The Ministry of Tourism has debunked the reports alleging the Minister of Tourism, Lola Ade-John, was poisoned and rushed to the hospital.
According to Peoples Gazette, the Minister was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, shortly after she started manifesting poisoning symptoms.
Family sources allegedly disclosed that Lola had spent four days at the facility as of Friday morning.
The specifics of what substance she ingested and how could not be immediately established as sources disclosed that she has been on a machine to aid her breathing.
However, it was alleged that the family of the Minister and the Ministry are at loggerheads over where she should be treated.
According to Gazette, the permanent secretary of the Ministry, Ngozi Onwudike, was said to have insisted that the Minister should not be transferred because the FMC is a public hospital and its services wouldn’t attract substantial charges to the government, a position her family rebuffed. But they remained with her as they could not raise funds to move her to a private hospital, sources said. A phone number for the permanent secretary did not connect on Friday morning.
Howevre, speaking with Vanguard, the Assistant Director of Press in the Ministry, Emem Mariam Ofiong, debunked the claim that Lola Ade-John was poisoned.
She confirmed that the Minister had malaria, was treated and had been stabilized.
Her words, “It is not true that the Minister was poisoned, she only had malaria and had been treated and is now stable.”
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