A top member of Lagos State governor-elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s campaign organisation, Funke Philips, is in a bind as allegation surfaced that she was once prosecuted for trafficking in cocaine.
Philips, who is one of Sanwo-olu’s media aides was so alleged of committing sundry offences including intellectual property theft by her accuser, Ruona Meyer, a Nigerian-German journalist.
Meyer, an ex- BBC journalist, on Friday via her twitter handle,@RGAMeyer, revealed alleged Philips’ sordid past saying the pair entered into a business deal sometime in 2015 but she called it off after she discovered her partner was once prosecuted for trafficking in drug and jumped bail.
She made the disclosures in series of tweets with two republished below: “I’m making this PUBLIC disclaimer to FULLY dissociate myself from business dealings I had with @FunkePhillips in 2015/2016, which I terminated in 2016.”
The court case paper posted on Twitter by Meyer bears the surname Philips instead of Phillips the campaign aide uses on social media and on her bio page on the beverageroom.co.
She was arraigned before Justice P.I Ajoku of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court in 2007 but she, alongside 25 others absconded after being granted bail by the judge.
Meyer said Philips told her that she “went through a lot to settle the case” when Meyer demanded her explanations about the case.
Meyer explained that she worked with Phillips at the time because she needed her to be the face of the business – The Beverage Space – in Nigeria.
She insisted that Phillips was a minority partner in the venture and that she contributed no financial and intellectual input to the business.
“I was not based in Nigeria. This is where Funke Phillips came in. I later called it The Beverage Space,” said Meyer.
“Funke Phillips had no money, so I handled practically all costs… All Funke Phillips had to do was go to events/bars, send in little notes, writings,” she added.
She, however, said she discontinued contract after her “character check” revealed Philips as a “drug baron on the lam.”
“I, therefore, asked Funke Phillips for her documents of acquittal. She responded that this was the work of her enemies. With such answers, I told her I could NEVER work with her on any basis; we needed to cut all ties immediately.”
But years later, Phillips began her own website which she named ‘The Beverage Room’ based on the same ideas Meyer said she “originated and conceptualised.”