Society - Crime
  • 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...

  • Nigeria's anti-graft agency to address trans-border crimes
    24 march 2011 08:32:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, has said that problems associated with financial crimes along Nigeria's international borders in the north east Borno State, would soon be addressed, local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • SA Minister seeks probe of cadet's death
    17 march 2011 10:35:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele Thursday called on the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to leave no stone unturned in its investigation into the death of 19-year-old sea cadet Akhona Geveza, who was allegedly raped and thrown overboard a ship. Full text...

  • Angolan province issues criminal records online
    10 march 2011 16:03:36
    Mbanza Kongo, Angola (PANA) - The civil and criminal identification department in northern Zaire province of Angola has commenced the issuance of criminal record certificates online, in conjunction with the headquarters in Luanda. Full text...

  • UN chief, Kenyan VP hold talks on crimes against humanity
    09 march 2011 15:10:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Kenyan Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka on Tuesday in New York held talks on the cases involving six Kenyans, including three ministers, at the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Malawi govt denies involvement in murder attempt on leading rights activist
    04 march 2011 19:27:53
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The Malawi government has disassociated itself from Thursday's attempt on the life of leading human rights activist, Undule Mwakasungula. Full text...

  • UN peacekeepers, UNODC forge partnership to combat drugs, crimes
    03 march 2011 17:05:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Thursday launched a joint action plan to further strengthen their Full text...

  • Islamic fundamentalists kill 2 more policemen in Nigeria
    03 march 2011 09:08:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suspected members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram have shot dead two police officers in Nigeria's northern Borno state, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Suspected Islamists kill 2 policemen in Nigeria
    02 march 2011 08:54:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suspected members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram have shot dead two policemen in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, raising fears the group may be spreading terror to more states in the predominantly-Muslim north. Full text...

  • Togo police foil kidnap attempt on Swiss MP
    23 february 2011 14:14:32
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - A Swiss MP, Gabriel Poncet, lured into Togo before being kidnapped, was saved by Togolese Gendarmerie, PANA learned Wednesday from police sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President tasks security agencies on governorship candidate's killing
    29 january 2011 10:39:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has asked security agencies to unravel Friday's killing of a governorship candidate and six others in Maiduguri, capital of northern Borno state. Full text...

  • Governorship candidate, others shot dead in Nigeria
    28 january 2011 18:05:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Unknown gunmen Friday shot dead seven persons, including an opposition party governorship candidate, in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state, police said. Full text...

  • 1.6b naira cocaine seized at Lagos port
    28 january 2011 09:59:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it had seized 167 kg of cocaine, worth 1.6 billion naira, at the Tin Can Island Port in the commercial city of Lagos (US$1=150 Naira). Full text...

  • UN says number of alleged rapes in DR Congo rises
    26 january 2011 07:27:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Human Rights investigators said soldiers allegedly raped at least 67 women in the New Year in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), more than double the number originally thought. Full text...

  • Nigeria's drug law enforcement agency seizes 1.1b naira cocaine
    14 january 2011 08:29:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Acting on a tip-off from its US counterpart, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Thursday evening seized a large consignment of concentrated cocaine, valued at 1.1 billion naira, at the Tin Can Island Port in the country's commercial city of Lagos (US$1=150 naira). Full text...

  • Top SA detective to assist with Dewani's extradition hearing
    10 january 2011 09:07:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Police Services on Monday confirmed that a senior crime investigator, Lt.-Col. Mike Barkhuizen, will this week fly to London to meet Scotland Yard detectives preparing the case for the extradition of murder accused Shrien Dewani. Full text...

  • Malawi police chief rues failure to reign in fugitive businessman
    01 january 2011 19:35:17
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service Peter Mukhito said his officers could have done a better job in the way they handled fugitive businessman Misonzi Charles Chanthunya. Full text...

  • Jonathan charges Nigerians to unite against terrorism
    01 january 2011 19:07:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has charged the entire nation to unite against terrorism, saying this was now being used by demonic and retrogressive elements in a vain attempt to drag the country backwards, a press release by the Presidency said. Full text...

  • Suspected Islamists kill 7 in Nigeria
    30 december 2010 19:34:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram have killed Full text...

  • Unknown gunmen kill rights activist in Nigeria
    30 december 2010 09:45:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Unknown gunmen have shot dead a right activist, Mr. Chidi Nwosu, at his residence in Amaeke in Nigeria's South-eastern Abia state, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Death toll in Jos crisis rises to 80
    28 december 2010 09:32:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll from the explosions that rocked Nigeria's northern city of Jos on Christmas Eve has risen to 80, with 189 hospitalized and 70 treated and discharged, according to Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Full text...

  • UN chief lauds global fights against human trafficking
    13 december 2010 19:48:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded the global initiatives against the trafficking of human beings, saying "the measures is helping liberate those who are exploited and bringing to justice perpetrators of the crime". Full text...

  • Darfur: ICC to hold hearings against two Sudanese
    06 december 2010 17:38:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) said it would Wednesday hold confirmation hearing of charges against two Sudanese, Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, in the absence of the suspects. Full text...

  • ICC kicks off probe into North Korean war crimes
    06 december 2010 15:32:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Stung by criticisms that its cases mostly targeted African nations, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Monday it was examining possible war crimes committed by North Korean forces against South Korea. Full text...

  • Gunmen attack home of Nigerian President's aide, kill policeman
    12 november 2010 14:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen have attacked the country home, in oil-ri ch Bayelsa state, of Mr. Full text...

  • Serial rape suspect apprehended in SA
    12 november 2010 09:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A 28-year-old suspected serial rapist, wanted f or at least 12 rapes which he allegedly committed in the Johannesburg area, was arrested in KwaZulu Natal on Friday morning. Full text...

  • MEND identifies seven abducted expatriates
    12 november 2010 08:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has identified the seven expatriates who were captured during an attack on the Shallow-water Okoro oilfield in Akwa Ibom state, in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, 7 Nov. Full text...

  • 5 oil workers taken hostage, 2 injured in Nigeria
    08 november 2010 12:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Five oil workers were taken hostage while two crew membe rs were injured in an attack early Monday on an oil drilling rig in Nigeria's South-eastern Akwa Ibom, the company operati ng the rig said in a statement. Full text...

  • Murdered Zimbabwe girl gets posthumous certificate
    28 october 2010 18:37:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The family of the murdered 25-year-old second-year Zimbabwean accountancy student has released a certificate the Association of Business Executives has awarded to her posthumously. Full text...

  • 10 family members poisoned following Burundi land dispute (Corrected)
    25 october 2010 18:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- No fewer than 10 members of the same family died on Sunday as a result of poisoning following a land dispute in Ruyigi, eastern Buru n di, the national radio television (RTNB) reported Monday. Full text...

  • 10 family members poisoned following land dispute
    25 october 2010 18:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- No fewer than 10 members of the same family died on Sunday as a result of poisoning following a land dispute in Ruyigi, eastern Buru n di, the national radio television (RTNB) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Popular Angolan radio commentator stabbed
    23 october 2010 13:33:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A popular Angolan radio commentator, whose satirical broadcasts have been critical of the government, was Friday stabbed in the capital city of Luanda, according to local news reports, a press release issued by New York - based, independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said. Full text...

  • Libya partners Tunisia in fight against organized crime
    21 october 2010 17:10:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya and Tunisia have agreed to jointly fight organized crimes in the two countries, according to a communique issued at the end of the meeting of members of the Libya-Tunisia Joint Security Committee here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese woman arrested in Mali for murdering husband
    19 october 2010 17:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian police have arrested a Senegalese national, Maأ ¯mouna Djiba, for allegedly murdering her husband, Abdoulaye Pathأ©, a tailor, s e curity sources in the Malian capital, Bamako, told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • 13-year-old boy steals vehicle in Zambia
    14 october 2010 12:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A 13-year-old boy in Solwezi, Zambia's North-western pro vince, stole a vehicle which was parked at a popular night club last Sunday, the state-run Zambia Daily Mail repo rted Thursday. Full text...

  • Principal of Mobil school kidnapped in Nigeria
    13 october 2010 12:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen Wednesday kidnapped Mrs. Full text...

  • Suspected Nigerian Islamists attack police station, injure 4 policemen
    12 october 2010 12:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Suspected Boko Haram Islamists Monday night attacked the Gamboru police station in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state, injuring four policemen, the local media repo rted. Full text...

  • Nigeria@50 blast: Bomb fragments sent to UK, US
    11 october 2010 08:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has sent fragments from the bombs that ruined the nation's 50th independence anniversary on 1 Oct. Full text...

  • EU diplomat wants int'l community to help Somalia re-establish peace
    07 october 2010 16:13:00
    Grand Bay- Mauritius (PANA) -- The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, has asked the international communi t y to assist Somalia in re-establishing peace, security and rule of law and to cr e ate the conditions for economic growth. Full text...

  • Regional ministers discuss maritime piracy in Mauritius
    07 october 2010 14:33:00
    Grand Bay- Mauritius (PANA) -- Ministers from Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA),the Indian Ocean (IO) nations, and Europe have expressed deep concern over the persistent scourge of piracy, particularly its impact on peace, security, stability and maritime security, its links to transnational organized crime, as well as its possible links to terrorist activities. Full text...

  • Nigeria@50 blast: UN scribe condemns bomb attack
    03 october 2010 10:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has joined other world leaders in condemning Friday's bomb blast in Nigeria that killed eight people and left 18 injured close to the venue of the celebration of the country’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary in Abuja. Full text...

  • Nigeria@50 blast: MEND regrets loss of lives, exonerates Okah
    03 october 2010 09:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), which claimed responsibility for the blast that ruined Nigeria's 50th birthday bash in Abuja on Friday, has expressed regret at the 'avoidable loss of lives' during the bomb explosion at a spot that is a walking distance from the venue of the celebration. Full text...

  • 'British intelligence alerted Nigeria of anniversary bomb blasts'
    02 october 2010 08:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- British intelligence got wind of the bomb blasts that ma rred Nigeria's 50th independence anniversary celebrations in Abuja on Friday, an d warned the Nigerian authorities, local newspapers reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria@50: Nigeria celebrates despite security breaches
    01 october 2010 17:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Despite the security breaches arising from the two bomb blasts and an accidental discharge from a policeman in Abuja, the federal capital, Nigeria Friday put on one of the most memorable independence anniversary celebrations in Africa to mark 50 years of independence from Britain. Full text...

  • President Jonathan calls Abuja explosions 'worst anniversary gift'
    01 october 2010 14:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has described as ''the worst anniversary gift any nation can get'' the bomb explosions in the capital city of Abuja Friday, leaving at least seven persons dead and scores injured. Full text...

  • Nigerian militants raise the stakes with Abuja bomb attacks (Analysis)
    01 october 2010 13:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's main militant group Movement for the Emancipat ion of the Niger Delta (MEND) has taken its campaign to call global attention to the neglected oil-producing region to a new level, with its first-ever attack on the inland capital city of Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • Police confirm 7 deaths from Nigeria explosions
    01 october 2010 13:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven persons died and scores were wounded in bomb explo sions that rocked Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, close to the venue of the country's 50th independence anniversary celebra tions, Friday, the police said. Full text...

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