Nollywood actress Toyin Aimakhu has thought it imperative to state her side of the story following the ensuing controversy trailing the #SaveMayowa campaign which went sour after she raised an alarm on Thursday when she stormed the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) with policemen claiming she was fooled into spearheading the campaign to raise funds to the tune of N32 million needed to fly Mayowa abroad for treatment to cure Ovarian cancer.
The actress in her statement, said she began to smell a rat when she received a call from one Aramide Kasumu of Lifesake Foundation (who seemed to know so much about Mayowa’s health condition), telling her that the whole #SaveMayowa fundraiser was a sham.
Toyin said she made haste to clear her name as she has never been a fraudster and will never partake in such dealings.
The thespian who accused the family of cutting everyone off after the money was raised, felt miffed when Mayowa’s family accused her of demanding part of the funds raised and also claimed that she requested that the family foot her bills to fly abroad with Mayowa.
Toyin was also shocked when Mayowa's family insinuated later that their refusal to her many requests was what allegedly enraged her into raising a storm by involving the police.
“When I got wind of Mayowa’s sickness, I was moved to tears and immediately sought to know how I could help, hence my on-the-spot video which went viral as my genuine intervention.
“Indeed, I was overwhelmed by the quick response of well-meaning Nigerians to whom I will forever owe a debt of gratitude. But all this changed yesterday, Thursday 28th, July, when I went to the hospital in the morning to check as well as follow up on Mayowa.
"Her brother had told everyone to leave them alone because they wanted privacy. Although I was shocked at the sudden change in attitude, especially the tone of communication, I still did not suspect anything was amiss.
“However, on my way out, I received a call from one Aramide Kasumu of Life Stake Foundation, who would later claim the whole Mayowa Ahmed fund raiser was a scam. Importantly, she wanted to know the extent of my involvement and in her words, “so that when they are giving their reports, I would not be roped into it”. She went further to state that the family deceived everyone in the first place by raising funds for Mayowa despite the fact that her case was helpless and the hopes of her survival was near impossible. She seemed to know so much, I reckoned.
“Upon hearing this, I was appalled and in a bid to clear my name, I went back to the hospital in palpable anger and demanded explanations from all concerned. Perhaps, I overreacted when I went into a rage of anger over the matter with the CSO. I then alerted the Police PRO, who invited the parties involved to the police command.
“I want to state for the record that I have never been a fraud and will never partake in one, not even at this stage of my career (which I hold to heart). All my efforts were strictly on humanitarian grounds without recourse to any pecuniary consideration or the resort to cheap fame.
“That said, whatever discomfort my reactions may have cost anyone from any quarters is highly regretted and I take responsibility.
“Whilst I wish Mayowa a quick recovery and divine intervention, I want to urge us as a people to continue to exhibit that enviable Nigerian spirit of compassion and generosity and not because of this isolated case cease to be our sister/brother’s keeper. I love you all and thank you.”