Two months after a social media strategist Olufunke Phillips (real names: Philip Esther Olufunke) was outed by freelance consultant and journalism trainer, Ruona Meyer as an alleged cocaine trafficker who absconded from trial in a federal court in Lagos, reappears on social media.
Meyer had on Friday, March 15, revealed that Phillips, who describes herself as a digital strategist and social commentator, faced cocaine smuggling charges in 2009 and, according to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in a statement published two years later, had jumped bail.
2/29…after I found out @FunkePhillips is facing COCAINE smuggling charges (with a 2009 court case); and on 4 July 2011, @ndlea_nigeria listed her as skipping bail. Link below, full screenshots to come: https://t.co/oebJipgkYG pic.twitter.com/8WGeROs7HZ
— Ruona J. Meyer (@RGAMeyer) March 15, 2019
Both had entered into business relations, under the name ‘The Beverage Space’, until Meyer did a background check and found out about the questionable past of her former partner.
Meyer, who holds dual Nigerian-German citizenship, was accusing Ms Phillips of intellectual property theft after they parted ways as business partners.
Recently, Meyer who has been living in Germany before Beverage Space was formed later discovered that Phillips still continues with the business idea and is running it on a much larger scale, only slightly changing the name (from The Beverage Space to The Beverage Room).
The Beverage Room was officially launched in 2017. Having a lot at stake if she is suspected of keeping a business partnership with a fugitive, Meyer messaged Phillips on Facebook and gave her 72 hours to take down the platform and disclaim her.
“But she did not [comply],” Meyer said.
Meyer in a telephone interview with The ICIR, in a report published on the 3rd of April said after finding out about Funke past, said she brought the information to Phillips’ attention in a WhatsApp chat, and Phillips described the criminal charge as “the work of her enemies” without providing evidence of her acquittal or conviction and the time served.
Olufunke Phillips, who worked as a digital manager for the Lagos State governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was arrested and charged in 2007 for alleged possession of 3.14 kilogrammes of cocaine.
Funke’s twitter handle shows she has been retweeting all the activities connected to Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, while her facebook page shows last activity to be on the 25th of April.
According to the NDELA, she was among 26 others who were arraigned before various judges for illegal possession of banned narcotics between 2007 and 2009.
After they were granted bail during the trial, they all absconded and were declared wanted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).