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The Controversies Over #SaveMayowa & Her Family

The family of Mayowa Ahmed has denied claims its fund raiser to fly the UNILAG graduate abroad for cancer surgery was a scam.

The family had raised $100,847 via crowdfunding site Go Fund Me, with the support of people like actress Toyin Aimakhu. Additional donations, reportedly running into millions were also received via a bank account provided by her family.

But on Thursday reports started flying in the social media that the #SaveMayowa campaign was a scam, sparking controversy. What is the position of things now?

According to reports, Toyin Aimakhu, who played a role in soliciting funds, had reported the family to the police, with claims that doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital had said that they refused to give the family a referral for treatment abroad as no hospital could save her.

The report divided Nigerians on social media with some expressing anger and disgust at the family and others criticising the reports and LUTH for insinuating that the family shouldn’t have pursued further treatment after being informed Mayowa’s cancer was at stage 4.

Amid the controversy, the family issued a statement, insisting that they did not deceive Nigerians and that they had contacted hospitals abroad and were concluding arrangements to fly her abroad for treatment as planned.

In the statement, Mayowa Ahmed's family explained that it had also contacted Flying Doctors to fly Mayowa to Dubai for treatment, while providing evidence of correspondence with a hospital abroad.

A source told OluFamous.Com that "a person" wanted to travel with Mayowa for the trip due to the person's assistance in helping the family raise money from Nigerians but the family didn't see it as necessary. That was how the story of "scam" started, just to rubbish her family. How true? Hmmm!