The Lagos State Police Command has waded into the controversy surrounding the #SaveMayowa campaign which a popular blogger described as a fraudulent scheme designed to fleece innocent members of the public.
The campaign which has raised more than N32 million since it started was embroiled in controversy on Thursday when the popular blogger asked Nigerians not to donate to the fund.
Following this development, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed full scale investigation into the campaign.
Owoseni also directed Access Bank to freeze the account opened in the name of the patient, Mayowa.
In a statement issued by Dolapo Badmos, spokesman of the Lagos Police Command, she stated:
”The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni has directed full scale investigation into the report that the *Save Mayowa Campaign* is a fraud.
”Founder of Lifestake foundation Ms Aramide Kasumu and two members of the ailing Aramide Shukura Ahmed’s family, Mr Iwaloye Seun and Mrs Zaneen Ahmed were earlier today invited to the command’s headquarter on a fact-finding mission, subsequently the command have placed a red alert on the access bank account opened in the name of Mayowa as it has been frozen while effort is ongoing to contact the managers of Gofundme online account so as to ensure funds raised through that platform is not fraudulently diverted. Investigation will be extended to LUTH hospital Idi-Araba where the patient is currently undergoing treatment.
”The command wishes to inform all the good spirited people who had donated generously to this course that it will ensure it does not return as a hoax and every outcome of the investigation shall be made open.
”Our heart is with Mayowa at this Critical period of her life and pray she finds healing.”
Apart from the police, the authorities of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, have also ordered investigation into the matter.
The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Professor Chris ‘Bode, said the report of a scam allegation involving the family of Ahmed Mayowa Sukurat, an ovarian cancer patient on admission at LUTH, would be investigated.
Professor Bode said the management of the hospital was not aware of the campaign.