Society - Crime
  • Togo: FBI agents train Togolese security forces on how to investigate organized crimes
    27 august 2014 15:34:51
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Several Togolese security forces are currently being trained in Lomé by experts from the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on investigation into organized crime, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International footage implicates Nigerian military in war crimes
    05 august 2014 14:33:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Global human rights body Amnesty International has said that gruesome video footage, images and testimonies which it gathered provide fresh evidence of war crimes, including extrajudicial executions and other serious human rights violations, being carried out in North-eastern Nigeria as the fight by the military against Boko Haram and other armed groups intensifies. Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt dismantles 56 armed groups
    24 july 2014 08:26:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Public Security Ministry has announced the dismantling of 56 armed groups during the first quarter of 2014 in different parts of the country, PANA reported from here Thursday Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. condemns mass crimes perpetrated on Gaza civilians
    22 july 2014 16:13:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien government on Tuesday strongly condemned "the mass crimes" perpetrated against the defenceless civilian populations in Gaza, says a statement issued by the ministry of foreign affairs, Cooperation, African integration and Nigeriens living abroad. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 Formula 1 drivers step up "Turn Back Crime" campaign
    03 july 2014 16:54:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two of the world’s best known Formula 1 racing drivers – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – have added their voices to the "Turn Back Crime" campaign, Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Police arrest 4 smugglers from Guinea-Bissau
    21 june 2014 09:10:39
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Cape Verde police said Friday they have arrested four people from Guinea-Bissau and seized an important quantity of medicines and cigarettes following two raids in the capital, Praia. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police impound ivory consignment
    05 june 2014 08:29:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police in Kenya's port city of Mombasa have impounded a consignment of ivory worth millions of shillings. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ruling party slams Cameron's demand for release of apostasy convict
    03 june 2014 11:13:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has strongly condemned what it termed the intervention by British Prime Minister David Cameron in the case of the Sudanese woman who was convicted of apostasy. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Two Cameroonians arrested for swindling
    21 may 2014 08:54:03
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Two Cameroonians who proposed to their victims the idea of multiplying their money in a short period of time have been arrested in Mauritius, PANA learnt from police sources Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Imminent extradition to SA of UK businessman accused of murder
    18 march 2014 12:10:15
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - British businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife while on honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010, is fast running out of options to prevent his extradition to South Africa which now appears to be imminent. Full text...

  • Togo: Four killed in clashes between police and fuel smugglers
    17 march 2014 21:25:40
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Clashes between a patrol team of the national police service and a group of fuel smugglers around the city of Bassar, northwest Togo, have killed four people, including the Commander of the brigade of the local gendarmerie, an official statement published in the newspapers said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police rescue Pres. Jonathan's kidnapped relation
    13 march 2014 14:42:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police have rescued the kidnapped relation of President Goodluck Jonathan, the online Nigerian newspaper, Premium Times, reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Belgium: Moroccan 'gangster' arrested in Belgium
    12 march 2014 17:39:53
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A Moroccan national, Hassan Belghi, who has been allegedly involved in robberies in the North African country, was arrested on Tuesday in Belgium, according to Belgian police. Full text...

  • Gambia: Two American citizens missing in Gambia
    10 march 2014 17:32:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The American Citizens Services office at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia, Monday announced that two American citizens are missing in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leading law enforcement experts to meet in SA
    08 march 2014 11:29:04
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Directors of Crime Stoppers International (CSI) meet this weekend in Cape Town with South African law enforcement agents with whom they will discuss global crime trends ahead of their annual conference to be held in South Africa later this year. Full text...

  • Rwanda: World police chiefs discuss cybercrime in Africa
    05 march 2014 16:52:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Some police officials from 40 countries across the world rose from a three-day annual general assembly of the International Association of police chiefs (IACP) here, agreeing to strengthen cooperation in the fight against cybercrime, money laundering, terrorism as well as the proliferation of light weapons, IACP said in a communique, obtained by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abductors of President's adopted father 'demands 500m naira'
    02 march 2014 09:27:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The abductors of a man who has been described variously as President Goodluck Jonathan's cousin, uncle and adopted father are insisting on their earlier demand of 500 million naira (US$2.9 million) before he can be released, the local Punch newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President's cousin kidnapped
    25 february 2014 08:43:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A cousin of Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has been kidnapped by gunmen in his hometown of Otuoke in the country's oil-rich Bayelsa state, the local Punch newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Partnership against international crime launched
    23 january 2014 13:30:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African Police Information System (WAPIS) Programme Office, a partnership initiative of the International Criminal Investigation Police Organisation (INTERPOL), ECOWAS and the European Union (EU), was officially launched in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city and seat of ECOWAS, Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Rwandan dissident 'murdered' in Johannesburg
    02 january 2014 08:01:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The former head of Rwandan military's external intelligence service has been found strangled in a luxury Johannesburg hotel. Full text...

  • UN Security Council concerned over growing threat of organised crime in W/Africa
    18 december 2013 19:40:58
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Wednesday said it was deeply concerned over the increasing links between drug trafficking and other forms of transnational-organised crime in West Africa. Full text...

  • Gunmen attack bullion van carrying 2m dinars in Libya
    05 december 2013 13:03:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Gunmen attacked a bullion van ferrying about 2 million dinars (US$1.58 million) in Sebha, southern part of Libya, Wednesday and escaped with the money meant for some branches of the "al-Sahari" bank, the Libyan information agency reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Terrorist arrested while preparing to attack targets in Niamey
    29 november 2013 15:51:43
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niger security services have arrested a man, Beidari Mouloud, who was preparing to launch a terrorist attack on two strategic sites in Niamey, capital of Niger. Full text...

  • Kidnappers seize father of ex-Super Eagles' player, demand N50m
    28 november 2013 09:03:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Kidnappers have seized the 83-year-old father of former Nigerian Super Eagles' player Chikelue Iloenyosi and demanded 50 million naira (US$314,000) for his release, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian military destroys 59 illegal refineries, arrests 7 suspects
    24 november 2013 20:15:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The military Joint Task Force (JTF) battling oil militants in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region on Sunday announced the destruction of 59 illegal refineries, seizure of 4 vessels and arrest of 7 suspects. Full text...

  • Two human skulls seized at Bujumbura airport
    30 october 2013 13:30:08
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A package containing two human skulls was intercepted Tuesday at the Bujumbura international airport in Burundi, PANA reported. Full text...

  • MEND says its ''auxiliary outfit'' kidnapped Americans off Nigeria coast
    25 october 2013 12:09:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's oil militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said its 'auxiliary outfit' was responsible for the kidnapping of two Americans off an oil supply vessel early Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill 3 policemen in Nigeria's economic capital city
    08 october 2013 19:57:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers Tuesday shot dead three policemen in Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos, the Commissioner of Police for the eponymous Lagos State said Full text...

  • Serious crimes on the rise in SA
    19 september 2013 11:34:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa Thursday presented a bleak picture of the crime situation in the country, with the release of the 2012/13 crime statistics. Full text...

  • 3 arrested over shooting of Malawi government corruption-busting official
    17 september 2013 19:32:54
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Police in Malawi have arrested three suspects over the shooting of a top government official who was on a corruption-busting crusade. Full text...

  • Malawi corruption-busting official shot, seriously wounded
    15 september 2013 14:19:36
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen Friday night shot and severely wounded a senior Malawi government official who is on a corruption-busting crusade. Full text...

  • South Africa police clamp down on drug dealers, users
    14 september 2013 13:52:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - More than 23,000 suspects have been arrested and drugs worth millions of dollars seized since a major anti-drug campaign was launched in South Africa three months ago. Full text...

  • Kidnapped top lawyer freed in Nigeria
    12 september 2013 12:42:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A top Nigerian lawyer who was kidnapped in the country's southern Edo state about three weeks ago has been freed unharmed, according to local media reports Thursday. Full text...

  • UN to hear plight of South Africa's farmers
    12 september 2013 07:56:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s lobby group AfriForum organisation said it had teamed up with the families of farm murder victims and would take a petition the United Nations to get Pretoria to address the 'crisis'. Full text...

  • No contact yet from abductors of Anglican cleric in Nigeria - Police
    10 september 2013 09:27:41
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - The police in Nigeria's oil rich Rivers state said the abductors of the dean of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Kattey, have yet to call or make any ransom demand, four days after he was kidnapped. Full text...

  • UN report says transnational organised crime on the rise in Eastern Africa
    05 september 2013 07:13:38
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report released Wednesday said organised criminal activities such as migrant smuggling, ivory trafficking and maritime piracy are increasingly becoming pressing threats in Eastern Africa and must be tackled through a range of measures both within the region and in the markets where illicit goods will end up. Full text...

  • 'Cameroonian woman buys Nigerian baby for US$7,300'
    23 august 2013 15:45:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A 42-year-old Cameroonian woman, Evelyn Atemkeng, has been arrested in Nigeria's southern city of Calabar for allegedly buying a three-day-old baby for 1.2 million naira (US$7,345), the local Vanguard newspaper reported Friday. Full text...

  • 4 abducted Thai nationals freed unharmed in Nigeria
    17 august 2013 09:23:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The four Thai nationals who were abducted by gunmen in Nigeria's oil rich Rivers state on 9 August have been freed unharmed, according to state police command spokesperson, Angela Agabe. Full text...

  • Crime rate decreases in Mauritius
    12 august 2013 18:36:32
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The level of crime rate as measured by total offences, decreased by 9 per cent between 2011 and 2012, mainly due to a considerable drop in theft (-14 pc), according to official statistics published Monday by Statistics Mauritius. Full text...

  • ICC expresses 'deep' concern on situation in Central African Republic
    07 august 2013 19:36:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday Full text...

  • ICC says Boko Haram committed crimes against humanity in Nigeria
    05 august 2013 17:43:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Full text...

  • South African Union leader accused of rape
    28 july 2013 08:48:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Leader of the powerful Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Mr. Zwelinzima Vavi, is scrambling to contain the fallout from the biggest sex scandal since President Jacob Zuma was charged with rape almost a decade ago. Full text...

  • Kidnapped Lebanese construction worker freed in Nigeria
    26 july 2013 10:33:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Lebanese construction worker, who was kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Benin City 8 July, has been freed unharmed by his abductors, the police said Friday. Full text...

  • Kidnapped British national freed in Nigeria
    22 july 2013 00:03:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The British national who was kidnapped after arriving at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos last Tuesday has been freed by the police. Full text...

  • Kidnappers of 3-year-old boy demand 10m Naira in Nigeria
    17 july 2013 14:10:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Kidnapping for ransom is getting more bizarre in Nigeria as the abductors of a three-year-old boy in the country's southern Delta state are demanding 10 million Naira (US$60,000) for his release. Full text...

  • 3 kidnapped National Youth Service Corps members freed in Nigeria
    08 july 2013 10:32:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police have rescued the three members of the country's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in the country's oil-rich Rivers State, who were abducted last week, the local media reported Monday, quoting the state police command. Full text...

  • 2 condemned robbers escape from court in Nigeria, re-arrested
    02 july 2013 08:56:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - There was pandemonium in a Nigerian court on Monday as two men who were sentenced to death for armed robbery ran out of the court shortly after the judgement was handed down, triggering a chase that ended with their re-arrest. Full text...

  • Gunmen abduct three National Youth Service Corps members in Nigeria
    30 june 2013 11:56:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen have abducted three members of Nigeria's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in the country's oil-rich Rivers State, the local media reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • Xenophobic violence flares again in SA
    28 may 2013 10:59:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Tensions are running high in the sprawling Diepsloot informal settlement north of Johannesburg, South Africa, following a resurgence up of xenophobic violence in the country. Full text...

  • Six ritualists, including a mayor, arrested in Congo
    27 may 2013 14:50:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Six persons, including Simeon Mobonde, the Mayor of Ouesso, in the northern part of Congo, have been arrested for their involvement in ritual crimes committed in 2011, police sources told PANA here Monday. Full text...

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