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Drama as NDDC Ag MD Pondei slumps during questioning

The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Professor Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei on Monday slumped during questioning at the House of Representatives.

Pondei had last Thursday walked out on the House Reps Committee on Niger Delta who are investigating the Commission for allegedly misappropriating N40 billion.

He later addressed a press conference where he accused the Chairman of the Committee, Rep Olubumi Tunji-Ojo of corruption and asked him step down.

But following a meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari, the President directed all heads of government agencies summoned by the legislators to appear before them and answer their questions.

The Reps committee later issued a warrant of arrest on Pondei.

Pondei appearance on Monday was expected to be volatile but no one expected his sudden collapse.

The members had asked Pondei to explain the N642 million paid to a company known as Clear Point Communication.

The lawmakers also asked the Pondei to explain the N536 million paid for Save Life Campaign in the oil rich region and to prove that there were all budgeted for in the 2019 Appropriation Act.

He was asked if knew that any amount spent by the Commission after May 31 this year was illegal as the NDDC 2020 Budget has not been passed.

Pondie told the lawmakers that N642 million paid to Clear Point Communication to train locals and to help locate and identify NDDC projects in the area.

Pondie, however, could not confirm that the payments were budgeted for, asking the lawmakers to give him time to provide the budget.

In the process, Pondie collapsed, sweating profusely and was carried out for first aid and medical attention.

Written by ExpressDay


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