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N81.5bn Probe: NDDC Acting MD, Others Walk Out On Reps Panel



Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Professor Kemebrandikumo Pondei and other top officials on Thursday walked out of the venue of an investigative hearing being held by the House of Representatives in Abuja.

The House Committee on NDDC is probing the alleged mismanagement and illegal spending by the commission.

The panel had specifically invited the officials to account for the total sum of N81.5bn spent between January and July 2020.

The Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Prof Kemebrandikumo Pondei, who led members of the Interim Management Committee of the commission to the hearing, demanded that the Chairman, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, steps down as he had also been accused of various “crimes” against the commission.

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Several members of the committee, however, dismissed the request, asking the NDDC to petition the Nigeria Police, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission or the Department of State Services for any infraction allegedly Commission by Tunji-Ojo.

Members of the IMC stood up and walked out of the venue.

Consequently, the committee issued a warrant of arrest against the NDDC management, asking that they must account to Nigerians.

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