Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Daniel Pondei, reportedly had a slump experience as the House of Representatives committee NDDC grilled him on Monday.
The committee is in its fourth day of public hearings as it investigates alleged financial misappropriation at the agency.
Daniel Pondei had been grilled for over an hour every the financial affairs in the NDDC and when he slowly fell over his desk, appearing too slump.
Once he was spotted, several people present at the hearing rushed to his aid, propping him up and attempting to stabilize him, with the proceedings halted.
He 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 as some observers believe there’s something fishy about his slumping.
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.
The controversy had seen strong allegations of corruption traded between the Minister and the former MD of the NDDC, Joy Nunieh, who appeared before the lawmakers via Zoom on Friday.
Recall that weeks ago, the former NDDC boss Joy Nunieh alleged that Akpabio attempted to inflate the NDDC budget during her reign as Managing Director and also molest her sexually.
She also disclosed in the press briefing that was interrupted, that Akpabio ordered her to include some projects from the refugee commission in the budget of the NDDC.
Joy Nunieh also said, “Godswill Akpabio wrote me to put a list of projects from the refugee commission in the budget of NDDC. Refugee commission is another federal government commission for IDPs.
“How do you tell me to put some of their projects in the NDDC budget when we have so many things to do in the Niger Delta? How do you explain that?”
Nunieh accused Akpabio of removing her from office because she refused to do his alleged fraudulent bidding.