The House of Representatives of Nigeria has directed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to rapidly arrest and investigate Professor Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, the Acting Managing Director (MD) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), for what he described as ‘contempt of the legislature.’
The House Committee on NDDC, has summoned the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC to make presentation at the ongoing investigative hearing into the financial recklessness at the Commission.
It was revealed from the previous sitting that, without due process, the IMC spent N81.5bn recklessly from the Commission’s coffers from February to May 2020.
But the Acting MD, when called upon to clear the allegation, rather, questioned the credibility of the House Committee.
He didn’t have any confidence in the Hon according to him. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo-led NDDC House Committee, adding that he would not be speaking to the panel before it.
Though various members of the committee tried to make him see reasons why he could not dictate to the National Assembly how to run its oversight functions; Prof. Pondei rather walked out on the committee.
Irked by the show of disrespect to the lower chamber, Spokesman of the House, Rep. Benjamin Kalu, moved a motion, invoking section 89 of the 1999 constitution (as amended), to issue a warrant of arrest.
The motion was seconded and passed.
The c also passed a vote of confidence on committee chairman Rep. Tunji-Ojo, stating that his reputation and that of other committee members were not at issue.
The committee, however, continues with the investigative hearing.