Violence in Africa -
  • 'Peace in Niger Delta spurs investments'
    17 december 2009 13:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The relative peace in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region, due to the success of the government's amnesty programme, has led to a resurgence in the level of investments in the re gion. Full text...

  • Nigerian military destroys 600 illegal oil refineries
    15 december 2009 16:37:00
    Yenagoa- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military has said it identified and destr oyed 600 illegal oil refineries in Ogoni-speaking area of the South-South Rivers State. Full text...

  • Kenya wants Guantanamo detainee freed, family seeks damages
    11 december 2009 16:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has asked for the return of a 'ter ror suspect', Abdulmalik Mohammed, who has been held at the dreaded Guantanamo B a y detention facility since 2007, as his family has sought compensation for his ' i llegal detention'. Full text...

  • UN official wants end to discrimination
    11 december 2009 15:35:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Navi Pi llay, Thursday called for an end to discrimination. Full text...

  • Slain Gambian journalist remembered
    11 december 2009 15:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Family members and friends of Deyda Hydara, the slain Ga mbian journalist, plan to commemorate the fifth year of the killing of the forme r managing editor of the Banjul-based Point Newspaper, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council calls for measures to check drug trafficking
    09 december 2009 17:01:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has called for greater internation al cooperation in fighting drug trafficking. Full text...

  • Nigeria police deny engaging in unlawful killings
    09 december 2009 13:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Police said Wednesday it had begun investiga tions into allegations by global human rights group Amnesty International (AI) that its officers are ca rrying out unlawful killings in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya police nab man with 80,000 bullets
    08 december 2009 18:30:00
    Nairobi (Kenya) PANA -- Police in Kenya have arrested a man who was armed with a bout 80,000 bullets and other assorted military weaponry, PANA reported from her e Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria opposition condemns killing of police officers in fracas
    08 december 2009 14:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress (AC) party Tue sday condemned what it called the 'bestial killing' of a senior police officer and his two aides during Saturday's fracas between youths and a vigilance group in Ijebu-Ife community in South-west Nigeria. Full text...

  • Lagos gov. launches 2 helicopters to fight crime (Corrected)
    08 december 2009 12:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Babatunde Fashola of Nigeria's South West Lagos State, on Monday said his administration was determined to outspend, outrun and overwhelm the competition offered by criminals in the state. Full text...

  • Lagos gov. launches 412 helicopters, promises to outrun criminals
    08 december 2009 12:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Babatunde Fashola of Nigeria's South West Lagos State, on Monday said his administration was determined to outspend, outrun and overwhelm the competition offered by criminals in the state. Full text...

  • AU, international community condemn Mogadishu blast
    04 december 2009 11:21:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) a nd a host of other organisations and countries Friday joined the growing list of those condemning the deadly suicide bombing that killed offi cials of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, students, journalists, and other civilians in Mogadishu Thursday. Full text...

  • NUSOJ confirms death of 3rd journalist in Mogadishu blast
    04 december 2009 11:14:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ ) Friday confirmed the death of a third journalist, Yaasir Mario, following Thur s dayâ?s suicide attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, which claimed nearly 50 lives, incl uding three government ministers. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns killing of journalists in Mogadishu terrorist blast
    04 december 2009 08:19:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The International Federation of the Journalists (IFJ) has strongly condemned the murder of Somali journalist Mohamed Amin Adan Abdulle, a reporter with Radio Sha belle and Hassan Zubeyr Haji Hassan, a cameraman working with Al-Arabia TV, both killed Thursday in a bomb attack on a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Somalia
    04 december 2009 05:20:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attack at a graduation ceremony of medical students in Mogadishu, Somalia. Full text...

  • African civil society in fresh effort to eradicate small arms
    02 december 2009 19:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A cross-section of the African civil society, int ernational humanitarian organisations, the African Union (AU) and the UN are to c onvene an international meeting to discuss the possibility of having a new treat y aimed at boosting the fight against small arms and light weapons, organisers sa i d here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Uncertainty over fate of Spanish hostages in Mauritania
    02 december 2009 13:54:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The fate of three Spaniards - two men and a woma n working for a Catalan NGO - who were kidnapped Sunday on the Nouadhibou-Nouakc h ott road in Mauritania, was still shrouded in uncertainty, observers noted in th e Mauritanian capital. Full text...

  • 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...

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