Tope Sonubi of Sahara Energy Group lobbies Buhari through Wale Tinubu
For a brilliant and extremely lucky individual that fortune has smiled on,many of Tope Sonubi's friends sometimes wonder how he managed to entangle himself in the financial malfeasance that is threatening to drown the company he part owns Sahara Energy.According to those in the know,Tope Sonubi used to be a cab driver in the Uk,while on his regular commute he met Alhaji Haruna Abubakar a NNPC top shot.Each time Alhaji Abubakar was in London either on Business or Pleasure,Tope Sonubi was his driver of choice.Their relationship became stronger until Alhaji decided to help Tope Sonubi by introducing him to the Oil and Gas business.He later invited him to Nigeria and linked him up with the players and those who make things happen in the industry.Now Tope Sonubi began to deal with the likes of Oando's Wale Tinubu amongst others.Being a cerebral and intelligent individual,he was able to make good use of this opportunity,hence in no time became a force to be reckoned with in the industry.In 1996 he and two other friends and business partners Tonye Cole and Ade Odunsi birthed a join business venture Sahara Group which stood as holding company for the rest of their business concerns Sahara Energy fields,Sahara Gas,Sahara Farms,Sahara Trade and Sahara Bulk Storage Facilities amongst other concerns where they have nominal interests.However like the individuals who became ensnared as a victim of sucess,Tope Sonubi who is one of the Minister of Petroleum Mrs Allison Madueke's Man friday and business points person and his partners became a victim of their sucess when they got indicted in a monumental fraud exposed by a Swiss based Non Governmental Organisation The Berne Declaration.
According to the NGO in a detailed report they released chronicling how corrupt Nigerian Oil and Gas firms had been defrauding Nigerians,subverting revenues from crude oil sales Sahara Energy whose subsidiary address was listed as 7,Quai Du Mont-Blonc Geneva was severely indicted and asked to refund the sum of N6.034 Billion ($37.55million)
The report further Queries the inability of Sahara Energy to properly explain how they could not reconcile the figure of $33.7Million shown in their company Bank statements,and more importantly why they have not delivered petroleum products of same amount which the Government has paid them for,yet continued doing business in flagrant disregard of this indicting reports.
With the incoming Government and reputation of Buhari,Sahara Energy with Tope Sonubi as pointsman are now using Oando's Wale Tinubu to silently lobby the President Elect to secure a soft landing and some sort of reassurance, that they will not be touched,hence the dilemna they are facing at the moment.
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