NDDC Acting MD collapses, passes out while testifying in Reps' Corruption Probe

By AdvocateNews on 20/07/2020

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Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), passed out Monday, during a session of the House of Representatives Committee probing the commission.

He passed out while testifying before the panel on Monday.

Other participants at the meeting made spirited effort to revive him.

After regaining consciousness, he was taken out of the venue.

The panel subsequently adjourned the session for 30 minutes — though there was a motion that today’s session be adjourned till a future date.

Pondei appeared before the panel last Thursday, but he stormed out of the session after he accused Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, chairman of the NDDC house committee of complicity in the fraud at the agency.

He said the chairman cannot preside over a case that he is an accused.

Tunji-Ojo withdrew from the session on Monday.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, chairman of the house of representatives committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), had earlier on Monday  recused himself from the probe.

Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting managing director of the NDDC, walked out on the committee last week after alleging that Tunji-Ojo and Peter Nwaoboshi, his counterpart at the senate, padded the 2019 budget of the commission.

At the meeting of the house committee on NDDC last Thursday, Pondei stormed out of the session after insisting that Tunji-Ojo, its chairman, would not preside.

He said Tunji-Ojo had been fingered in the alleged fraud at the NDDC and so, cannot sit over the same matter in which he is an accused.

His statement irked members of the committee which issued an arrest warrant against the NDDC acting MD and other members of the interim management committee.

The chairman was alleged to have been awarded a road contract by the NDDC, before the new interim management came on board.

But he had denied the allegation which he described as baseless, and challenged anyone with evidence to bring it forward.

“I am the Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC in the House of Representatives and I say without equivocation that I do not have any contract whatsoever at the commission,” Tunji-Ojo had said.

Posted 20/07/2020 9:44:06 PM


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