by Isi Esene
The House of Representatives committee on Federal Character has issued an arrest warrant on Festus Odimegwu, the chairman of the Nigerian Population Commission who has allegedly refused to appear before it after several summons.
The committee had reportedly requested the presence of Odimegwu to clear the air over the alleged imbalance in the recent recruitment exercise carried out by the commission.
The committee, led by Ahmed Idris, was said to have called for the suspension of the exercise, an order which was apparently ignored.
In a briefing with newsmen, Idris said, “In spite of all the communication including a letter asking him to suspend the recruitment exercise, he went ahead to issue appointment letters without due process which violates federal character principles.
“In view of the above, the committee hereby nullifies all recruitment exercises,” he said.
He said the committee had no option than to invoke section 88 (1d) which empowers the House of Representatives or its committees to compel any person in the country to appear before it.
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