Watch as Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting MD of NDDC fainted during today's hearing at the National Assembly

The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Prof Daniel Pondei, has collapsed. The NDDC boss fainted where he was seated after the members of the House Committee on NDDC grilled him for about 45 minutes.

Pondei has been rushed out of the Conference Room 231, venue of the investigative hearing on illegal spending and mismanagement of funds.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, however, stayed behind.

Nigerian public officials only faint or become sick during public hearings, police arrests and court trials on their financial dealings.

Any other time, they're as fit as a fiddle.

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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. 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. Pondei had been grilled for over an hour and when he slowly slumped over his desk, appearing to 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. 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. #247nnu #247nigerianewsupdate #nddc #nigeria
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