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NDDC MD, Pondei, Leaves Hospital, Attended Hearing Against Advice


BEVERLY HILLS, July 21, (THEWILL) – Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei has left the hospital.

Prof Pondei who slumped as the House of Representatives committee on NDDC grilled him is said to have left the hospital where he was taken, later on Monday.

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.

THEWILL recalls that the NDDC had said Pondei collapsed at the National Assembly because he ignored his doctors’ advice on his health status.

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In a statement signed by the Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, the NDDC said Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks but that his condition deteriorated Monday morning necessitating his doctors to advise him against attending the hearing, a warning which he did not heed.

Odili further stated that, “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.