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NDDC boss faints during investigative hearing

The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, fainted on Monday during an investigative hearing at the National Assembly.

Pondei collapsed where he was seated as members of the House Committee on NDDC grilled him.

The committee had grilled him for about 45 minutes before he passed out.

Pondei has been rushed out of the Conference Room 231, venue of the investigative hearing on illegal spending and mismanagement of funds in the commission.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, however, stayed behind.

Members of the committee were still debating whether to suspend the hearing or not at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has recused himself from the ongoing investigation of the commission.

The Interim Management Committee of the NDDC had last week requested that Tunji-Ojo should not preside over the probe as he had also been accused of “crime” against the commission.

Top officials of the NDDC had staged a walkout on the panel last Thursday.

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