Members of the House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC have issued a warrant of arrest against the acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee(IMC) of the NDDC, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, who walked out on them today July 16.
Drama had earlier ensued at the committee hearing on Tuesday, 14 July after Pondei failed to explain a N143 billion shortfall in the 2019 budget. Pondei who was unable to answer the questions thrown at him by the Commission asked for time to go back and address the N143 billion discrepancy raised by the committee members.
When he appeared before the house today, Pondei said he and his team members were not prepared to make any presentation before the committee. He also objected to Chairman of the Committee, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, presiding over the investigative hearing, insisting he cannot preside over a matter in which he is also an accused.
Members of the Committee, including Benjamin Kali, Ben Ibakpa and Shehu Koko, told the Acting MD that since there was no document before them, he is constitutionally bound to answer their queries.
While members were still making contribution on the issue, the Acting MD sought permission to leave and before the committee could grant or reject his request, he and his team walked out of the commitee.
Furious members of the Committee accused the Interim Management Committee of trying to frustrate legislative functions and ordered a warrant of arrest be issued against him.
The Committee also unanimously passed a vote of confidence on its Chairman.