..Is a 419, i’ve not discuss, sign agreement with anybody- La’ah
By Achadu Gabriel Kaduna
The Senator representing Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone, Senator Danjuma Tella La’ah has been given 7-days ultimatum to pay the N1 million to Doctor Philip Ataga as balance of payment for the 2018 Constituency medical outreach carried out on his behalf.
The ultimatum is contained in a letter addressed to the Senator by Solicitors to the Managing Director of Ataga Scan and Diagnosis, Dr Philip A Ataga in kaduna State.
A copy of the letter signed by the principal partner of Frank Akhareghement & Co. and
obtained by our correspondent, stated that Doctor Ataga was approached, sometimes in 2018, to carryout medical out-reach at two local Government in Kaduna State.
The lawyers stated that they have their client’s instruction to demand for the immediate payment of the sum of N1 million to their client within seven days from the date of service.
The letter stated that “We are solicitors to Dr Philip A Ataga, Medical Director Ataga Scan and Diagnosis Service Ltd Kaduna, herein after called out client on whose behalf and instructions we write to you.
“It is our brief that you approached our client sometimes in 2018, to carryout medical out-reach at two local Government in Kaduna State. That the medical out-reach was to carry-out test for hepatitis B&C with vaccination and referral for those with advance diseases.
“That your instruction was specifically for Jama’a and Kachia Local Government with understanding agreement that you will pay our client the sum of Two Million Naira (N2,000,O00.00) for
“Our client further informed us that the tests, vaccinations and referral were for a target population of one thousand persons for each local government.
“That the testings vaccinations and referrals were done in your Senatorial zone to enhance your PDP primaries for the senatorial election.
“That after the completion of the medical outreach in the local governments, you pleaded with our client to also repeat similar exercise with his medical team at the flag off of your electioneering campaign at Kagarko Local Government.
“That at the flag-off of your electioneering at Kagarko Local Government, our client with his medical team tested over four thousand persons for Hepatitis B&C while those with negative were vaccinated with medical advice and those with advance diseases were given referrals,” the letter said.
“That it was after two months of the completion of the outreach that you were able to pay our client N1 million only out of the agreed sum of N2 million leaving an outstanding balance of N1 million unpaid despite repeated attempts to reach and appeal to you to pay your debt, a debt incurred from our help to package your success,” the letter added.
The lawyers who said the Senator failed to pay the remaining N1 million despite completion of the medical outreach over two years ago, that the Senator has failed, ignored and refused to pay the outstanding balance to their client.
“We have our client’s instruction to demand the immediate payment of the sum of One Million Naira to our client or to us within seven (7) days from the date of receipt of this letter.
“Take note, if you fail to comply with our demand, we shall proceed to institute legal actions and stress the civil and criminal limbs of your action without further recourse to you,” the statement added.
Contacted, Senator La’ah who expressed surprised, denied knowledged of signing any Medical Outreach contract or agreement with anybody or persons.
While he described it as a 419, he however acknowledged doing something with one Bege only, but never holds any discussion or pricing with any other person.
While he also described the development to political, he emphasized that nobody has ever called on him or drew his attention to such a thing, adding that only personal money used for such thing and not constituency.
“Is a 419; It’s unfortunate. I thought is N100milliion. I did something like that but was only Bege I know. I don’t know any other person.