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NDDC Probe; Acting MD collapses, faints before Reps panel

Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Daniel Pondei, appeared to faint as the House of Representatives committee on NDDC grilled him on Monday.

Following allegations of financial misappropriation by the agency (NDDC), the House of Representatives committee called upon the Acting MD, Mr Pondei to answer some pressing questions.

He had been grilled for over an hour when he slowly slumped over his desk, appearing too faint.

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

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.

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.

In recent time, the NDDC has been under the microscopic eye of the House of Representatives, the agency has been alleged to have spent huge sum of money to the tone of 82billion naira from Jan 2020, to this moment.

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