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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Actress Toyin Aimahku Clears Her Name In Alleged Scam

Actress clears her name in
alleged scam
The actress, in her Instagram post, apologised for her
angry reaction at the hospital, following the scam
allegation
Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimahku, has denied
allegations connecting her to an alleged fund-
raising scam for the operation of Ahmed Mayowa,
a lady diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.
Aimahku has in a video gone viral appealed to well meaning
Nigerians, in a bid to raise a sum of 100,000 dollars for the
treatment of the patient.
Things appeared promising, as donations came in to
support the invalid, who was admitted at the Lagos
University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
Unfortunately, unconfirmed stories started making the news
rounds, accusing Aimahku of being part of
an organised fraud.
The actress in an Instagram comment posted on Friday,
July 29, 2016, has denied the accusation.
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She wrote, “In view of the recent happenings around Mayowa
Ahmed’s ill health and the many allegations of fraud
surrounding the funds raised, it has become imperative that I
come clean by stating my side of the story and by implications,
set the record straight.
“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.”
Toyin Aimahku has built a reputation for her unique
compassion for the downtrodden in the society.
Her spirit of compassion for the weak and disadvantaged
was manifested earlier in 2016, when she showed concern
for an actor who wanted to commit suicide.
She was seen in a video appealing to the actor to abandon
his intentions, in an ocean of tears.
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