Children trapped on a mountain by Islamic State militants in Iraq are drinking blood from their parents to stay alive, it emerged today.
Their horrendous plight was revealed after some 8,000 Yazidis were finally able to escape down Mount Sinjar where they have been under siege from jihadist fighters for the last week.
Those fleeing have made it to relative safety at a camp in Dohuk Province in Kurdistan, where they have told horrific stories of the 30,000 who have been left behind.
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PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday, flagged off the implementation of the $1.5billion (about N260billion) Quantum Petrochemical Complex in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State.
The state-of-the-art facility will produce a range of petrochemicals including polyethylene, polypropylene and methanol.
He also commissioned the Uquo Gas Processing Facility built by Seven Energy and operated by Frontier Oil Limited, an indigenous company.
Speaking moments after unveiling the plaque of the petrochemical project,
A nurse who had contact with the late Patrick Sawyer, the Ebola index case patient, travelled to Enugu against medical advice, a development that had made health authorities to quarantine 21 persons she had interacted with in the state.
Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, who disclosed this to State House correspondents, after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, on Wednesday, also said a total of 198 persons had been
SMART moves by the chairman of the national conference, Justice Idris Kutigi (retd), saved the plenary on Wednesday from possible anarchy and unnecessary fireworks.
Kutigi, in a veiled statement, told the northern delegates that the leadership of the conference had no ulterior motive for the inclusion of draft new constitution in the final reports distributed to delegates for consideration.
The northern delegates, under the umbrella of Northern Delegates Forum (NDF), also on Wednesday, came
DEFENCE spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade, has said Nigerian military is capable of fighting insurgency and terrorism.
Speaking at a media interaction organised by Nigerian Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, Olukolade insisted that either in hardware or in training, men of the Nigerian armed forces had everything â€œit takes to combat the current enemy.
â€œThe Nigerian military is well trained for the kind of war that it is currently engaged. Even before the advent of terrorism,
FOLLOWING the October ultimatum purportedly given to President Goodluck Jonathan by the Northern Eldersâ€™ Forum (NEF) to rescue Chibok schoolgirls and bring an end to Boko Haram insurgency or lose the support of the North in the 2015 presidential election, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the forum has thrown its weight behind the president and his war against terror.
In an apparent repudiation of NEFâ€™s position, NEC said in a statement issued by the spokesman of the council, Ambassador
THERE was shock and disbelief in Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday, when a 19-year-old boy, Osagiator Ighodaro, was caught having sex with a dog.
Osagiator was caught by a man who thought he (Osagiator) wanted to steal the dog, but after following him to an uncompleted building at Iguosa community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the sate, he saw Osagiator having sex with the dog.
The suspect has since been arrested by the state police command and would soon be charged to court.
A Nigerian based in Germany, Ahmed Ibrahim, was allegedly brutalised by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, on the allegation that his name was among those on the wanted list of the Presidency.
He was returning to Munich, Germany, when the incident happened.
The Kwara State-born 32-year-old Ibrahim claimed three officers of the immigration service descended on him, with one of them hitting him on his head, which is currently
NATIONAL Health Research Ethics Committee, a national body under the Federal Ministry of Health, has approved the use of the experimental Ebola virus disease drug, ZMapp, for treatment of patients infected with the virus.
This was revealed in a statement made available to newsmen by the chairman of the committee, Professor Clement Adebamowo, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
This followed the approval of the drug by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for treatment of Ebola patients.
According to the statement,
THE Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, has commiserated with the family of the late Mr Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, its official who died as a result of Ebola virus disease in Lagos, on Tuesday.
In a statement announcing the death, the commission expressed its gratitude to Nigerian government authorities and others who contributed to managing the late official while under quarantine.
Before the event, the commission, working in collaboration with Nigerian health authorities,
CHAIRMAN, caretaker committee, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Paul Ejekwu, slumped and died in the early hours of Wednesday.
The local council boss was said to have attended a meeting of chairmen of local council committee, held at the Government House till the early hours of Wednesday.
While the cause of the death could not be ascertained as of press time, sources said on getting home around 3.00 a.m., Ejekwu was finding it difficult to breath and, at a point, started
OGUN State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has said the state is set to begin the immediate implementation of the 27.5 per cent Peculiar Allowance earlier approved for teachers nationwide.
This, he said, would make the state the first to effect the payment of the allowance in the country.
He also reaffirmed his governmentâ€™s commitment to the prompt payment of teachers salaries and allowances, as well as training and re-training to improve quality service delivery.
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday, approved the appointment of Mr Danladi Kifasi, as the new Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
The appointment follows the mandatory retirement of Alhaji Bukar Boni Aji, having attained 35 years in service.
Until his appointment, Kifasi was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who briefed State House Correspondents after the regular meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided
NAFDAC DG cautions against bathing with salt
THE Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii, has advised members of the public to disregard rumours purporting that salt can cure complication resulting from the Ebola virus.
While urging the public to stop listening to rumours of an Ebola cure, Dr Orhii said there was no known cure for the deadly virus at the moment and advised members of the public to embrace strict personal hygiene by
THE Chairman of Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) should apologise to his party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over unsavoury comments made by leaders of the APC on Ekiti and Osun governorship polls.
Ogundipe said in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, that the APC as a party should also apologise to President Goodluck Jonathan, whom he described as â€œa fighter and supporter of credible polls.â€
THE Department of State Security Service (DSS) on Wednesday clarified that none of the suspects arrested by its operatives during the last Saturdayâ€™s governorship election in Osun State was still in its custody as being claimed by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, made the clarification on a radio live programme monitored in Abuja on Wednesday by the Nigerian Tribune.
According to Ogar, â€œthey are not telling the truth. There is no
AS the preparations for the 2015 general elections increases, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled the second phase of the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to take place from tomorrow and end on Sunday.
According to a statement from the Commission, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja, the three-day exercise would take place in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The states include Yobe and Bauchi (North East); Jigawa
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in Lagos State have rolled out a 10-point plan designed to form the next government in the state.
Part of the action plan is to frustrate any attempt from any quarters to impose candidates on the party for all elective offices, including governorship.
Acting under the aegis of Lagos patriots, the leaders of the movement said the PDP was determined to avoid those pitfalls that paved the way for the All Progressive Congress (APC) to control the state since
Ekiti State Government has commenced the enforcement of its Prohibition of Smoking Law (2012) with a public presentation of rules, regulating smoking in public places.
Presenting the prohibition of smoking in public places rules in Ado Ekiti, the State Commissioner for Environment, Dr Eniola Ajayi stressed that the law was not enacted to punish smokers but to protect non-smokers from tobacco fumes and its attendant diseases.
Dr Ajayi said that employers of labour as well as managements of hotels