Narrating an incident where she almost died in prison due to an asthma attack, she told Saturday Beats that but for donations from well-meaning Nigerians, the prison would have had no drugs.
“THE PRISON HAS AN INFIRMARY AND ALSO A PHARMACY; IT IS NGOS THAT PROVIDE DRUGS FOR THE PHARMACY. I HAD A MASSIVE ASTHMA ATTACK DURING MY STAY, BUT THE PRISON DID NOT HAVE DRUGS FOR ASTHMATIC PATIENTS, IT WAS ONE OF THE PRISON WORKERS THAT PROVIDED N1,500 THAT THEY USED TO BUY INHALER FOR ME. IF NOT, I WOULD HAVE DIED THERE. IT WAS AFTER I PROTESTED THAT THEY BEGAN TO STOCK THE PHARMACY WITH ASTHMA DRUGS. THE PRISON WORKERS ARE TRYING BUT THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO UPGRADE THE PRISON.”
Now that she is out of prison, she said that she incurred medical bills of about N7m, but had been able to raise N1.2m courtesy of Nigerians who love and sympathise with her.
“I contracted eye infections because of the dirty water that we bathed with. A two-time fraudster convicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Chioma, attacked me and put her finger in my eyes, simply because I warned her to stop disposing her chewing gum and other dirt under my bunk whenever she came to visit her friend who was in my room.
“Since then, my eyes have not been the same. Also, when I visited the ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialists, they saw cotton wool stuck in my ears. My teeth were also damaged due to the food we were served. I have to undergo a root canal procedure. I slept on the floor for about a month because there was no bed space, the prison cells were crowded, so it was when someone was released that I got a bed space.
“Now I am experiencing serious waste pains because I had a back surgery in America in 2005. I also contracted toilet infections and Sexually Transmitted Infections from the toilet seats. Even though I put toilet paper on the toilet seats and poured disinfectant on the toilet seat, I still contracted diseases. I have boils at my pubic region. The toilet was very dirty. If I wanted to use the toilet, I would have to give Chidinma or any other girl I could find, about N1,000 so that they could help me wash the toilet very well before I could use it. But despite all that, I still contracted diseases.
“Because we were subjected to drinking untreated borehole water, I contracted typhoid three times. I am still treating typhoid. I am still very ill and you cannot come out of prison without detoxifyng yourself. Already, my bill is running into about N7m but I have been able to raise about N1.2m.”
She continued: “I am sad because I see a lot of poverty and love because some people were sending me money as low as N1,000. Those that sent me above N100,000 were celebrities. I know that I am from a privileged background and I should not be soliciting funds publicly but I went to Nigerians because they are my fans and they love me. Because they seized my passport and my social media platforms were also affected, I could not work. I had less than N100,000 in my account by the end of 2017. I did not go to my dad, who is 82 years old, why must he support me? Besides, we have not talked to each other for about three years, but I have forgiven him. I did not go to my children living in America for money because I do not want to be a liability, however, they also gave me money,” she said.