The Lagos State Police command has said that the #SaveMayowa campaign which sourced funds for medical medical treatment of sick Mayowa Ahmed is not a fraud as was alleged weeks ago.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, said in a statement on Friday that after investigations, the police could not establish any fraud case against the Ahmed family.
It would be recalled that the victim’s family, supported by Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu; and Miss Aramide Kasumu, the director of Lifestake Foundation, had launched an online appeal to raise funds for her cancer surgery in an Atlanta- based hospital in the United States.
The campaign was said to have raised over N80m and a separate $100,000 for her but Aimakhu later alleged on social media that the campaign was a scam.
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The police spokesperson, however, described the controversy as a mere misunderstanding between the parties involved.
The police statement read:
On the 28th of July the Ahmed’s Family wanted to take Aramide out of the hospital and Both Toyin and Aramide demanded to know the destination, this led to crisis between the family and the other party, with both Aramide and Toyin Aimakhu realising Mayowa does not have Valid Visa to United State of America
The inability of both parties to communicate appropriately led to allegation and counter allegation, With the duo of Toyin and Aramide thinking the family have no intention of seeking medical help for MAYOWA abroad and might likely divert the fund away from the purpose it’s meant for.
The command having waded in had ensured that a genuine hospital in South Africa was contacted by the family and she will be under the care of one Dr. Naicker.
Flight arrangements is already concluded with mini air ambulance and medical certificate duely issued to enable her travel.
The lien placed on the account has been lifted to enable Mayowa access fund for her medical treatment and for every other expenses to be made.
Finally the command was not able to establish any criminal case against both Miss Toyin Aimakhu, Miss Aramide Kasumu neither do any of the Ahmed’s family found culpable rather its basically an issue of communication gap and misunderstanding.
The Lagos state police command once again appreciate all “good samaritans” who had donated generously towards this course and we are using this opportunity to thank the members of the public for bearing with us throughout the period of the painstaking investigation.
In futherance to this, the account is being closely monitored to ensure all fund is channel towards its purpose.