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‘Strange black soot’ blankets Nigeria’s oil hub

PORT HARCOURT: The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as “The Garden City” because of its soaring palm trees and green open spaces. But since late last year, black soot has been falling from the sky, scaring and angering residents of the oil hub who claim nothing is being done to protect their health. “You hang your clothes and before you know it, they become black. You step on your floor, everywhere is black,” Steven Obodekwe, a Port Harcourt resident and environmentalist, told AFP. #StopTheSoot can…