Reps Investigative Panel: Acting NDDC MD, Pondei, ‘faints’ during interrogation

The House of Reps committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was thrown into a state unpleasant shock after Prof Kenebradikumo Daniel Pondei, acting Managing Director of NDDC slumped at the investigative committee hearing over an alleged N82.5 billion irregular expenditure in the NDDC.

Pondei had been grilled for over an hour when he slowly slumped over his desk, appearing to faint.

Several people present at the hearing rushed to his aid, propping him up and attempting to stabilise him, with the proceedings halted.

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He then appeared to be in a seizure with a man holding open his mouth as others held him upright.

After he appeared to regain and lose composure intermittently, he was moved out of the session.

The development led to a brief discussion about the next step to take. A move to have the session adjourned was shouted before the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Thomas Ereyi-Tobi, called for a 30-minute recess.

Lawmakers investigating corruption allegations in the NDDC had on Friday summoned Pondei and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to appear before them today (Monday) as the country sought to understand how budgetary allocations to the agency had been spent.

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