- The crisis rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has taken a different turn
- The committee chairman of the House of Representatives on the NDDC has stepped down
- Bunmi Tunji-Ojo stepped aside as head of the panel probing the allegations of corruption in the NDDC
In continuation of the crisis rocking the Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Bunmi Tunji-Ojo, the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Niger Delta has stepped aside from presiding over the panel probing the commission.
According to The Nation, Tunji-Ojo stepped aside on Monday, July 20, in order to allow fair hearing and prove that he was not on any mission of revenge.
The lawmaker addressing his colleagues said he read statements credited to the acting boss of the NDDC, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, in newspapers that he was on a revenge mission.
It was reported that the acting boss of the NDDC during the first day of the hearing, noted that he was not confident of getting justice if Tunji-Ojo presided over the panel.
In another report by Vanguard, Thomas Ereyitomi stepped in to replace Tunji-Ojo as the head of the probe panel.
This development is coming three days after the acting head of the NDDC, walked out on the committee.
Pondei who was supposed to appear before lawmakers of the lower legislative body on Thursday, July 16, shunned them.
He made this move while members of the committee were still deliberating and making contributions to an ongoing investigation in which Pondei is expected to be questioned.
However, the acting NDDC boss walked out on the committee, insisting that he is not ready to give any presentation.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that security around the National Assembly (NASS) complex and vicinity was on Monday, July 20, beefed ahead of some developments of national interest.
Godswill Akpabio is expected to appear before the committee of the House of Representatives on the NDDC, Channels TV reports The NDDC is currently engulfed in a series of allegations bordering on financial corruption to the tune of N40 billion.
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