The Acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei has reportedly left the hospital.
Prof Pondei, who earlier on Monday slumped as the House of Representatives committee on NDDC grilled him, is said to have left the hospital where he was taken, this evening.
Pondei was being grilled for over an hour when he slowly slumped over his desk, appearing to have fainted.
Several people present at the hearing rushed to his aid, propping him up and attempting to stabilize him, while the proceeding was halted.
Soon after, Pondei appeared to be in a seizure with a man holding open his mouth as others held him upright.
Afterward, he appeared to regain and lose composure intermittently and had to be moved out of the session.
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Meanwhile, the commission had reportedly stated that the NDDC boss was ill for the past two weeks, a development that made his doctors advised him to stay clear from the probe.
In a statement issued by the Director of Corporate Affairs of the agency, Charles Odili, it added Pondei collapsed because he ignored his doctors’ advice not to attend the session.
It stated, “The commission wishes to disclose that Prof Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks. This morning, his condition deteriorated, and his doctors advised against attending the hearing.
“However, he ignored his doctors’ advice because of the realisation that his accusers will use his absence at the hearing to soil his name and reputation.
“He thought he could make it through the hearing and take care of his health later. As it turned out, his doctors were right. Prof Pondei is in a stable condition at a clinic in Abuja.”