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Acting MD Slumps before Reps Committee Investigating NDDC Finances

The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Kemerbrandikumo Pondei has fainted at the ongoing investigation by the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC on financial malfeasance in the Commission.

Prof Pondei, who was responding to questions by the lawmakers over expenses made out of the budget, suddenly laid his head on the table and was panting for air.

The Managing Director was taken out of the venue of the probe for medical attention at the time of this report.

The probe was suspended for thirty minutes.

Meanwhile, protesters have stormed the main entrance of the National Assembly, NASS, Abuja ahead of the commencement of the probe.

The protesters were in two groups and armed with various placards

While one group was supporting the Minister of the Niger Delta Ministry Affairs, Senator Godwin Akpabio and the Interim Management Committee, IMC of the NDDC, the other group was armed with various placards calling for the immediate sack of the Minister and the IMC of the Commission over alleged financial misappropriation

However, the combined team of security Agencies comprising, the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services DSS, Civil Defence Corps and the Sergeant- at- Arms mounted tight security within and around the National Assembly Complex

It was also observed that more security personnel, patrol vehicles and Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC were brought from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja Police Command for reinforcement.

Ibrahim Shehu

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