Gov­ern­ment House: Jang’s doc­tor sues Plateau govt over in­dict­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hir Joseph, Jos

The chief physi­cian to for­mer Plateau State gover­nor, Sen­a­tor Jonah Jang, has taken the state gov­ern­ment to court over his in­dict­ment in a multi-mil­lion naira con­tract to pro­cure hos­pi­tal equip­ment for the new Gov­ern­ment House in Jos. He is de­mand­ing N500 mil­lion as dam­ages.

Dr. Femi Ale is also ask­ing the court to grant him an in­junc­tion to re­strain the gov­ern­ment from taken fur­ther ac­tion on the panel re­port which in­dicted him.

The doc­tor headed to court af­ter the ex­pi­ra­tion of a five­day ul­ti­ma­tum he gave the gov­ern­ment. He had writ­ten Gover­nor Si­mon La­long on Septem­ber 2, ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to with­draw the in­dict­ment on grounds that his char­ac­ter was de­famed in the re­port.

Dr. Ale, whose le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Bar­ris­ter Ah­mad Garba, filed the court pro­cesses at the state High Court in Jos, yesterday, told Daily Trust that the in­dict­ment of his client was “un­fair, un­just, un­founded and un­jus­ti­fi­able,” adding “Dr. Ale is in­no­cent and has com­mit­ted no of­fence as claimed in the in­ju­ri­ous re­port.”

The probe com­mit­tee, headed by a for­mer Chief Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor at the Gwag­wal­ada Spe­cial­ists’ Hos­pi­tal, Dr. Nan­dul Durfa, re­ported that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­cov­ered an in­flated con­tract deal of N188 mil­lion to equip the new Gov­ern­ment House clinic.

The re­port said the com­mit­tee dis­cov­ered that the sum of N188 mil­lion was de­posited in a pri­vate ac­count on the di­rec­tives Dr. Ale, with­out the writ­ten ap­proval of the for­mer gover­nor, Jang, just as Ale signed an in­ter­na­tional sup­ply con­tract of med­i­cal equip­ment with a Ger­man com­pany, with­out the knowl­edge and in­put from the Min­istries of Jus­tice, and Health.

But the doc­tor’s coun­sel said the re­port was skewed to in­dict his client, and is ask­ing for dam­ages to the tune of N500 mil­lion.

The court process filed has five de­fen­dants, namely: the Plateau State gov­ern­ment, chair­man of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tee, Dr. Durfa, the com­mit­tee, the com­mis­sioner of po­lice and the EFCC.

“We wrote the gover­nor and gave the state gov­ern­ment a five-day ul­ti­ma­tum. Af­ter the ex­pi­ra­tion of the ul­ti­ma­tum, we de­cided to give am­ple time, but there was no re­sponse from the gov­ern­ment. So we de­cided to file our court pro­cesses. Our grounds are that the re­port of the com­mit­tee is not un­just and un­fair, as it is in­ju­ri­ous, af­fect­ing the in­tegrity of our clients. We are de­mand­ing for N500 mil­lion in dam­ages, just as we are seek­ing an or­der to re­strain the gov­ern­ment from pro­ceed­ing with fur­ther ac­tion on the re­port, in­clud­ing pe­ti­tion­ing the EFCC,” Bar­ris­ter Garba said.

From left: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Mekong River Asia, Eze Uzochukeu Ezeneche; Eze Chuk­wue­meka Eri and Eze Igbo 1 of Abuja, Eze Nwosu Ibe, at the pre­sen­ta­tion of kola-nuts dur­ing the 2015 Igbo Day Cel­e­bra­tion in Abuja on Tues­day.

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