Violence in Africa -
  • Octogenarian jailed 10 years for rape in Zimbabwe
    24 november 2009 11:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An 88-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years by a Z imbabwe court after being convicted of raping his teenage niece. Full text...

  • IMO calls for cooperation against piracy
    24 november 2009 07:43:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has stressed the need to strengthen cooperation and coordination to fight piracy on Indian O c ean. Full text...

  • Gunmen abduct two children in Nigeria's oil region
    23 november 2009 11:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two young siblings were abducted by unknown gunmen as th ey were being taken to school Monday in the oil city of Port Harcourt, the lates t in a worsening abduction-for-ransom saga that started in the restive Niger Delt a oil region and has now spread to other parts of the country. Full text...

  • Robbers kill 3 policemen in Nigeria bank robbery
    21 november 2009 09:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Armed robbers shot dead three policemen during a bank ro bbery at Ibillo in Nigeria's Midwest Edo State, local newspapers reported Saturday. Full text...

  • 11 ex-militants arraigned in court in Nigeria after riot
    20 november 2009 08:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Eleven former militants who went on rampage Monday in so uthern Rivers state, over the delay in the payments of their allowances, have been charged to court f or robbery, rioting and disorderly behaviour, the police said Friday. Full text...

  • UN envoy visits Sudan to assess status of child soldiers
    16 november 2009 17:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- UN Special Envoy for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhi ka Coomaraswamy, has embarked on a week-long visit to Sudan, on the invitation o f the government, to assess the status of children, including those serving as ch i ld soldiers. Full text...

  • Nigeria's oil production rises to 2.4mpd
    16 november 2009 10:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the first time in over three years, Nigeria's oil pr oduction has peaked at 2. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President 'meets' MEND's team
    15 november 2009 11:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said on Sunday the first formal talks between its â?Aaronâ? team and Nigeri a's President Umaru Yar'Adua were held in the capital city of Abuja on Saturday. Full text...

  • Crime in SA is most violent worldwide, admits Jacob Zuma
    13 november 2009 08:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday acknowledged that crime in South Africa was the most violent in the world. Full text...

  • Nigeria police 'arrest' kidnappers of ex-apex bank boss' dad
    12 november 2009 12:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police said they have arrested the suspected kidnappers of Pa Simeon Soludo,father of the immediate past governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Full text...

  • ICC appoints judges to probe Kenya poll-violence suspects
    07 november 2009 12:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) has appointed thr ee judges to establish whether to commence investigations on the key masterminds of the 2008 post-poll violence in Kenya which claimed 1,300 lives. Full text...

  • Kidnapped father of ex-Nigerian apex bank boss 'freed for 10m Naira'
    05 november 2009 22:18:00
    آ Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The kidnapped father of the immediate past Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor Charles Soludo was freed after the family paid a 10 mi l lion naira (about US$70,000) ransom, the private Vanguard newspaper reported on i ts website Thursday night, quoting sources close to the family. Full text...

  • Kenya's outlawed militia spokesman shot dead
    05 november 2009 17:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The spokesman of Kenya's outlawed militia, Mungiki, Njug una Gitau, was shot dead in Nairobi on Thursday afternoon by unknown gunmen. Full text...

  • Rwandan jails are of international standards, says Prison Official
    03 november 2009 18:58:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The eight convicts, sentenced by the Special tribunal on Sierra Leone (SCSL) and transferred last weekend to Rwanda to serve their sente n ces, are being held in good detention conditions according to international stan d ards, the General Manager of the Rwandan Prisons National Service (PNS), Mrs. Full text...

  • Zim court jails Mozambicans for arms
    30 october 2009 11:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A court in southern Zimbabwe Friday jailed four Mozamb ican nationals for illegally possessing weapons which they intended to use to commit armed robberies. Full text...

  • Kidnappers of Nigerian ruling party official's dad want 5b naira
    29 october 2009 12:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The unknown gunmen who kidnapped the 78-year-old father of former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and ruling party official, Char l es Soludo, are demanding 5 billion naira as ransom, the local press reported Thu r sday (US$1=150 Naira). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court imposes 53-year sentence on rapist
    26 october 2009 07:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean court, trying to stem rising rape cases, Monday imposed a stiff 53-year jail sentence on a man who raped three young girls and infected them with HIV. Full text...

  • MEND announces 'indefinite ceasefire'
    25 october 2009 11:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's main oil militants have announced an 'indefini te ceasefire', starting Sunday, to pave the way for peace negotiations with the f ederal government. Full text...

  • Okah urges MEND to halt Niger Delta attacks
    22 october 2009 09:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) lead er Henry Okah may have prevailed on Nigeria's main oil militants not to launch fresh attacks on oil facilities, in order to cr eate the necessary environment for the development of the region in the post-amnesty phase. Full text...

  • Nigerian opposition party seeks end to killings
    21 october 2009 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Against the background of the recent killing of a member of the National Youth Service Corps by yet unknown persons, Nigeria's opposition Action Congress (AC) party has urged the federal g overnment to take a decision step to end the ''growing culture of impunity in the country, characterised by the killing of innocent peo ple by hoodlums masquerading as ethnic or religious defenders''. Full text...

  • 'Nigeria lost US$3.2b in 3 years to Niger Delta violence'
    19 october 2009 11:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The long-drawn crisis in Nigeria's oil producing Niger D elta region cost Nigeria over US$1 billion every year between 2004 and 2007, the country's officials said . Full text...

  • Nigerian govt declares MEND 'enemies'
    18 october 2009 13:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has declared as enemies of the state members of the main oil militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • MEND announces 'resumption of hostilities'
    16 october 2009 07:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria oil region's main militants have announced the p lan to 'resume hostilities' from midnight Friday, in what could be a blow to the much-touted success of the amnesty granted repentant mili tants by the federal government. Full text...

  • ECOSAP seeks to check proliferation of light, small arms
    15 october 2009 10:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The director of ECOWAS Small Arms Control Programme (ECO SAP), Mohamed Lamine Coulibaly, has stressed the need to build the capacity of the national commissions in order to enhance the fight aga inst the proliferation of light and small arms in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Niger Delta: Shell, ELF want ECOWAS Court suit dismissed
    11 october 2009 12:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Oil firms Shell and Elf have asked the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to dismiss a suit instituted ag a inst them by non-governmental organisation Socio-Economic Rights and to econo m ic and social development â" as a consequence of the impact of oil-related pollu tion and environmental damage on agriculture and fisheries; oil spills and waste materials polluting water used for drinking and other domestic purposes; failure to secure the underlying determinants of health, including a healthy environment , and failure to enforce laws and regulations to protect the environment and prev e nt pollution. Full text...

  • Ex-militant says MEND incapable of launching fresh oil attacks
    11 october 2009 10:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government's amnesty programme, which round ed off 4 Oct. Full text...

  • Nigeria to screen repentant militants
    08 october 2009 16:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government is to screen the militants who h ave embraced the amnesty deal to determine whether or not they are genuine militants. Full text...

  • More than 8,000 militants embrace Nigeria amnesty
    08 october 2009 13:42:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 8,299 militants embraced the Nigerian government's amnesty programme for oil militants, which ended 4 Oct. Full text...

  • 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...

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