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Nigeria’s Oil Mogul, Tonye Cole Alleged to be in Romance with American Actress, Kenya Moore….



Only weeks ago, reports came to town that Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’Banj, was Kenya Moore’s “African Prince” and would be appearing on her show where much more would be revealed about him. That rumour was visited with denials and threats of litigation as D’Banj vowed to press charges with a foreign media house which described him as a womaniser.

Latest reports about Kenya Moore indicate that the man she described as “my African Prince” perhaps, might be Tonye Cole, the billionaire oil mogul who runs Sahara Energy, along with his two other friends, Tope Sonubi and Ade Odunsi.

Tonye, who is married with three kids, was caught walking side-by-side with Moore on the campus of Harvard University in the USA few days ago.

Krystle (with handle @LudaKrys1 on Twitter), a fan of Moore, on Monday took the picture that has gone viral since she tweeted:

‘Just seen Kenya Moore from RHOA in Harvard square w/ her mystery man. He’s an old man!! She caught me taking pics lol’.

The tweet was accompanied with a photo of Cole and Moore.

Tonye Princewill and Kenya Moore

By all indices, Tonye Cole perfectly fits the description of Moore’s description when she granted an interview sometime ago that her boyfriend was a Nigeria who was successful. Tonye Cole’s Sahara Energy Resource Nigeria Ltd is a hugely successful company which focuses on the trading of refined petroleum products, residue and crude oil. Through contacts in corridors of power both in and outside of Nigeria, Tonye Cole has been able to take Sahara Energy to an enviable height. The company has not been without its low moments as it has been indicted on several occasions as having involved itself in unethical and sharp practices.

A report titled ‘Swiss Traders’ Opaque Deals’ in Nigeria released by Swiss non-governmental advocacy organisation, the Berne Declaration, has detailed how the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is conniving with major Swiss oil trading companies and their Nigerian parent companies to drain Nigeria of billions of dollars of revenue through the sale of crude oil below the market value.

The report also described the schemes employed by Nigerian and foreign fuel importers, such as creating offshore subsidiaries referred to as “letterbox companies”, ship-to-ship transfer to create untraceable paperwork, payment of subsidy money into phantom and non-existing importers, and partnering with highly-placed roguish politicians to defraud the country of over $6.8 billion from 2009 to 2011.

Specifically, the report stated:

“Another firm implicated in Nigeria and with subsidiaries in Switzerland is Sahara Energy… The Nigerian authorities are requesting that Sahara reimburse 6.034 billion Nairas (37.55 million dollars) of subsidies, unless a “credible explanation” can be provided on the subject of these transactions.”

The report also stated that Sahara Energy is entirely unable to justify a bank statement showing another $33.7 million while it is among the companies that have not imported the quantities that they should have but who have nevertheless been able to continue their importing activities with flagrant impunity

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Just In: President Tinubu approves N70,000 minimum wage





President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.


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Gov. Zulum Clarifies Son’s Purported Killing Of Chinese National At Indian Nightclub




The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has denied reports alleging that one of the sons has been arrested and sentenced to prison for the murder of some Indian citizens.

Reports has it that there were unverified rumours, especially on social media platforms, alleging that the first son of the governor, Umar Zulum Umara, killed the Chinese national during a fight at an Indian nightclub.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi, dismissed the reports in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, no son of the governor was arrested or charged with any crime.

The statement read, “attention of the Borno State Governor’s Media Unit has been drawn to rumours circulating that the son of the Borno State Governor has been arrested for the alleged murder of some Indian citizens.

“This misinformation was published in an online blog, Nairaland, titled “Son of Borno State Governor Murders Someone In India—Politics.” The blog claimed that the Governor also travelled to India, attempting to use diplomatic status to resolve the matter.

“It is on record that Governor Babagana Zulum was on a one-month vacation in Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj and later travelled to Egypt to attend the annual ASUWAN forum conference in Cairo.

“The Media Unit would like to clarify and set the record straight that Nairaland and other online blogs have mischievously spread defamatory content without any speck of truth.

“We hereby warned Nairaland and all those who have spread the false information to pull down this misinformation from its website and platforms within the next 24 hours and offer an unreserved apology to Governor Zulum, his son, and the entire family, or risk legal action. The Governor shall also not hesitate to take legal action against any media outlet that continues to publicise this defamatory information on its platform.

“We would like to inform the public that none of Governor’s Zulum’s son was either arrested or charged with any crime, or involved in any unlawful activities anywhere.

“We urge the public to exercise caution when consuming and sharing information, particularly when it comes from unverified sources and blogs instead of credible media outlets.

“We enjoin all media organisations to engage in responsible journalism of truth and factual verification while recognising the potential harm and psychological trauma the spread of false information might have caused to the Governor’s family.”


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Over 600,000 Nigerians sought asylum abroad under Buhari – Report




Over 600,000 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries between 2016 and 2023, which were years under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari was President from 2015 to 2023 and handed over to President Bola Tinubu who was sworn in on May 29, 2023, after winning in the general elections the same year.

According to a report released on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, by Statisense, a data collection organisation, of a total of 664,384 in eight years, 355,792 persons sought asylum between 2016 and 2019 while 308,592 sought asylum between 2020 and 2023.

On a year-by-year basis, 66,862 sought asylum in 2016, 91,924 in 2017, 84,624 (2018), 112,382 (2019), 73,233 (2020), 83,105 (2021), 83,402 (2022), and 68,852 in 2023.

The figures indicate a surge from the past years, as Statisense noted that within 12 years – 2004 to 2015 – only 204,791 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries.

In total, 869,175 Nigerians filed for asylum in the last 20 years, notably from 2004 to 2023.

The report was posted on the organisation’s handle @StatiSense, citing the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In another report shared by the organisation on Wednesday, it was stated that the Republic of Niger topped countries with the most Nigerian refugees in 2023 with about 200,497 Nigerians and a total of 1,268,464 Nigerian refugees between 2015 and 2023.

Niger, a border country, shares proximity with Nigeria’s north, where residents battle a spate of insecurity in the region ranging from banditry, terrorism and herdsmen-farmers crisis.

Another report also revealed that Nigerians topped the list of African countries who sought asylum in Canada in 2023 with about 10,111 asylum seekers followed by Kenya with 1,345.  It stated that 1,345 Nigerians however sought asylum in the United Kingdom and 5,136 in the United States of America.

Source: The Punch

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