NDDC N81.5bn probe: Drama as NDDC boss, others walk out on Reps

House of reps probe mismanagement of NDDC fund as acting managing director of NDDC, Prof Pondei and members of the Interim Management Committee walk out on reps
Emeh Joy

An odd scene has been reportedly created at the venue of an investigative hearing held by the House of Representatives as top officials of the Niger Delta Development Commission were reported to have walked out on the Reps.

The House Committee on NDDC is reportedly investigating the alleged mismanagement and illegal spending by the commission especially as regards the sum of N81.5bn spent between January and July 2020.

The Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Prof Kemebrandikumo Pondei led members of the Interim Management Committee of the commission to the hearing.

He demanded that the Chairman, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo steps down as he had also been accused of various crimes against the commission.

However, several members of the committee dismissed the request asking that NDDC sends a petition to the Nigerian Police, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practises, the Department of State Services and other relevant offence commissions for any offence allegedly committed by Tunji-Ojo.

Members of the Interim Management Committee were reported to have stood up and walked out of the venue. Also, the committee issued a warrant of arrest against the NDDC management, demanding that they give account to Nigerians.

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