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Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by dre11(m): 6:02am On May 16



Two months after a social media strategist was outed as an alleged cocaine trafficker who absconded from trial in a federal court in Lagos, the security agencies are yet to act.

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.

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).

Last March, a Nigerian journalist, Ruona Meyer, exposed Ms Phillips (real names: Philip Esther Olufunke) as one of the fugitives charged with cocaine possession.

Ms Meyer, who holds dual Nigerian-German citizenship, was accusing Ms Phillips of intellectual property theft after they parted ways as business partners.

In the run-up to the governorship election in Lagos State, Ms Phillips, who has maintained an active social media presence for years, campaigned vigorously for Mr Sanwo-Olu. At the time, her social media handles described her as ‘Digital Strategist/Social & Political Commentator|Social/Digital Manager, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Campaign.’

But after she was exposed as a fugitive, she removed all traces of a connection with the governor-elect. And, afterwards, disappeared from social media.

She re-surfaced weeks later and continued her usual activities.

Bala Elkana, the Lagos State police spokesperson, did not respond to phone calls or text message enquiries since Tuesday.

But Jonah Achema, the NDLEA spokesperson, asked for a written request for information, addressed to the chairman, on why the agency had failed to act on Ms Phillips.

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While responding to a Freedom of Information request by PREMIUM TIMES in April, the NDLEA admitted that Ms Phillips was among the suspects who were granted bail and subsequently absconded from their criminal trial.

The NDLEA added that although it had successfully re-arrested, prosecuted and convicted some of the fugitives, Ms Phillips was not among those “that have been tracked as at this date.”

The agency declined to provide further information, stating that the FOI Act “exempts the disclosure of information or records required for law enforcement and investigation activities.”


https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/330150-police-ndlea-silent-as-alleged-fugitive-cocaine-trafficker-returns-to-social-media.html

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Cryomancer: 6:08am On May 16
Nigeria will continue to always be a joke.

Police, EFCC, NDLEA, DSS are all known for their media trial and photoshoots with suspects without any substantial progress on prosecution.

Someone who is on a wanted list for drug trafficking is also campaigning for a drug addict (sanwo-olu) under the umbrella of the drug baron himself (Tinubu).... and you still ask why she's walking free?

I won't be surprised if she's appointed as a special assistant to Lagos state governor-elect soon.


I'm only surprised that some people are surprised about this news.

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by CottonBalls: 6:09am On May 16
I joined nairaland some minutes ago. Welcome me, please kiss

Thanks Y'all smiley

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by andysmith123(m): 6:09am On May 16
hmmm,if not for my mama food wey dey hold me down since,i 4 don commit sucide

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Follygunners: 6:09am On May 16
Tinubu, Sanwo-Eko, Gloria Okon...

What do they all have in common?

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Olalan(m): 6:09am On May 16
In Nigeria the law is a respecter of certain persons

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by philcz(m): 6:10am On May 16
cheesy
One of Tinubu's ladies, if you know you know. God airpus in this country.

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Joromi12: 6:10am On May 16
Same way matharoo sisters fled. In 9ja the law is only for the poor. Just know that anyone abroad living lavish is into drugs or yahoo

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by BabaCommander: 6:10am On May 16
So Samwo Olu is truly a junkie?

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by TosinBello(m): 6:10am On May 16
Long story
Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Tokziby: 6:11am On May 16
Nigeria and nepotism are 5&6 as long as u know people at the top, talk more of a ruling party, na saint u be... Smh sad

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Iwanttoto1: 6:12am On May 16
grin grin grin grin Awon AFONJA piggies jati jati

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by JustHector(m): 6:12am On May 16
Nigeria....The home of lawlessness.....I hail!

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by obi58: 6:12am On May 16
O boy!!! shocked shocked cool cool shocked

The power of connections!!!!

Maybe na lie sha... But if e true chai!!! O ma se o!!!!!

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Zechenna007: 6:12am On May 16
crySweet girl
Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by ItalianWine(f): 6:12am On May 16
They absconded with the help of the federal governmentundecided

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by AngelicBeing: 6:13am On May 16
Her sins has been forgiven as long as she is in the APC tongue

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Deathisfree: 6:13am On May 16
Abeg tinubu unko? Our drug lord

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by dynicks(m): 6:14am On May 16
CottonBalls:
I joined nairaland some minutes ago. Welcome me, please kiss
firstly, u gats be annointed so as not to become one of them zombies.......oya take'am!!

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by priceaction: 6:15am On May 16
Someone is really pressing a blackmailing button hard. grin

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by uthlaw(m): 6:15am On May 16
if it is yahoo guys now, some idiot on Nairaland will be telling stories that doesn't concern there generation!

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by dingbang(m): 6:15am On May 16
Nothing will be done....
Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by kaen1317: 6:17am On May 16
It could only mean 1 thing....bribery is involved.
Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Auxtin85(m): 6:17am On May 16
She has gone backstage to do some underground assignment
Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by TripleA14(f): 6:18am On May 16
Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by Glorylynn: 6:19am On May 16
CottonBalls:
I joined nairaland some minutes ago. Welcome me, please kiss


You are welcome my brother,there is a special package waiting for you at the end of the service please drop your name and phone number,we are glad you are one of us now.

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Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by seangy4konji: 6:19am On May 16
Witchhunting
Re: Olufunke Phillips: Fugitive Cocaine Trafficker Returns To Social Media by LeonMacJames(m): 6:20am On May 16
obi58:
O boy!!! shocked shocked cool cool shocked

The power of connections!!!!

Maybe na lie sha... But if e true chai!!! O ma se o!!!!!
I know the lady, I shared her story on my TL on facebook, coman see the barrage of people asking me to take the post down in my DM.

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