- What could have turned out to be a tragedy was prevented at the hearing of the House of Representatives committee on the NDDC on Monday, July 20
- The acting chairman of the commission, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, passed out while he was being cross-questioned by lawmakers at the hearing
- Pondei is one of the top officials of the NDDC roped in the alleged N40 billion fraud
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The acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, slumped while he was grilled by lawmakers on Monday, July 20.
Pondei was cross-questioned by members of the House Committee on the NDDC over allegations of financial corruption to the tune of N40 billion.
According to Nigerian Tribune, he was also questioned over N536 million paid to a group associate in the Niger Delta region.
Pondei was quickly rushed to the hospital while the hearing went on a recess.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the House of Representatives committee on the NDDC was on Thursday, July 16, shunned by Pondei.
The NDDC boss who was supposed to appear before lawmakers of the lower legislative body walked out on them.
Pondei made this move while members of the committee were still deliberating and making contributions to an ongoing investigation in which he was expected to be questioned.
However, the acting NDDC boss walked out on the committee, insisting that he was not ready to give any presentation.
Also, the former managing director of the commission, Joy Nunieh, was on Thursday, July 16, rescued from house arrest by some security operatives who had earlier besieged her residence in Port Harcourt.
Some security officers had surrounded Nunieh's house preventing anyone from both going in or leaving the building.
However, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers in his official vehicle forced his way into Nunieh's house and drove out with her.
Before this, about 20 armed police officers had surrounded the home of Nunieh. She disclosed this on Thursday, July 16.
According to her, the officers surrounded her home in Port Harcourt around 4am. She said she could not travel to Abuja where she is scheduled to appear before the House of Representatives investigative hearing on NDDC.
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