant authorities and jurisdictions to commence full investigation to correct this great injustice to me.
“I have an unwavering faith in God to see me through this trying moment and plead with all not to be hasty in condemning me as the final outcome will surely clear my name.
“I urge for patience, prayers and God’s abiding wisdom at this time,” Ikon said.