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Kerosene Becomes ‘More Expensive Than Gas’ In Bayelsa After JTF Raid On Illegal Refineries



“The scarcity of kerosene has brought untold hardship to us in Bayelsa; kerosene is now costlier than gas. Before now, a 75 litres plastic bottle for the ‘Asari’ [illegally refined] sold for N100 but now it is N250,” Mrs Ebiere James, a housewife, said.

he renewed operations of the Joint Task Force (JTF) deployed to protect oil facilities in the Niger Delta against illegal refineries have resulted to shortages of kerosene available to residents of Bayelsa State, and at rates that are “costlier than gas”.

The kerosene scarcity began to manifest after a raid by the Operation Delta Safe on illegal refinery sites in Okaki, Rivers State, and Nembe in Bayelsa State.

Checks in Yenagoa indicated that the bulk of kerosene and diesel used by residents in Bayelsa were sourced from the two sites that were destroyed by troops.

It was further gathered that residents preferred kerosene sourced from the ‘local refineries‘ because it is cheaper and lasts longer than the ones sourced from the established distribution channels.

Mrs Ebiere James, a housewife, said the price of kerosene has increased astronomically within the past few weeks and made the commodity unaffordable to most households.

“The scarcity of kerosene has brought untold hardship to us in Bayelsa; kerosene is now costlier than gas. Before now, a 75 litres plastic bottle for the ‘Asari’ [illegally refined] sold for N100 but now it is N250,” she said.

“The 150-litre bottle, which was sold for N200, now sells for N500. How then can we cope when the filling stations in Bayelsa do not stock the ‘white’ kerosene [legally refined] kerosene?

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“The last time the NNPC mega station sold kerosene to the public in Yenagoa was in 2016. Now, the high cost of Asari kerosene is making people consider using gas but the cost of cylinders and gas stoves is another obstacle.”

Mr Same Yabririfa, who sells kerosene, said the destruction of the bush refineries in Okaki and Nembe has adversely affected supply of locally refined kerosene.

“These two sites are the major sources of kerosene and diesel in Bayelsa because they supply us in large quantities; even tankers come and load there and you know that regular filling stations cannot stand their competition.

“I tried sourcing the ‘white kerosene’ from a filling station and they told me that a 20-litre jerry can is N7,500, which amounts to N375/litre. If I buy at that rate, how much will I sell??

Speaking on the renewed clampdown on oil thieves, spokesman of the JTF in the Niger Delta, Major Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the joint force recently introduced the use of heavy equipment to destroy the oil distillation sites.

He said that the special equipment deployed by the troops crush the items used at the camps and make it economically impossible for them to restart operations.

“The JTF has been carrying out massive metallic operations using swamp buggy against illegal refineries all over the joint operation area for over one month now,” Abdullahi said. “This new strategy was recently deployed by Commander of Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi, in our operations and it makes it difficult for them to reassemble and resume operations after raids.”

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Done Deal! Real Madrid Announce Signing Of This Brazilian Wonder Kid For £38.7m (Photo)



Real Madrid have presented Brazil’s 18-year-old Vinicius Junior as their new £38.7m signing at the Bernabeu Stadium.

The teenager, who can play as a winger or forward, joins from Flamengo after a deal – which is a record for a player under 19 – was agreed a year ago.

Madrid president Florentino Perez said: “He’s a player who is already considered one of the great hopes of Brazilian and world football.”

Vinicius made 37 league appearances for Flamengo, scoring seven goals.’

He played a significant part in the club’s rise to the top of Brazil’s Serie A, contributing six goals and three assists in their opening 11 league and Copa Libertadores matches.

Voted the best player when Brazil won the Under-17 South American Championship last year, Vinicius originally agreed to join Madrid after playing only 17 minutes of senior football.

Presented on the pitch alongside his compatriot, Ronaldo, who scored 104 goals in 177 games for Real between 2002 and 2007, he said: “This is the best opportunity a football player could have.

“I’m honoured to have reached the pinnacle in football, Real Madrid, at only 18 years of age.”

The fee surpasses the initial £36m paid by Manchester United to Monaco for striker Anthony Martial, who was 19 when he became the world’s most expensive teenager in a September 2015 deal that could be worth up to £58m.

However, it is well short of the £166m fee that Paris St-Germain have agreed to pay Monaco for 19-year-old French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, who was on loan with them last season.

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Celebrity Butt-enhancement Surgeon, Dr Bumbum Arrested Over Death Of Patient (Photo)



His mother, accused of being an accomplice, was also arrested. Furtado was considered capable of performing magic on women’s bodies, in particular their bottoms, and became known throughout the country for his expertise.

The 45-year-old’s Instagram account reflects his popularity with 650,000 followers. But he had been on the run since Sunday over the death of a bank employee named Lilian Quezia Calixto, who perished hours after a buttock enlargement procedure at Furtado’s home in the upmarket Barra de Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio.

Calixto had travelled 1,250 miles from her home to see the surgeon. She underwent surgery on Saturday and started feeling sick soon thereafter.

Upon arriving at hospital on Sunday, she was suffering from a racing heart-beat and hypertension, and after four heart attacks she died.

Soon after, Furtado disappeared. He now faces charges of homicide and criminal association. Furtado used a controversial technique in his buttock improvement surgery, injecting a substance called acrylic glass.

The news has caused shockwaves throughout the industry Brazil is second only to the United States for the number of plastic surgeries carried out.

The Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society (SBPC) was quick to denounce Furtado, saying “the growing invasion of non-specialists in the specialty has provoked more and more fatalities like this one.”

“You cannot perform plastic surgery inside an apartment. Many people are selling a dream, a fantasy to patients in an unethical way and people, weakened, are often attracted to low prices, without considering whether or not the conditions are adequate,” SBPC president Niveo Steffen told AFP.

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Steffen said the injection of synthetic biopolymers or polymers, like acrylic glass, is very dangerous and has caused dozens of deaths among women in Latin America, especially in Venezuela.

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Fearless Dino Melaye Shuns Threats, Commissions Various Projects In Kogi State (Photos)



After receiving threats from thugs not to enter Kogi state, Senator Dino Melaye has shunned their words to storm the state for commissioning of projects.

The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, shunned threats from thugs as he stormed his constituency yesterday to commission some projects.

The senator inaugurated the two blocks of four classrooms be built at LGEA Primary School, Tawari, and LGEA primary School, Manyare, the 10- kilometre Manyare-Gegu Beki road and the 15-kilometre Orehi – Irovomi road, all in Kogi Local Government.

Melaye, who also inaugurated a borehole he built at Felele area of Lokoja, said other projects to be inaugurated in the next few days include classroom blocks, rural roads, boreholes, skills acquisition centres as well as rural electrification schemes.

He further charged the people of the communities where the projects were located to protect them from vandals and make the best use of them.

It was reported that some constituency projects meant for commissioning on Wednesday (yesterday) by senator Dino Melaye, were set ablaze by persons suspected to be arsonists.

This happened after some unidentified political thugs warned the senator not to enter Kogi State or else he will be attacked.

The government of Kogi state condemned the burning of projects executed by the lawmaker in the state while reacting to the news.

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