Acting MD of NDDC, Keme Pondei slumps before probe panel

Acting MD of NDDC, Keme Pondei slumps before probe panel

Prof Keme Pondei, the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, slumped as the House of Representatives committee on NDDC questioned him on Monday at the venue of the NDDC investigative hearing.

The committee is in its fourth day of public hearing as it investigates alleged financial misappropriation at the agency.

The controversy had seen strong allegations of corruption traded between the Minister and the former MD of the NDDC, Joi Nunei, who appeared before the lawmakers via Zoom on Friday.

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

Once Keme Pondei was spotted, several people present at the hearing rushed to his aid, propping him up and attempting to stabilize him, with the proceedings halted.

Keme Pondei then appeared to be in a seizure with a man, holding open his mouth as others held him upright. After he appeared to regain and lose composure intermittently, he was moved out of the session.

The development led to a brief discussion about the next step to take. A move to have the session adjourned was shouted before the Deputy Chairman of the Committee called for a 30-minute recess.

Members of the committee are still debating whether to suspend the hearing or not.

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Lawmakers investigating corruption allegations in the NDDC had on Friday summoned Pondei and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to appear before them today (Monday) as the country sought to understand how budgetary allocations to the agency had been spent.

Stay tune for further details.

6 thoughts on “Acting MD of NDDC, Keme Pondei slumps before probe panel

  1. Hmmm, this story is somehow, anyways the court should allow him recover, but he must appear to defend himself before the court of law.

  2. Not everyone have boldness to face panel. He couldn’t just withstand it. They should allow him recover and continue later.

  3. Nawaa ooo , anyway thank God he is still alive , when he regain strength he can prove weather he is innocent or guilty.

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