Alleged Defamation: Makkah Eye Hospital Sues WikkiTimes, Demands N1 Billion Naira
By Idris Kamal Ibrahim
Makkah Eye Specialist Hospital, a subsidiary of Al-Basar International Foundation, has dragged WikkiTimes, its Publisher and reporter over an investigative report, it considers defamatory.
The hospital is demanding N1 billion in damages from the publication which it says has “maliciously” defamed the plaintiff.
Details of the summons served on WikkiTimes also prayed that the plaintiff will also be paid another 100,000,000 “for the inconveniences and trauma suffered by the plaintiff” N5,000,000 as cost of the suit and solicitors fees.
The Hospital equally seeks for a court order to compel WikkiTimes to tender a public apology on its website, Daily Trust and ThisDay newspapers.
Abdullahi Badamasi, Manager Makkah Eye Specialist Hospital BauchiThe statement of claims signed by Barrister Ibrahim Umar Abere Esq who is the leader of the eight-man counsel to the plaintiff as sworn by Abdullahi Badamasi, Manager Makkah Eye Specialist Hospital Bauchi is slated to undergo mention on the 18th of March 2021 in a Bauchi State High Court.
Inside Makkah Eye Specialist Hospital Bauchi Where Exorbitant Charges, Tax Evasion, Retrenchment of Indigenous Staff Become the Norms
WikkiTimes in an exhaustive investigation has detailed how the hospital deviated from its creed of affordable healthcare, resorted to charging clients three times the amount in similar private institutions.
In the report, WikkiTimes also documented allegations of maltreatment of patients seeking medical help and systematic disengagement of indigenous staff on frivolous allegations, even as the investigation uncovered how the hospital shortchanged the Bauchi State Government in tax revenues for six years.