Violence in Africa -
  • 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...

  • 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...

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