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Nigeria

Tonye Patrick Cole

Date of Birth: 11 January 1967
Place of Birth: Port Harcourt


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Governors get set

In Rivers State PDP governor Nyesom Wike has a clear path to a second term after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared that the APC's nomination of candidate Tonye Cole was against election rules (AC Vol 59 No 15 The probity contest)...


Politics of patronage

The refinery when operational should transform the market in fuel in which Aiteo Oando Femi Otedola's Forte Oil and Tonye Cole's Sahara Petroleum are leading players and in the partly privatised power sector...


The probity contest

Sahara's Managing Director Tonye Cole has fostered consistently warm relations with governments along the West African seaboard...


The cauldron boils again

Although Jonathan's government failed to push the Petroleum Industry Bill which would have sent more federal funds to the Delta it did promote the interests of oil companies owned by business people from the region such as Igho Sanomi's Talveras Tonye Cole's Sahara Oil Walter Wagbatsoma's Ontario Oil and Gas and Ben Peters' Aiteo (AC Vol 55 No 4 Oil theft row escalates)...


Oil, the political lubricant

Sanusi's statements which also questioned crude oil swaps by Tonye Cole's Sahara Energy Walter Wagbatsoma's Ontario Oil and Claude Dauphin's Trafigura were interpreted as a political attack on Oil Minister Allison-Madueke...


Oil theft row escalates

Sanusi criticised several other schemes all of which come under the responsibility of Allison-Madueke: • Strategic Alliance Agreements between an affiliate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Jide Omokore's Atlantic Energy which Sanusi said illicitly transferred NNPC revenue to private holdings; • Unaudited crude oil swaps for imports of refined products handled by four local trading groups: Igho Sanomi's Talveras Tonye Cole's Sahara Oil Ben Peters' Aiteo and Walter Wagbatsoma's Ontario Oil and Gas together with Claude Dauphin's Netherlands-based Trafigura; • Illegal oil bunkering – running at over 250 000 barrels a day; • Unaudited third-party financing claims of about $2 bn...

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Ministers old and new

* Tonye Cole (Rivers): Co-founder of Sahara Energy Group close to senior oil officials...


Saharan desserts

Led by Tonye Cole son of Obasanjo's former foreign affairs advisor Patrick Dele-Cole Sahara has emerged from nowhere to be a powerful force since Obaseki took over NNPC...


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