Society - Crime
  • Italian doctor's abductors demand ransom in Darfur
    15 december 2011 17:08:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The abductors of an Italian doctor, seized about two months ago in Darfur region, western Sudan, have demanded a ransom of 500,000 Sudanese pounds (about US$ 180,000) for his release. Full text...

  • South African drug mule awaits fate in Thailand
    15 december 2011 07:59:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The young South African woman who was caught with drugs at Thailand's Bangkok airport on Monday, Nolubabalo Nobanda, is expected to know her fate within the next few days. Full text...

  • Trial of suspected killers of 39 persons opens in Bujumbura
    09 december 2011 15:07:18
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The trial of 21 suspected killers of 39 persons on 19 September in Gatumba, a tourist city near Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, began Friday, according to a PANA report which indicated that statements by several defendants in the case held the public spellbound. Full text...

  • Former South African top cop wheeled to prison to start 15-yr jail term
    05 december 2011 17:07:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, was Monday driven into the Pretoria Central Prison medical facility in an ambulance to start a 15-year jail term. Full text...

  • AfriForum blasts ANC on farm murders in SA
    30 november 2011 11:02:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The civil rights organisation AfriForum has appealed to the international community to condemn, in the strongest terms, the crisis proportions that farm murders have reached in South Africa. Full text...

  • Police arrest suspected killers of Italian, Croatian nun in Burundi
    29 november 2011 16:13:57
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundi National Police have arrested two suspected killers of an Italian charity worker and a Croatian nun Monday in Ngozi, a province in northern Burundi, security sources told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Two Italians killed, another injured in northern Burundi
    28 november 2011 19:23:05
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Two Italian nationals were killed and another injured in separate attacks by unidentified armed men on Sunday night in Ngozi, a province in northern Burundi, the Burundian press agency said (ABP) said on Monday quoting local government sources. Full text...

  • Survey reveals crime concerns in South Africa
    25 november 2011 09:06:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A third of South Africans are so afraid of being attacked by criminals that they will not walk alone in open places, according to the latest survey released by Stats South Africa on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian state devices novel measure to curb crime
    23 november 2011 11:05:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's economic powerhouse Lagos state has warned that owners of buildings housing criminal elements will lose such property to the state, in a novel move to curb crime in the state. Full text...

  • 2 soldiers, 2 policemen, child killed in 2 Nigerian cities
    20 november 2011 10:05:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - No fewer than five people, including a child and two soldiers have been killed in separate shootings and bomb blasts in Nigeria's north eastern Borno and north central Kogi states, local media reported here Sunday. Full text...

  • Dakar to host sub-regional seminar on Cyber Crime
    19 november 2011 13:40:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A seminar, aimed at strengthening capacities for the fight against cyber crime in the areas of terrorism and religious extremism, will open on Monday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, according to a statement from the German Embassy here. Full text...

  • Former Nigerian Olympian arrested for murder in South Africa
    17 november 2011 12:54:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African police have confirmed the arrest of a former Nigerian Olympic athlete, Ambrose Monye, for the murder of a Pretoria mother, an event which sent shock waves around South Africa. Full text...

  • EU congratulates Cape Verde for ratifying Rome Statute on ICC
    26 october 2011 16:24:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has congratulated Cape Verde for ratifying the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill Nigerian journalist
    23 october 2011 09:00:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have killed a journalist with the state-run Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in Maiduguri, capital of the country's northern Borno state, the private Leadership newspaper reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritius install surveillance cameras to check crime
    21 october 2011 11:23:43
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian authorities have set up surveillance cameras in key cities in an effort to battle crime and help control vehicular traffic, sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Gunmen attack ExxonMobil vessel in Nigeria, kidnap one
    18 october 2011 13:45:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen numbering about 16 have attacked an ExxonMobil supply ship in Nigeria and abducted the captain, company sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian police impound more than one tonne of cocaine
    10 october 2011 22:01:50
    Praia, Cape-Verde (PANA) – Cape Verde's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Sunday impounded in Praia more than one tonne of cocaine in an operation which took a full day to conduct in some districts of the capital. Full text...

  • Suspected armed robbers kill 19 in Nigerian village
    02 october 2011 16:46:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suspected armed robbers on a reprisal attack killed 19 people, including women and children, and injured seven in Ligyado village in Nigeria's northern Zamfara state Saturday, the private Sunday Trust newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Nigerian security agents free kidnapped Filipino, 5 Nigerians
    29 september 2011 18:38:11
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian security officials Thursday rescued a Filipino and five Nigerians from kidnappers in the early hours of the day, according to the southern Rivers state government. Full text...

  • Crime rates among South African girls rising - Gender advocate
    23 september 2011 22:33:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number of girls in South African jails is rising faster than the population of boy criminals. Full text...

  • Nigerian army dismisses soldier over Mikel Obi's father's abduction
    23 september 2011 10:37:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has dismissed one of the two soldiers implicated in the abduction of footballer John Mikel Obi's father last month. Full text...

  • Two suspected Boko Haram members shot in Nigeria
    01 september 2011 15:31:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Armed soldiers Thursday shot two suspected members of the violent Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram, in the northern state of Adamawa, the military said. Full text...

  • Nigerian military arrests 15 for operating illegal refineries
    25 august 2011 11:42:58
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said it had arrested 15 men for running illegal refineries in different parts of the country's oil rich Rivers state. Full text...

  • Armed groups attack police station, gas pipeline in Egypt
    30 july 2011 20:36:24
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egyptian military Saturday arrested 12 people in connection with the attack on a police station in Al-Arish in Northern Sinai late Friday. Full text...

  • Malawi police arrest South African national with cocaine
    27 july 2011 20:18:47
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Police at Malawi's main Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) have arrested a South African national who was found with an undisclosed quantity of cocaine. Full text...

  • Kikwete condemns mass killings in Norway
    27 july 2011 17:16:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has condemned the mass killings that shook Norway on Friday and wished survivors of the terrorist attack to get well soon. Full text...

  • Gambian appointed Director of Sub-regional crime body
    18 july 2011 19:05:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Abdul Jobe, the Director of Youth Crime Watch in the Gambia, has been named Regional Director for West Africa, PANA reported here Monday, quoting a statement from the Youth Crime Watch office in Banjul, the Gambia. Full text...

  • Abducted daughter of Nigeria's electoral official freed
    03 july 2011 13:46:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The abducted 11-year-old daughter of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Nigeria's southern Rivers state has been freed unharmed, the father said Sunday. Full text...

  • Armed gangs kill 50 in one year in Niger
    23 june 2011 14:16:01
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Over 50 people have been killed in 27 attacks by armed bandits in the past one year in the northwestern Niger, on the border with Mali, Niger's government said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN, partners to fight drug trafficking, crimes in West Africa
    20 june 2011 18:17:39
    New York, US (PANA) UN officials, government ministers and representatives of Interpol on Monday pledged to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in West Africa, which has become a key transit point for the shipment of cocaine from Latin America to Europe. Full text...

  • Abductors of youth corpers reduce ransom in Nigeria
    16 june 2011 10:00:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Gunmen who abducted five members of Nigeria's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in southern Rivers State last week have reduced the ransom from 100 million naira to 10 million naira (US$1=150 Naira), the police said. Full text...

  • Nigerien soldier killed in clash with gunmen
    14 june 2011 14:11:11
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - A Nigerien soldier was killed and six others wounded in a clash Monday between a military patrol team and a group of gunmen in three vehicles in the mining town of Arlit, 1,300 km north of Niamey, the Department of National Defence announced here. Full text...

  • ICC sets new date for hearing charges against DRC rape suspect
    31 may 2011 15:32:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) Tuesday set 17 August, 2011, for the hearing of charges against Rwandan national, Callixte Mbarushimana, accused of rape and murder in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Four Maghreb countries meet on transborder crimes
    20 may 2011 23:00:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Four Maghreb countries on Friday held a meeting in Bamako during which they discussed terrorism and trans-border crime in the region. Full text...

  • ICC concludes war crimes trial of DRC ex-rebel leader
    20 may 2011 18:56:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has closed the presentation of evidence in a case in which former Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga is facing charges of enlisting child soldiers to fight in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • ICC probes crimes against humanity in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 may 2011 17:00:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday said that it would open investigations into crimes committed in Cote d’Ivoire during the recent political impasse in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria's joint task force warns community leaders against harbouring militants
    16 may 2011 18:01:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Joint Task Force (JTF) has intensified efforts at ridding the oil-rich Niger Delta region of activities of militants, warning "leaders of riverine communities of the risk in providing safe-heaven for people who constitute clear and present threat to the stability of the nation." Full text...

  • Police confirm death of two in Nigeria bomb blast
    15 may 2011 12:45:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The police command in Nigeria's northern state of Borno has confirmed the killing of two persons in a bomb blast that rocked the capital city of Maiduguri this weekend. Full text...

  • Two expatriates kdnapped in Nigeria
    13 may 2011 18:01:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two expatriates, working for a construction firm in Birni Kebbi, capital of Nigeria's northern Kebbi state, have been kidnapped from their company guest house, the police said Friday. Full text...

  • ANC's women's league responds to scourge of 'corrective rape' in SA
    10 may 2011 09:45:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Women's League of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANCWL) on Tuesday described “corrective rape” as a "heartless and senseless" discrimination against lesbians. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes trial of 2 Rwandans for crimes in DRC
    05 may 2011 15:08:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Margot Wallstrom, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Thursday welcomed the commencement of a trial in Germany of two Rwandans, accused of ordering massacres and mass rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Man charged in Nigeria for killing Spaniard
    04 may 2011 08:26:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A 21-year-old Nigeria, Rafael Maduabuchi Ikechukwu, has been arraigned in court for allegedly killing a Spanish doctor, Antonio Gavarro, at a Lagos hotel 19 April, 2011. Full text...

  • Robbers kill 3 policemen in Lagos
    25 april 2011 10:07:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Armed robbers fleeing with four stolen vehicles Sunday shot dead a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, the police said. Full text...

  • UNODC calls for global action against online abuse of children
    11 april 2011 15:30:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, on Monday called for concerted global action to combat online child abuse, saying "the cyber crime is growing rapidly as more people gain access to the Internet. Full text...

  • 'No serving Youth Corper died in Nigeria bombing'
    10 april 2011 10:07:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In a pleasant twist to Friday's bombing of an electoral office in Suleja, Nigeria's northern Niger State, authorities of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have denied widespread media reports that many corps members died in the blast, which claimed 14 lives and left about 50 injured. Full text...

  • Jonathan condemns 'mindless bomb attack' at Suleija Electoral Commission office
    08 april 2011 20:17:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria has condemned Friday evening's bomb attack of the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Suleija, Niger State that has claimed several lives and urged Nigerians to turn out in their numbers to vote to put the perpetrators to shame. Full text...

  • Senatorial candidate kidnapped in Nigeria, two days to poll
    07 april 2011 22:09:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Senatorial candidate of the opposition Labour Party (LP) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Kayode Ajulo, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen, two days to the National Assembly (parliamentary) poll, his party chairman announced on Thursday night. Full text...

  • Police rescue kidnapped MP in Nigeria
    05 april 2011 11:04:53
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police Tuesday announced the rescue of a member of the federal House of Representatives (parliament), Mr. Emma Deeyah, who was kidnapped by gunmen in his hometown of Gwara in southern Rivers State on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian presidential candidate remanded in prison over dud cheques
    03 april 2011 10:34:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Chief Magistrate Court in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja has ordered the presidential candidate of the United National Party for Development (UNPD), Mrs. Ebiti Ndok, to be remanded in prison custody till 19 April for issuing dud cheques to the tune of 1.5 million naira (about US$10,000) to two hotels in the city Full text...

  • Czech high-profile fugitive arrested in South Africa
    25 march 2011 09:34:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Czech fugitive, Radovan Krejcir, handed himself over to the South Africa's Hawks crime-fighting unit in Johannesburg during the early hours of Friday, according to Police spokesperson McIntosh Polela. Full text...

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