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  • Nigerian govt amnesty nets 8,299 militants, 2,760 arms
    08 october 2009 11:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government's 60-day amnesty programme, whic h rounded off 4 Oct. Full text...

  • MEND 'to resume Niger Delta attacks' next week
    08 october 2009 09:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has vowed to resume attacks on oil facilities next week, ruining celebrations in government circles over the succes s of the just-concluded 60-day amnesty for oil militants. Full text...

  • 6 Gambian parliamentarians arrested, Police deny
    07 october 2009 17:19:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The majority leader of the Gambian House of Representati ves, Fabakry Tombong Jatta, Wednesday confirmed the arrest and detention of six m embers of the House, all from the same North Bank Region, saying that the legisl a tors were members of the ruling APRC. Full text...

  • 'Troops to remain in Nigeria's oil region after amnesty deal'
    06 october 2009 13:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The thousands of troops deployed to Nigeria's restive Ni ger Delta oil region are to remain there despite the acclaimed success of the government's amnesty programme, which rounded off on Sunday, government and defence officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt moves to rehabilitate repentant oil militants
    05 october 2009 17:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the amnesty granted Nigerian oil militants expired mi dnight Sunday, the country's federal government said it was moving to the next s t age, which involves the rehabilitation of the thousands of former militants and t he massive development of the impoverished oil region. Full text...

  • Group urges Nigerian govt to declare Niger Delta national emergency
    05 october 2009 07:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria [HURIWA] has called on the government to view the issue of physical and general infrastructural development of the Niger Delta oil region as a national emergency, saying sustainable peace is unrealisable when poverty is widespread in any community. Full text...

  • MEND "appoints new commanders" after amnesty deal
    04 october 2009 10:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the Nigerian government's amnesty deal ends at midnig ht on Sunday (4 Oct), the oil region's main militant group Movement for the Eman c ipation of Niger Delta (MEND) has announced the retirement of its overall field c ommander and appointed new commanders. Full text...

  • Key oil militant beats amnesty deadline in Nigeria
    04 october 2009 09:21:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahead of Sunday's (4 October) expiration of the 60-day d eadline for Nigeria's oil militants to embrace the government's amnesty deal, ke y militant Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo) on Saturday night signed on to the pro g ramme. Full text...

  • Key Nigerian militant, Ateke Tom, surrenders weapons
    03 october 2009 17:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two days after meeting with Nigeria's President Umaru Ya r'Adua in the capital city of Abuja to formally embrace the government's amnesty programme, key oil militant Ateke Tom has surrendered his weapons to the amnesty committee. Full text...

  • Ugandan troops kill unarmed people following tribal riots
    03 october 2009 12:41:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) â" American--based International Human Rights Watch (HRW) , citing a total of 13 cases, has accused the Ugandan security forces of killing unarmed civilians in tribal riots last month. Full text...

  • Key oil militant embraces amnesty in Nigeria
    01 october 2009 19:24:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- With just three days to the end of the 60-day amnesty pr ogramme for Nigerian oil militants, a key oil militant, Ateke Tom, has embraced t he programme, meeting President Umaru Yar'Adua in the capital city of Abuja Thur s day. Full text...

  • Ghana condemns bloody Guinea crackdown
    01 october 2009 18:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana on Thursday condemned Mondayâ?s bloody crackdown on demonstrators in the Guinean capital, Conakry, that claimed more than 150 lives and called on the military junta, led by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, to â?cease all acts of repression and respect the rights and liberties of Guineansâ?. Full text...

  • MFWA decries "mayhem" in Conakry
    01 october 2009 16:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Accra-based rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Thursday decried "the mayhem on Guineans", resulting in the killing of more than 150 civilians and the violent attack on "countless others, including 11 journalists on duty," the body said in a statement received here by PANA. Full text...

  • MFWA decries â?mayhemâ? in Conakry
    01 october 2009 15:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Accra-based rights body, Media Foundation for West A frica (MFWA), on Thursday decried â?the mayhem on Guineansâ?, resulting in the killing of more than 150 civilians and the violent attack on â?countless others, including 11 journalists on duty,â? the body said in a statement received here by PANA. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns violence in Guinea
    30 september 2009 20:54:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday expressed "utmost concern" over the violence in the West African state of Guinea, which has claimed more than 150 lives. Full text...

  • Kidnapped Nigerian state govt official freed
    30 september 2009 12:20:00
    Kaduna- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Secretary to the government of Kaduna state in Nort hern Nigeria, Mr. Full text...

  • MEND names Nobel Laureate, others to negotiate peace
    29 september 2009 07:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In perhaps the strongest indication yet that they are wi lling to embrace peace, Nigeria's main oil militants have named the country's on l y Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and three others to negotiate with the federal gov e rnment on how to end the violence in the oil region. Full text...

  • OSIWA holds round table on Gambia's proposal to ECOWAS
    28 september 2009 19:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA) Mond ay held a "round table" on the proposal made by the Gambian government "to amend the provisions concerning the jurisdiction of and access to ECOWAS Court of Just i ce" in Dakar, Senegal, with members of the civil society raising concerns over t h e move. Full text...

  • Burundian Education Minister deplores teachers' strikes
    28 september 2009 16:19:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi Minister of Primary and Secondary Educat ion, Ernest Nkeramihigo, here on Monday deplored the strike action by teachers, s aying they were mostly penalising the students. Full text...

  • Nigerian police kill 3 kidnappers, rescue 2 victims
    28 september 2009 11:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After nearly 45 minutes of a hot exchange of fire along the Port Harcourt-Aba expressway, in South South Nigeria, a police patrol team s u ccessfully killed three kidnappers and rescued two of their victims. Full text...

  • Gunman kills traditional ruler in Nigeria
    27 september 2009 09:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An unknown gunman has shot dead a prominent traditional ruler, Chief Badumeri Orime, in the Obio/Akpor local council in Nigeria's oil st a te of Rivers, the local press reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Repentant Nigeria oil militants protest non-payment of allowances
    25 september 2009 15:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the third time since the start of the 60-day amnesty programme for Nigerian oil militants began, repentant militants Friday staged a public demonstration in Yenagoa, capital of the oil state of Bayelsa, to protest alleged non-payment of their allowances. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean police battle WOZA protesters in Bulawayo
    22 september 2009 18:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Tuesday battled rioters in Bulawayo a s members of the leading pressure group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), continu e d marking the United Nations â?International Day of Peaceâ? with street protest s, PANA learnt here. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Kenyan govt to bring journalist's killer to justice
    22 september 2009 11:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged the Kenyan government to bring to justice the killers of journalist Francis Nyaruri, who was found decapitated with evidence of tortur e to his body 29 January in Kodera Forest, near his hometown of Nyamira. Full text...

  • Nigerian newspaper journalist, Bayo Ohu, shot dead
    20 september 2009 19:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Bayo Ohu, the deputy political editor of one of Nigeria' s foremost privately-owned newspapers, The Guardian, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in his Dopemu residence on the outskirts of Lagos early S unday, PANA reported, quoting the local media and sources close to the newspaper. Full text...

  • At least 10 Burundian soldiers killed in Somalia
    18 september 2009 11:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At last 10 Burundian soldiers were killed and severa l others wounded in Thursday's suicide attack on the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base near Mogadishu, S omalia, according to the spokesperson of the Burundian army, Maj. Full text...

  • 43 victims of northern Kenya banditry attack buried
    17 september 2009 15:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A sombre mood engulfed the remote northern Kenyan settle ment of Kanampio Thursday as survivors buried their dead relations following a d e vastating bandit attack Tuesday morning that claimed 43 lives and left scores of others critically injured. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt eyes dialogue with MEND
    17 september 2009 07:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government, delighted at the 30-day extensi on of the ceasefire deadline by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger D e lta (MEND), has indicated it may enter into dialogue with the main oil militants with the aim of resolving the Niger Delta crisis. Full text...

  • Manhunt on for raiders who massacred 34 in Northern Kenya
    16 september 2009 12:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya security personnel have launched a massive manhunt for armed raiders who Tuesday staged an early morning attack at a remote settle m ent in the Northern Kenya district of Samburu, leaving more than 34 people dead. Full text...

  • MEND extends ceasefire by 30 days
    16 september 2009 07:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's main oil militant group Movement for the Emanc ipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has extended, by 30 days, its 60-day, unilater a l ceasefire which ended midnight Tuesday, the group said in an online statement W ednesday. Full text...

  • Turkish national killed in Gambia
    15 september 2009 18:23:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian police have confirmed the killing of a Turki sh national, Serif Iseri, by a Gambian, Bubacarr Tunkara. Full text...

  • Top Al Qaeda operative 'killed' in Somali raid
    15 september 2009 11:08:00
    Mombasa- Kenya (PANA) -- A top Al Qaeda operative, wanted for years over the 1998 US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, was killed Monday in an air raid in Southern Somalia, where h e has been suspected of masterminding the ruthless attacks by the rag-tag forces in Somalia, Kenyan media reports said Tue sday. Full text...

  • Uncertainty as MEND's ceasefire expires
    15 september 2009 07:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The unilateral, 60-day ceasefire declared by Nigeria's m ain oil militants was due to expire Tuesday (15Sept), triggering fears of a rene w ed attack on the country's oil facilities. Full text...

  • Nigeria beefs up security ahead of MEND ceasefire expiration
    14 september 2009 11:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has beefed up security in t he Niger Delta ahead of Tuesday's expiration of the 60-day unilateral ceasefire declared by the region's largest militant gro up, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). Full text...

  • Death toll in Uganda riot now 14
    12 september 2009 19:29:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The death toll in the violence which rocked the Ugandan capital, Kampala, for the last three days is now 14, including a soldier, accor d ing to the Ugandan Inspector General of Police, Major General Kale Kayihura. Full text...

  • 4 die in Uganda riots - Police chief
    11 september 2009 11:49:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- As the riots by supporters of the dominant Buganda King dom in Uganda enters the second day Friday, the country's police chief, Maj. Full text...

  • Dozens feared dead in Kampala riots, Museveni seeks dialogue
    11 september 2009 10:06:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- As riots by supporters of Uganda's dominant Buganda kin gdom over its (kingdom) disagreement with the government continued in various pa r ts of the country, amid fears that dozens of lives may have been lost, President Yoweri Museveni has opted for dialogue to end the violence. Full text...

  • 6 die in Burkina Faso prison riot
    08 september 2009 12:27:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Six prisoners died have been confirmed dead i n Sunday evening's riot at the Koudougou prison (about 100km from Ouagadougou), the Burkinabe government 's information service said It also said seven prisoners were wounded were another seven escaped during the violence, triggered by the death of a prisoner who was ill. Full text...

  • 'Non-militants' responsible for protest over amnesty in Nigeria
    08 september 2009 12:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian authorities are blaming non-militants for the d emonstrations staged in Yenagoa, capital of Nigeria's oil-rich state of Bayelsa, Monday to protest the non-payment of allowances promised them for embracing the g overnment's amnesty programme for oil militants. Full text...

  • Six killed in Ghana ethnic violence
    07 september 2009 11:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Six persons have been confirmed dead in Bawku in the Upper East Region of Ghana, following violence that erupted on Sunday between the Mamprusi and Kusasi ethnic groups, who have been at each otherâ?s throat for decades. Full text...

  • Nigeria opposition dismisses govt's amnesty deal for militants
    06 september 2009 13:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's opposition Action Congress (AC) party Sunday d ismissed as a 'charade' and an 'agenda' by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( P DP) party the current amnesty deal for the country's oil militants by the federa l government. Full text...

  • UN calls for global efforts to end piracy
    05 september 2009 17:51:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN has called for global efforts to curb the rising ca ses of piracy along the Indian Ocean waters. Full text...

  • Another key Nigerian oil militant 'to embrace amnesty'
    04 september 2009 10:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A key Nigerian oil militant, Farah Dagogo, is expected t o embrace the government's amnesty programme in the next few days, the local press reported Friday, quoting his law yer. Full text...

  • Armed bandits attack 2 BRT buses in South Africa
    02 september 2009 10:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In what looked like a serious setback for Sout h Africaâ?s new multi-million rand Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, a policeman a nd a passenger were shot and wounded when the occupants of a minibus taxi opened fire on two BRT buses in Soweto on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Nigerian oil militant leader 'to sue Angolan govt'
    02 september 2009 07:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Henry Okah, leader of Nigeria's main militant group Move ment for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), is to sue the government of Angola for wrongful arrest and detenti on in the southern African nation, his lawyer, Femi Faland, said. Full text...

  • 'Nigerian govt will not extend amnesty for militants'
    01 september 2009 08:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government will not extend the 60-day amnes ty offer to the country's oil militants when it expires 6 October 2009, accordin g to President Umaru Yar'Adua. Full text...

  • Two international peacekeepers kidnapped in Darfur
    29 august 2009 13:37:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Two international peacekeepers with the African Union/U nited Nations Hybrid Operations in Darfur (UNAMID) were kidnapped in Sudan's Darfur region early Saturday, according to UN AMID spokesman Kemal Saiki. Full text...

  • Top Nigerian oil militant 'rejects' amnesty offer
    27 august 2009 08:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Contrary to claims by the Nigerian government, a top oil militant may have rejected the amnesty offered to Niger Delta militants by President Umaru Yar'Adua. Full text...

  • ICG warns of looming violence in Puntland
    24 august 2009 17:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned that if the self-declared government of Puntland does not enact meaningful reforms and r e ach out to all clans, the region that has so far enjoyed relative peace, may bre a k up violently, adding to the chaos in Somalia. Full text...

  • MEND dismisses government amnesty again, vows to fight on
    23 august 2009 08:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Apparently angered by the massive surrender of arms and ammunition in its backyard on Saturday, Nigeria's largest militant group has again dismissed the government's amnesty programme as a â?charadeâ?, while pledging more attacks against oil facilities in the Niger Delta oil region. Full text...

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