NDDC Probe: Acting NDDC Managing Director Pondei slumps


There was a melodrama at the probe of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) when the acting managing director of the NDDC Prof Kenebradikumo Pondei slumped during questioning.

This came after the Chairman of the House Committee on Niger Delta, Bunmi Tunji-Ojo stepped aside from presiding over the affairs of the investigative Committee to protect his integrity and prove to Nigerians that he was not on any revenge mission.

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Pondei was responding to allegations of 1.5 billion financial misappropriation when he suddenly collapsed and couldn’t respond to questions from the chairman of the probe panel. He was immediately resuscitated by another witness and rushed out of the Conference Room 231, venue of the investigative hearing on illegal spending and mismanagement of funds.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, however, stayed behind.

The acting MD had on the first day of the hearing, walked out on the Committee saying he was not confident of getting justice if Tunji-Ojo presides over the hearing.

Tunji-Ojo, the Ondo lawmaker said he read in the national dailies’ statements credited to the Acting Managing Director of NDDC that he was on a revenge mission.

Meanwhile, there was intense security beef up at the venue of the investigative hearing as unusual presence of policemen and National Assembly security operatives were noticed.

Probe adjourned for 30mins.