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  • Nigerian amnesty nets highest number of surrendered arms, ammunition to date
    22 august 2009 18:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 60-day amnesty programme initiated by the Nigerian government Saturday recorded the highest number of arms and ammunition surrender e d in one day, when seven key militants gave up a total of 520 assorted guns, 95, 9 70 rounds of ammunition and 14 gunboats. Full text...

  • MEND alleges discrimination in amnesty programme
    21 august 2009 08:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has alleged there is discrimination in the federal government's amnesty programme for repentant oil militants. Full text...

  • More oil militants embrace Nigerian amnesty
    20 august 2009 20:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- More Nigerian oil militants Thursday embraced the govern ment's 60-day amnesty, as 65 militants from various groups surrendered their arm s and ammunition to the government in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers state. Full text...

  • Nigeria repatriates Islamic sect members
    19 august 2009 08:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The repatriation of illegal immigrants among the 3,500 m embers of the Islamist sect Darul-Islam, which was dislodged by security agencie s from its camp in Mokwa, in Nigeria's northern Niger state at the weekend, have b egun, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Angry Niger Delta youths 'kill' Nigerian soldier in reprisal attack
    19 august 2009 08:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Youths in a community in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil regio n, angered by the alleged killing of a civilian by soldiers, have attacked the army unit it perceived to be responsible for the att ack, killing a soldier and making away with his rifle, according to oil militants. Full text...

  • I was kidnapped by unemployed graduates - Nigerian actor
    18 august 2009 19:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Popular Nigerian actor Pete Edochie, freed Monday night by the gunmen who kidnapped him a day earlier, has identified his kidnappers as ' 'young graduates who did not have employment and were looking for how to survive ' '. Full text...

  • Kidnapped Nigerian actor freed
    18 august 2009 13:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Kidnapped Nigerian actor Pete Edochie has been freed unh armed, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kidnappers of Nigerian actor demand 10m naira, actors protest
    18 august 2009 09:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The unknown gunmen who kidnapped one of Nigeria's top actors, Pete Edochie, Sunday have demanded a ransom of 10 million naira (US$66,000), as the country's actors were expected to stage a protest march against the abduction. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. to brief foreign diplomats on amnesty
    17 august 2009 21:36:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Defence Minister, Maj. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. to brief foreign diplomats on amnesty offer to militants
    17 august 2009 19:37:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Defence Minister, Maj. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. to brief foreign diplomats on amnesty
    17 august 2009 19:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Defence Minister, Maj. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. to brief foreign diplomats on amnesty
    17 august 2009 19:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Defence Minister, Maj. Full text...

  • Popular actor, Pete Edochie, kidnapped in Nigeria (Corrected)
    17 august 2009 08:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three persons were feared killed as unknown gunmen kidna pped popular 'Nollywood' star Pete Edochie in Onitsha, Anambra state in Nigeria's South-east, the local media reported Mond ay. Full text...

  • Nigeria police raid Islamic sect camp, dislodge 3,500 members
    16 august 2009 13:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police, acting on orders from the presidency , Saturday raided the camp of suspected Islamic fundamentalist sect 'Darullslam' in Mokwa, northern Niger state, and dislodged its over 3,500 inhabitants without casualty, the private Punch newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Abducted monarch freed in Niger Delta
    15 august 2009 08:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A traditional ruler in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Del ta has been set free by soldiers who abducted him in June, according to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND ). Full text...

  • Key militant surrenders weapons in Nigeria
    14 august 2009 17:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A key Nigerian oil militant surrendered his weapons to t he authorities Thursday, the ninth of a 60-day amnesty granted the militants by the federal government. Full text...

  • Gas pipeline attack worsens power supply in Nigeria
    14 august 2009 12:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown persons have attacked the Shell-operated Utorogu gas pipeline in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region, cutting off gas supply to power plants in the country. Full text...

  • Burundi security forces uncover arms cache in Rural Bujumbura
    12 august 2009 23:33:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) â" The Burundian authori-ties have uncovered a cache o f arms in Rural Bujumbura province, the governor, Zenon Ndaruvukanye, said in We d nesday. Full text...

  • UN official says southern Sudan facing humanitarian perfect storm
    12 august 2009 19:41:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Southern Sudan , Lise Grande, on Wednesday described the situation in southern Sudan as a "huma n itarian perfect storm'', with 40 per cent of the population at real risk. Full text...

  • 'Presidential panel is in direct talks with militant leaders'
    12 august 2009 19:25:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Honorary Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta, Mr. Full text...

  • Thousands displaced by LRA rebels
    12 august 2009 19:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 12,000 civilians have been forced from their h omes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following a wave of attacks b y the rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Full text...

  • Niger Delta women threaten 'kitchen strike' to press for peace
    11 august 2009 10:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Women in Nigeria's restive but oil-rich Niger Delta regi on have threatened to down their cooking utensils unless the developmental problems in the region are addressed urgently. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns attack on Ghanaian Ambassador to Guinea
    10 august 2009 20:23:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Commission has condemned elements of the Guin ean Security Forces for the 'unprovoked' attack on the Ambassador of Ghana to Gu i nea, Dominic Ezoa Aboagye, on 8 August. Full text...

  • Armed youths blow up Shell gas pipeline in Nigeria
    10 august 2009 14:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some armed youths in Nigeria's oil-rich Delta state vent ed their anger at the federal government and some oil firms by blowing up a Shell gas pipeline with dynamites at the week end, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Amnesty for Nigeria oil militants takes off (Corrected)
    06 august 2009 11:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 60-day amnesty granted to willing Nigerian oil milit ants by the federal government took off Thursday, but uncertainty surrounds the process. Full text...

  • MEND denies involvement in cash for arms deal
    05 august 2009 08:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has denied involvement in the reported cash for arms deal being proposed by some militant groups in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region as part of the government's amnesty offer billed to take effe c t Thursday. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua's amnesty to N/Delta militants takes effect Thursday
    04 august 2009 20:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 60-day presidential amnesty proclaimed by Nigerian P resident Umaru Musa Yara?Adua for the militants in the Niger Delta zone of the c ountry takes effect from Thursday. Full text...

  • Poll violence: US, UK rap Kenya
    04 august 2009 17:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US on Tuesday criticised Kenya for failing to form a special tribunal to try suspects in the 2007 election violence, hours before a v isit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua orders investigation into Boko Haram violence
    04 august 2009 14:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yara?Adua has ordered an inve stigation into the Boko Haram violence to determine what precipitated it, the role of security agencies and the killing the leader of the sect, Mohammed Yusuf. Full text...

  • Armed robbers attack MEND leader, snatches car
    04 august 2009 09:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have attacked Henry Okah, leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), 20 days after he was freed from incarceration on the str ength of a government amnesty, the private Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian state governors move to stem sectarian violence
    04 august 2009 08:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Smarting from days of violence that left 780 people dead and displaced thousands, Governors of the 19 states in the predominantly-Muslim northern Nigeria have announced measures aimed at stemm ing worsening sectarian violence in the area. Full text...

  • UN expresses concern over violence in Southern Sudan
    03 august 2009 20:03:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed conce rn over the 2 August attack in Akobo, Jongeli State, Southern Sudan, which claim e d 185 people, including women, children and soldiers. Full text...

  • '11 churches burnt in Maiduguri violence'
    03 august 2009 15:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 11 churches were burnt in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state, during the four-day violence blamed on the fundamentalist Islamic sect Boko Haram (Western education is taboo) last week, according to Christian officials in the city. Full text...

  • Nigerian Islamic sect leaders 'trained in Algeria, Afghanistan'
    02 august 2009 09:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Several members of Boko Haram, the Islamic sect blamed f or the violence that swept across five states in northern Nigeria last week, wer e trained in Algeria in the last three years while the sect got its arms from Afg h anistan, the private Nation newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Death toll in violence that hit Nigerian state put at 700
    02 august 2009 07:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Authorities in Nigeria's northern Borno state have put t he death toll in the Islamic sect violence that hit the state capital, Maiduguri, last week at 700. Full text...

  • Police take stock of victims, calm returns to Nigerian state
    01 august 2009 11:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Calm was gradually returning to Maiduguri, the besieged capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state, Saturday as health workers cleared th e city of bodies of Islamic sect members and the police prepared to take stock of victims of the four-day gun battle between security agents and members of 'Boko H aram' sect. Full text...

  • Curfew relaxed in Borno as govt confirms death of sect leader
    31 july 2009 09:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The night-time curfew imposed on Nigeria's Borno state, in the wake of the violence that swept the northern part of the country this week, has been relaxed after th e state authorities confirmed the death of Muhammed Yusuf, the leader of the sect that is blamed for the violence. Full text...

  • Nigerian Islamic sect leader feared dead
    30 july 2009 21:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Muhammed Yusuf, the 39-year-old leader of the self-style d 'Nigerian Taliban' Islamic sect that has thrown the northern part of the count r y into chaos since Sunday, is feared dead, sources close to the police said Thur s day. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua urges all to stem spread of violence in Nigeria
    30 july 2009 18:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua on Thursday urged Stat e governors to mobilize traditional and religious leaders in their areas in a bi d to mount a campaign against the notorious 'Boko Haram sect, which has unleashed a wave of terror in the northern part of the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian military says Borno state 'cleared of Islamic sect members'
    30 july 2009 17:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military said Thursday its troops have tota lly dislodged members of the radical Islamic sect 'Boko Haram' from the sect's headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno state. Full text...

  • Death toll rises to over 400 as fighting continues in northern Nigeria
    30 july 2009 09:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian army soldiers continued their battle against the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in Maiduguri, the northern Borno state capital, Thursday, but sect leader Mohamm ed Yusuf is believed to have escaped with some followers. Full text...

  • Police kill 33 Islamists in fresh violence, fighting spreads in Nigeria
    29 july 2009 13:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 33 members of the radical Islamic sect, the sel f-styled 'Nigeria Taliban', were killed in northern Yobe state on Wednesday as s e curity forces continued to hunt down members of the sect, the police said. Full text...

  • Fate of Nigerian radical Islamists leader unknown after military operation
    29 july 2009 09:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military has destroyed the headquarters of the radical Islamist sect that has spread violence across the country's northern states, but the fate of the leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was y et known as at Wednesday morning. Full text...

  • Nigeria to root out radical Islamists
    28 july 2009 21:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Worried by the violence being perpetrated in the norther n part of the country by the self-styled Taliban Islamic group, Nigeria's President Umaru Yar’Adua said defence and security forces had been man dated to immediately launch a major operation in a section of the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, to root out the leader and remaining members of the sect. Full text...

  • UN chief unhappy over sectarian clashes in Nigeria
    28 july 2009 19:27:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed conce rn over reports of another round of sectarian violence in northern Nigeria, whic h has reportedly led to scores of deaths. Full text...

  • Malian govt. courts peace with northern rebels
    28 july 2009 14:33:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government, determined to restore total peace w ith armed rebel gangs in the northern part of the country, has made available 1. Full text...

  • Islamists violence: Nigerian President puts security agents on red alert
    27 july 2009 20:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar’Adua has ordered national security agencies to take all necessary action to contain and repel the 'sad and shocking attacks' by Islamists on police posts and public buildings in some states in the country's largely-Muslim north. Full text...

  • '100 Islamic sect members killed' in shootout with police in Nigeria
    27 july 2009 16:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the violence perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists s pread in Nigeria's largely-Muslim northern Nigeria, the police said Monday it had killed 100 members of the Boko Haram sect in north ern Borno state. Full text...

  • Police confirm 41 killed in clash with Islamic sect in Nigeria
    27 july 2009 15:48:00
    Bauchi- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police Monday confirmed that 41 persons wer e killed in clashes with members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram in the northern state of Bauchi on Sunday. Full text...

  • Police confirm 41 killed in clash with Islamic sect in Nigeria
    27 july 2009 12:03:00
    Bauchi- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police Monday confirmed that 41 persons were killed in clashes with members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram in the northern state of Bauchi on Sunday. Full text...

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