A Korean facility in Nigeria, Acupuncture Therapy and Spa, has called on the general public to disregard reports of alleged shut down of the “hospital” for running it illegally in the country.
A press statement signed by the media adviser, Acupuncture Therapy and Spa, Mr. Muhammad Mahmood, Monday, said the report created a great deal of misunderstanding among readers by giving the impression that the hospital was shut down and that it was operating an illegal venture.
“It is with so much passion and to set the record straight that we wish to state that our spar center has never been shut down because of any report purported by a news website, as carried by some online reports a few days ago.
“According to the report, the Lilu specialist hospital has been closed. It also demonstrates that the hospital was running illegally in Nigeria by a North Korean named Jongsu Kim, who claimed to be Chinese for four years in Abuja. In the report, the author also claimed that some highly placed Nigerians, including the presidency officials and senior advocates, were patronising the hospital.
“To remove this confusion created by the false information in this piece, we state that the facility was not forced by any authorities to shut down its activities as claimed, but they are attending to some functions approved by the Korean Embassy since they are not operating a full-time organisation.
“Secondly, the reports online show that the expatriates were operating a hospital by the name of LILU. This is to inform the general public that the Korean has never operated under Lilu Hospital, it is just a mere speculation, but they only operate an Acupuncture as an alternative therapy for body muscle straightening, and a Spa.
“The reports also show that the operators of the facility are Koreans who claim to be Chinese, which is also false based on the purported investigation conducted by the authors of the report.
“One interesting fact to note is that Mr. Hak and his team were advised to take further measures to ensure full registration of their center with all relevant authorities in Nigeria, and as law-abiding members of the diplomatic corps, they have already taken measures to ensure they do their best to support the Nigerian government’s policies.
“More information is available about this false report intended to tarnish the image of innocent people. We shall stand firm in promoting an avenue for providing meaningful and relevant information to the public in order to enlighten the general audience with analysis and depth, and not a vendetta!” he added.