The chairman of the Lebanese community in Kano and owner of 5-star Tahir Guest Palace Limited, Tahir Faddalah has sued the Leadership Group, publishers of Leadership newspaper for libelous publication against him.
Tahir is demanding N10 billion from the leadership Newspapers management over alleged libelous publication contained in its May 31, 2013 edition, in which the Kano businessman was named as one of the suspects being interrogated by security agents in connection with the Hezbollah weapons uncovered in a bunker in Kano recently.
In a writ of summons and statement of claim filed by, Barrister Ahmed Raji [SAN], Counsel to plaintiff, Tahir and his company, Tahir Guest Palace are asking for N5 billion each from the Newspaper Company and one Bala El- Nafaty mentioned in the suit as co-defendant.
According to the plaintiff, the said publication titled, “Owners of Amingo Stores and Tahir Hotels arrested” was designed to defame his character and tarnish the reputation of his businesses, “it was a malicious publication,” he insisted.
The plaintiffs also sought an injunction from the court to restrain the defendants, their agents from further publishing defamatory materials against them; they prayed the court to award N100million as cost of litigation.
It would be recalled that security in agents in Kano on May 30, this year, intercepted a bunker with assorted weapons of mass destruction in a house belonging to a prominent Kano based Lebanese businessman in the Kano high-brow Bompai estate. The shock discovery led to the arrest of three other member of the Lebanese community.