Lola Ade-John, Nigeria’s Minister of Tourism, has been hospitalized in Abuja after reportedly falling victim to acute poisoning of unknown origin. Family sources have expressed concerns about the urgency required to save her life.
Ade-John, aged 60, was swiftly admitted to the Federal Medical Centre in Jabi as soon as symptoms of poisoning began to manifest, according to reliable family sources. As of Friday morning, she has spent four days receiving medical care at the facility.
Sources close to the situation have revealed that Ade-John is currently reliant on a breathing assistance machine. However, the specific substance she ingested and the circumstances surrounding the poisoning have not been immediately disclosed to the public. Both the police and the State Security Service have not yet responded to inquiries regarding the initiation of any investigations into the matter.
The deteriorating condition of the minister has further exacerbated tensions within her family. The Permanent Secretary of her ministry, Ngozi Onwudike, reportedly disagreed with the family over whether Ade-John should remain at a public hospital or be transferred to a better-equipped private facility in downtown Abuja.
Onwudike purportedly insisted on her continued treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, arguing that the hospital’s services would not impose substantial financial burdens on the government. In contrast, the family sought to relocate her to a private hospital but faced financial constraints, which prevented them from doing so.
Efforts to reach Ngozi Onwudike for comment were unsuccessful as her phone number did not connect on Friday morning. Likewise, a spokesperson for the Federal Medical Centre has not responded to requests for updates on Ms. Ade-John’s condition.