Kano Lebanese community chair sues Leadership newspaper for N10 billion

By Bala Ali

The Chairman of the Lebanese community in Kano, Tahir Fadallah, has instituted a 10 billion naira suit against an Abuja based newspaper, Leadership, for allegedly defaming him in a report over the arms cache discovered at a building in Kano.

Mr. Fadallahi cited a news report of Leadership newspaper published on May 31, 2013, with a headline: “Owners of Amigo Stores, Tahir Guest Palace arrested”.

Mr. Fadallah also included his hotel, Tahir Guest palace as a co-plaintiff at a Kano High Court.

He sued the newspaper alongside one Baba El-Nafaty as defendants.

The writ of summons and statement of claims filed by Mr. Fadallah’s lawyer, Ahmad Raji, stated that the publication in question is “malicious and damaging to the hard earned reputation of the
plaintiffs.”

Following the report, the Lebanese Consular office in Kano issued a statement signed by its Acting Consulate, Khalil Musliman, stating that one of the suspects arrested in connection with the discovery is
not a Lebanese, but a Sierra Leonean citizen named Abdul Hassan Taheer.

In the suit, Mr. Fadallah is asking the court for an injunction restraining “the defendants or their agents from further publishing any defamatory words against the reputation of the plaintiffs and a
100 Million Naira cost of litigation in addition to the N10 billion damages sought.”

The Lebanese community has been in the spotlight after the discovery of a large cache of weapons concealed in the home of one of its prominent members who owns a supermarket in Abuja.

Other members of the community were also arrested in connection with the crime.


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  • Justin

    Walai Talahi! This people should be chased out of Nigeria! Imagine if a Nigerian did this in Lebanon, they would have sacked all Nigerians. And yet, they have the audacity to press charges after breeding terrorist cells in collaboration with their political god masters. It is only in NIgeria that this useless insult can happen. Hopeless country.

    • malam

      Yes hopeless country and so it remains as we are not ready to change it and we will never be one. Your opening statement of walai talahi alone is enough. We can’t do without these foreigners.

  • Ayinde

    where the guy comes from Sierria Leone or not does not really matter. Where they in illegal arms importation or not?

  • Aminu

    People are generalizing Lebanese as a whole while they have been living among us for a long time. It does not mean the act of a few should ruin the names and reputations of others. If any Nigerian does something bad abroad they cannot say all Nigerians are bad and should be kicked out.