#EndSARS Protest: Enugu Gov't Accuses Flavour, Phyno Of Collecting N78m Bribe from Ekweremmadu - Mackenzie Sky Blog

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

#EndSARS Protest: Enugu Gov't Accuses Flavour, Phyno Of Collecting N78m Bribe from Ekweremmadu

Phyno, and Flavour
Popular Nigerian music heavyweights, Flavour N’abania and Phyno have been accused by the Enugu State government to have collected the sum of N78 million from the former Deputy Senate president, Dr. Ike Ekweremmadu to tarnish the image of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi during the nationwide #ENDSARS protests.

Many celebrities across the country participated actively in the #ENDSARS protests while it lasted. Indeed, Flavour and Phyno were no exception. 

The likes of Runtown, Falz, Davido, Tiwa Savage, DJ Switch and comedian AY. 

Others were Femi Kuti, Peter Okoye of the defunct Psquare singing group, media personality Toke Makinwa, popular disc jockey DJ Spinall and former Big Brother Naija stars Anto Lecky and Nelson Enwerem Prince. Big Brother Naija’s Tacha and Elozonam, Dija and Jaywon, MC Lively, Bello Kreb among others participated in the protests. 

In Enugu popular singers Zoro, Kcee among other musicians led thousands of youths in the protest against the dreaded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) accused of extortion, murder, sexual harassment, etc.

Following their active involvement in the protest, the Technical Assistant to Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Media and Public Relations, Comrade Stanley Ezediuto through his social media handle accused the duo of collecting N78 million from Senator Ike Ekweremmadu to campaign against the incumbent governor of the state.

His statement reads;

“We are aware of the gifting of a huge sum of N78 million to Phyno and Flavour to campaign against the governor of Enugu State in the ongoing #EndSars protest nationwide by Senator Ike Ekweremmadu.

"But we are warning against hijacking of the protest by strange characters for political reasons. Enugu State Government has lived up to expectations and the governor will continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.

“Ike Ekweremmadu should not use this opportunity to castigate the working government of Enugu State through Phyno and Flavour for his 2023 guber aspiration. If he fails to desist from so doing, we shall remind him of the many abandoned projects in his constituency which should be of major concern to him. These revered artistes should not allow themselves to be used against the peaceful state of Enugu.” 

However, reacting to the allegation, Flavour’s elder brother, Benjamin questioned the allegation levelled on the highlife Afro singer, saying that his younger brother participated in the #ENDSARS protests like other celebrities across the country. 

“It means that all the celebrities that participated in the #ENDSARS protests also collected money from the politicians. That’s what the allegation implies. So, in this case, you just have to use your common sense,” he added. 

Recall that some days back, Flavour and Phyno took to their social media platforms, warning that should anything happen to them, the governor of Enugu State should be held responsible for it. 

“Today our lives were threatened and we are making it clear that if anything happens to any single one of us or any protesters, let it be known that it was done by the Enugu State Government,” Flavour wrote on IG.

Nigerians have taken to his comment section to blast Comrade Stanley Ezediuto for making such a ‘grave accusation’, while many others have asked the Enugu State government to apologise to the artistes.

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