A popular social and political commentator, Ms Olufunke Phillips may be in for troubles in the coming days.
Phillips was the digital manager of Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and she has been alleged to be a fugitive after being charged for cocaine possession.
It will be recalled that Phillips was recently exposed by a Nigerian journalist, Ruona Meyer.
The dirty disclosure was said to have attracted the attention of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who reportedly ordered Sanwoolu to disband his campaign team immediately.
It was gathered that the scandal got to the leaders of the APC as a rude shock and that they have warned the incoming governor that such an element must not be found around him after his swearing in on May 29, 2019.
Ms Phillips (full name: Philip Esther Olufunke) was allegedly charged by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with illegal possession of 3.14 kilogrammes of cocaine in 2007.
It was alleged that 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.
But a short bio on thebeverageroom.co claimed Phillips launched The Beverage Room, which Meyer said was founded based on her original ideas, in 2015 to “chronicle her love for Coffee, Wine and Spirits. She started an Instagram, Facebook page and a blog sharing tips, tricks, findings and other things.”
Olusesan Daini, who headed Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s media team during the campaign said, Phillips was diligent when she worked with him and that he was surprised to hear about Meyer’s allegations.
When asked if he recruited her for the campaign, Daini said she was contracted to consult “for the purpose of election”.
He absolved the campaign team of any blame concerning Phillips. He insisted that the campaign team expected its consultants to hire people with credible backgrounds to work with them.
An anonymous source in All Progressives Congress’s media circle said Meyer’s allegations were meant to paint Phillips black.
Edwards Adamu Replaces Muiz Banire As AMCON chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Muiz Banire as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, appointing Edward Lametek Adamu as new chairman of the Corporation.
This was contained in a letter read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan.
The letter, dated December 9, 2019, reads: “In accordance with Section 10(1) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010, I hereby present Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu for confirmation as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria by the Distinguished Senate.
“While hoping that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.
”Banire was appointed as AMCON Chairman in 2018
How Wife Of MAERSK Nigeria MD Was Killed By Daredevil Armed Robbers
The Lugard Road, Lagos home of the Managing Director of MAERSK Nigeria, Mr Gildas Tohouo was invaded by daredevil armed robbers on Sunday 8th December, 2019.
During the invasion, Tohouo was stabbed by the assailants alongside his Hungarian wife, who died from the incident.
The MD is said to be a Cameroonian.
However, Mr Tohouo, who survived the attack, is said to be in a very critical situation at an undisclosed hospital in Victoria Island, not too far from their Ikoyi residence.
It was revealed that the incident occurred at about 8 – 9pm on the fateful day, while an expert in the same building was having a party.
Sources stated that the building maintenance man/ electrician brought in an accomplice under the guise of being a guest at the party.
“Once in and plan finalized, he tripped off the light to the victims’ residence and asked for access to the victims’ apartment to resolve the fault.
“Being a known person, Tohouo gave access and the two culprits proceeded to stab his wife fatally.
“The MD was able to send SOS text before he was accosted and also stabbed severally. MAERSK team received the SOS and mobilized policemen to the location in Ikoyi.
“Some suspects were arrested after a thorough search of the premises and the death of the deceased was confirmed, while Tohouo is responding to treatment,” said a source..
It was gathered that two of the domestic staff present, when the unfortunate incident occurred have been arrested by men of the Lagos Command of the Nigeria Police and are being interrogated.
The suspects, Olamide Goke and Ade Akanbi, who were allegedly found with the knife believed to have been used during the operation, were reportedly helping security operatives get to the root of the matter.
Reports say none of the couple’s three children was attacked by the hoodlums during the invasion.
Confirming the attack, a statement issued by MAERSK Nigeria and signed by one Mr Richard Smith, quoted the Regional Managing Director of Africa for A.P. Moller, MAERSK, Mr David Williams, saying that, “We are very sorry to confirm that a colleague and his family have been attacked in their residence in Lagos, Nigeria.
“Tragically, the wife of our colleague passed away at the scene. Our colleague is in the hospital, where his condition is critical, but stable. The three children are all safe and accounted for.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy goes to the family. We will do whatever we can to support them in this tragedy.
“The relatives of the family are in the process of being notified. Relevant authorities are investigating the incident. Maersk is supporting the investigation in every possible way.”
Completely sick. It was a robbery organised by some maintenance guys working in his compound at Lugard Road. They’ve been apprehended.”
Muhammad Nami Takes Over from Fowler as FIRS Chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has named Mr. Muhammad M. Nami as the new chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
He replaces Mr. Tunde Fowler, whose tenure expired on Monday.
He is a tax consultant and graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.
“Mr. Muhammad, a well-trained tax, accounting and management professional with highly rated qualifications and professional practice and licenses from relevant professional bodies, has almost three decades of practical work experience in Auditing, Tax Management and Advisory and Management services to clients in the banking, manufacturing, services and public sectors as well as non-profit organisations,” the Presidency said in statement by spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Buhari also approved the composition of the board of FIRS.
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