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Economic activities crippled in FCT as fuel scarcity persists



Amid the economic hardship ravaging the entire nation, sources of livelihood in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, seem to be threatened following the incessant scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly called petrol.

A check by our correspondent on Saturday revealed that while some fuel stations remain shut for lack of the product, some of the stations along Zuba are selling above N250 per litre, a development that has made transportation difficult for residents.

The long queue in most fuel stations in the territory are worrisome as motorists continue to lament the difficulty in getting the product.

According to the Federal Government, the queue which resurfaced two weeks ago, was birthed by the flooding situation which made roads in Lokoja, Kogi State, impassable.

We reports that several civil servants and other commuters were stranded on Friday as there was no vehicle to board.

The development also led to an obvious hike in fare, worsening the hardship already imposed on residents by the economic reality of the Giant of Africa.

Mary Achingwa, who works with the Federal Radio Corporation, told our correspondent that she spends triple of her usual fare to go to her work place everyday since the queue resurfaced early this month.

She said, “Things are just getting harder every day. We were complaining that transport fare is very expensive in Abuja not knowing that the worst was coming.

“Since this fuel crisis started, we spend triple of what we used to spend before reaching our places of work and this is so discouraging. The worst is that the price of everything increases day by day while salary remains the same”.

We findings revealed that from Dutse Alhaji to Area 1 which was hitherto N300, is currently N500 and above, while Dei-Dei to Berger and Wuse which used to be N300 and N400 is now from N500 and above.

A town service driver, Mr Olawale told our correspondent that most of the drivers buy fuel from black market at the rate of N500 per litre, stressing that it is impossible to maintain normal prices after buying the product for such an amount.

He said, “The thing is, how much are we making? It is affecting all of us. When I buy fuel at the rate of N500 per litre instead N150, you should know that the transport fare cannot be the same”.

Our correspondent also gathered that many shops situated mostly in the satellite areas of the territory are beginning to fold up over lack of petrol to generate power for their various business activities.

Barber shops, computer centres, shoe factories and other private establishments which rely majorly on generators for service to customers, are beginning to pack up in Dutse Alhaji, Dei-Dei, Kubwa, Lugbe and other parts of the city.

A resident who operates Cyber Cafe in Kubwa, Mr Chinedu Peters said he decided to lock up his shop as he is unable to buy fuel.

He said, “In this part of the city, we don’t trust public power supply so we operate with generators and now we can’t power it anymore because of fuel issues. I was in line yesterday from morning until night, yet I came home without fuel.

“If I say let me buy this black market, how much are we making that we can afford that? I just told my workers to rest for some days, maybe it will subside soon”.

However, it could be recalled that the group executive director, Downstream, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC Ltd, Engr Adeyemi Adetunji had during a media briefing a few days ago announced the arrival of the 146 truckloads of petrol into the capital.

“146 petroleum tanker trucks have arrived at the depot for dispatch into Abuja and the environs.

“Trucks have continued to arrive at the depot for onward dispatches. Product delivery to other parts of the country are also continuing with the improved vehicular movements northwards,” Adetunji had said.

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Gunmen kill Police Inspector in Aba



Suspected members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, have been accused of killing a police Inspector at Ndiegoro Police Station in Aba, Abia State.

The incident reportedly happened at about 12:30 pm on Tuesday in Ohanku Road, Iheorji junction in Aba.

During the incident, two of the attackers were neutralized by the police in the ensuing gunfight.

NAN disclosed that the Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna confirmed the incident.

Ogbonna said some policemen from Ndiegoro Police Station were on patrol around Iheorji when they came under attack by people suspected to be ESN/IPOB members.

“During a gun duel, one of the Policemen paid the supreme price while two of the gunmen were neutralized.

“As they shot the policeman, they also collected his Police AK-47 riffle”, he said.

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BBTitans: I don’t enjoy sex, I am bisexual – Nana



Big Brother Titans housemate, Nana has said that she does not enjoy sex.

Nana revealed this during a conversation with Yvonne and Olivia.

She also disclosed that she is bisexual and had do a lot of dirty things to survive.

“Because I want money, I’ve met a lot of men in different sizes. So even if you are what, I have met your size. Just do the whatever and stand up.

“I don’t enjoy sex, I don’t feel it. It got f*cked up when I had to start doing women. You Know when I said I’m bisexual?” she said.

Meanwhile, Nelisa had earlier revealed that Tsatsii is bisexual.

She said Teatsii has started showing her bisexual side.


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Zamfara police arrest 2 gunrunners, recover 325 rounds of live ammunition, AK47 rifles



Tactical operatives of the Zamfara State Police Command have arrested two gun runners, Emmanuel Emmanuel and his female counterpart, Nana Ibrahim along Gusau – Wanke – Dansadau road, conveying 325 rounds of live ammunition and 1 Magazine for Ak 47 rifle.

A press statement signed by the Command’s spokesman, S P Mohammed Shehu said the arrest was sequel to intelligence information received about the supply of the exhibits from Benue State to an undisclosed bandit’s camp in Zamfara State.

“Spot search by the operatives led to the recovery of the above exhibits. In the course of interrogation, suspects confessed to having engaged in several gun-running businesses with bandits operating in Zamfara and other neighbouring states. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend their partners and charge them to court for prosecution.”

The statement noted that the commissioner of Police, Kolo Yusuf has assured the sustained commitment of the Police to protect lives and property and urged the public to collaborate with the security agencies in this regard.

The Commissioner appealed to law-abiding citizens of the State to always give vital information that can lead to the arrest of criminals to the security agencies.

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