The Ministry of Tourism has issued a statement refuting recent reports that the Minister of Tourism, Lola Ade-John, had been poisoned and hospitalized. Initially published by Peoples Gazette, the news claimed that the Minister had been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, after displaying poisoning symptoms.
According to family sources, she had spent several days at the facility, and there were concerns about her condition.
However, specific details regarding the substance ingested and the circumstances leading to her illness remained unclear. Some sources indicated that she required respiratory assistance during her hospitalization.
The situation appeared to have led to a disagreement between the Minister’s family and the Ministry regarding her treatment. Allegedly, the permanent secretary of the Ministry, Ngozi Onwudike, advocated for keeping the Minister at the public hospital, citing cost-effectiveness for the government. In contrast, the family preferred to transfer her to a private hospital but faced financial constraints.
In response to the reports, the Assistant Director of Press in the Ministry, Emem Mariam Ofiong, clarified the situation. She denied the poisoning allegations and confirmed that the Minister had been diagnosed with malaria. Ade-John received treatment for the illness and has since stabilized.
In summary, the Ministry of Tourism refuted claims that Minister Lola Ade-John had been poisoned, stating that her hospitalization was due to a malaria diagnosis, and she had received appropriate treatment, with her condition now stable.
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