- Facts about the health of Kemebradikumo Pondei are beginning to emerge
- The NDDC's corporate affairs department has revealed that before appearing for the probe, Pondei was sick for two weeks
- The head of the department, Charles Odili, disclosed that Pondei ignored the doctors' warning to stay away from the panel
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)'s director of corporate affairs, Charles Odili, has given some revelation as to why the acting managing director, Kemebradikumo Pondei, slumped.
Odili, on Monday, July 20, disclosed that Pondei has been sick for two weeks and that his doctor had advised him to stay away from the panel, The Cable reports.
Odili pointed out that Pondei ignored the warning of the doctor because he felt that his absence at the panel will be used against him.
He said: “The commission wishes to disclose that Prof Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks. This morning, his condition deteriorated, and his doctors advised against attending the hearing.
“However, he ignored his doctors’ advice because of the realisation that his traducers will use his absence at the hearing to soil his name and reputation."
Also, Legit.ng reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had given a final order on the probe involving Pondei.
Following the tragic fate Pondei suffered while he was being interrogated by the House committee of the NDDC, Gbajabiamila stated that the commission's acting boss would not be brought before the panel again.
The speaker said that the committee can use the documents presented by Pondei on Monday, July 20, to carry out its investigation and all other necessary actions.
Gbajabiamila admitted that the venue for the probe is poorly ventilated and therefore apologised to all members of the committee and lawmakers.
He said: "I have been here barely five minutes and I am already sweating profusely. So, I do understand and apologise to everybody here for the poorly conducive atmosphere.
“Because of these conditions in this hall, we don’t need to hear further from the acting MD because he has already submitted his written report. I think you can use the documents to do the work that needs to be done."
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