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BREAKING: Top Breaking News In Nigeria This Evening, Monday, 20th July, 2020

NDDC probe: Pondei was auditioning for BBNaija - Omokri.

Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has described the video of the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Kemebradikumo Pondei where he fainted during his appearance before the House of Representatives Committee as fake.

Pondei slumped while being grilled by members of the committee led by Thomas Ereyitomi over alleged financial mismanagement of the NDDC.

The acting MD was noticed to have fainted while one of the committee members was talking, which eventually disrupted the sitting as efforts were made to revive him.

Reacting, Omokri said that the drama displayed by Pondei shows that President Buhari’s administration is corrupt.

According to him, from the video making the rounds, Pondei raised his hand at some point.

The former presidential Spokesman mocking Pundei, said his drama looked like he was auditioning for Big Brother Naija, BBNaija.

Omokri on his Twitter page wrote: “Did the MD of the NDDC really faint? I doubt it. Watch as he used his hand to hold the guy trying to resuscitate him. Someone who ‘fainted’ doesn’t do that.

“Maybe the NDDC MD was auditioning for #BBNaija? I‘m a long-distance runner. I have seen people faint. No one faints and then puts up his hand to stop the person resuscitating him.

“When I said “under General @MBuhari corruption is official”, this is what I meant!”


NDDC probe: Gbajabiamila arrives venue as hearing resumes.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday, showed up at an investigative hearing being conducted on the alleged illegal spending and mismanagement by the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Gbajabiamila joined the House Committee on NDDC after the hearing resumed. He said the decision by the Chairman, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, to recuse himself from the probe showed that the lawmakers were out to ensure a credible exercise.

The event had ended abruptly as the acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, collapsed while being grilled by the lawmakers.

The event was suspended for about one hour.

The committee is now grilling the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.


NDDC probe: Akpabio accuses Reps of ‘bullying’ during hearing.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Monday, accused the House of Representatives Committee investigating financial mismanagement in the Niger Delta Development Commission, of bullying him.

The House is presently grilling Akpabio as the supervising minister of the NDDC.

The investigative hearing is being held at Conference Room 231 of the House.

Earlier, the acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, had collapsed while being grilled by the lawmakers.

But when the hearing resumed, the committee Chairman, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, asked the minister if the three major projects that he had endorsed had the approval of the Federal Executive Council.

Akpabio, who was interrupted while answering the question, said, “Mr Chairman, the condition, where we are in now, does not require bullying with due respect.”

But Tunji-Ojo responded, “We are not bullying you, honourable minister. Answer the question directly. You know you are my leader. An uncommon leader.”


Corruption war: Remain focus, ignore distractors, NYCN tells Buhari.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) on Monday advised President Muhammad Buhari, to stay focused in the fight against corruption, alleging that some powerful forces have resolved to thwart the war.

The advice was contained in a letter by the council to the President, a copy of which was made available to the newsmen, pledging support, solidarity and prayers for the administration to end well.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the President of the Council, Comrade Solomon Adodo commended President Buhari for being open about the alleged sabotage of the anti-corruption fight from within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), adding that for the first time the EFCC itself is being cleansed.

The council also in the letter also commended the efforts of the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami in the recovery of a lot of monies looted from the common treasury and properties acquired through corruption.

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