There are reports that the Save Funmi Lawal campaign going round may be fake as a message purportedly from Funmi Lawal, who is believed to need about 4million Naira to treat a cancer on her shoulder, has reportedly debunked news that she is sick and needs help.
Few days ago, a broadcast went round which read, "Hello people! pls help my friend Funmilayo lawal resently diagnos of a MALIGNANT SARCOMA, a kind of cancer at the shoulder region. The cancer has become so extensiv wch might affect some oda parts of the body if a surgery is not done as soon as possible. It could nt just cost her hand but its life threaten. Pls help, the doctors required dt she should go abroad 2 do it within 4weekz wch will cost $15000(4Million). Pls help save my life. Acc No. GTB FUNMILAYO LAWAL 0002655164. Pls no amount is too small. plsss. God bless u."
Debunking the story, a broadcast was purportedly sent from Funmi: "The BC below was sent by a fraud. Pls RBC dis until it gets back to d source of it...If u think by spreading false news u r havn fun,I will not curse u,God himself will judge you. If u av gotten any bc abt me bin sick & needing pples help, pls ignore. Its my enemies dat re @ work 2 spoil my gud name. I am nt sick in anyway. Am as fit as d fiddle. I av just completed ramadan peacefully. I pray dat every attempt of d devil 2 bring us down will go back 2 sender insha Allah bi qudirah lola osu tasese pari yi. Ao ni saisan o lagbara olorun. 10x 2 u all dat cald 2 confirm, my friends & well wishers...iretiola I was on my praying mat wen u cald o, nd pls my good ppl learn 2 confirm d very truth b4 any BC, luv u all emi noni FUNMI LAWAL. Kindly RBC #SaveFunmi Thanks."
A source close to Funmi said Funmi is hale and hearty and that she is surprised about the broadcast going round about her.
Another friend of Funmi said that the whole thing is not a scam. He claimed that Funmi is actually sick and needs 4million Naira for medical treatment.
Funmi kept aborting calls.
Meanwhile, Nollywood star actress, Funke Akindele-Oloyede would have been a fallen victim of the "Save Funmi" fraud as a young man, identified as Ayanniyi Kayode, allegedly sent her a direct message on Twitter claiming Funke should donate some money to his personal account in order to save Funmi instead of the initial one. The boy claimed that the publicised bank account dedicated for donation was fake but his was the original account. This was quickly discovered as fraud by Funke, who we learnt has reported the case to the police.
Interestingly - Don Jazzy has donated 2million Naira to Funmi for the cancer treatment.