Society - Crime
  • 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...

  • African ministers meet to tighten drug trafficking loopholes
    01 october 2010 12:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African ministers in charge of domestic security and social affairs kicked off a meeting here Friday to tighten loopholes that ha v e enabled drug trafficking cartels across the globe to use Africa as a key route to reach international markets. Full text...

  • UN probes gang rapes in DRC
    29 september 2010 19:05:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence, Margot Wallstrom, on Wednesday began a week-long visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to investigate the recent mass rape by rebels in the country's eastern region. Full text...

  • Bereaved Zimbabwean family offers olive branch to prime suspect's family
    29 september 2010 15:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The family of a murdered 25-year-old Zimbabwean woman has said they do not hold the family of her alleged assailant responsible for he r brutal death, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzanian navy repels Somali raiders, arrests one
    29 september 2010 10:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A Tanzanian navy spokesman has confirmed the ar rest of one Somali pirate following a spate of terrorizing raids on a foreign oi l exploration company off the southern coast of the country. Full text...

  • Tanzanian navy repels Somali raiders, arrests one
    29 september 2010 10:54:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A Tanzanian navy spokesman has confirmed the ar rest of one Somali pirate following a spate of terrorizing raids on a foreign oi l exploration company off the southern coast of the country. Full text...

  • Murdered Zim woman interred, manhunt for killers continues
    28 september 2010 11:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The body of the murdered 25-year-old Zimbabwean accoun tancy student Linda Gasa was interred at an emotional ceremony in the capital, Harare, Sunday, a family spokesman has said. Full text...

  • Body of murdered Zim girl due in Harare Friday
    23 september 2010 19:10:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The body of the murdered 25-year-old Zimbabwean accoun tancy student is due to be flown to Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, Friday morni n g, Malawi health officials have said. Full text...

  • MEND 'locates' 3 abducted French oil workers in Nigeria
    23 september 2010 08:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said it had located the three French oil workers who were abducted off the coast of Bonny Island in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region by unknown gunmen on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN agency to train anti-piracy investigators in Africa
    21 september 2010 12:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) sai d Tuesday efforts to train anti-piracy detectives from the five East African countries which have suffered the worst ef fects of piracy off the coast of Somalia, was underway at the Kenyan coastal city. Full text...

  • Niger union urges govt to secure uranium mining sites
    21 september 2010 07:12:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A Niger workers' group on Monday strongly condemned the kidnapping of seven expatriates on Niger's territory and called on the government to tackle insecurity at the uranium-mining sites, sources close to the organization told PANA. Full text...

  • 'Murdered Zim student was poisoned'
    20 september 2010 18:13:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- An autopsy carried out on the body of the murdered 25- year-old Zimbabwean accountancy student has revealed that she was poisoned, poli c e have confirmed. Full text...

  • Head of Nigeria's drug control body escapes gun attack
    20 september 2010 07:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Director General of Nigeria's National Agency for Fo od and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr. Full text...

  • 3 arrested as police exhume body of missing Zim student
    17 september 2010 18:32:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police have arrested three people after exhuming remains of the missing Zimbabwean 25-year-old accountancy student in the southern Malawi resort district of Mangochi. Full text...

  • Senior Zim police nabbed for hiring out guns
    15 september 2010 07:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior police officer in Zimbabwe has appeared in co urt for allegedly hiring out guns from the station he commanded to private companies and organisations. Full text...

  • Violent crimes increase in South Africa after World Cup
    13 september 2010 08:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Violent crimes increased sharply in South Africa in the week following the 11 June-11 July 2010 FIFA World Cup in the African nation, according to an investigation by the South African newspaper Beeld. Full text...

  • Decline in South Africa's murder rate reported
    10 september 2010 08:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has announced th at South Africa's murder rate declined by 8. Full text...

  • South African woman nabbed in Zim for heroin
    08 september 2010 11:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A South African woman appeared in court in Zimbabwe We dnesday on charges of trafficking heroin. Full text...

  • Man arrested over false car bomb alert
    07 september 2010 17:49:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A Mauritanian, Ould Ahmedou Hadramy, was arreste d after raising a false alert with the police through SMS, warning them of a car bomb, a deputy public prosecutor to the regional court of Nouakchott disclosed T u esday on the national television. Full text...

  • Mauritius to host 2nd Regional Ministerial Conference on Piracy
    07 september 2010 13:24:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius will host the second Regional Ministeri al Conference on Piracy 7-8 October 2010, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Benin launches efforts to find missing ministry official
    06 september 2010 11:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Beninese government has expressed concern about the disappearance of an executive of the Ministry of Finance, Peter Urban Dagnivo, who has been mi ssing since 17 August, PANA reported. Full text...

  • HRW uncovers 5 Ivorian brothels packed full of Nigerian prostitutes
    30 august 2010 15:02:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Nigerian and Ivorian authorities to act quickly to combat the growing number of women trafficked for prostitution, saying it had uncovered "five brothels where Nigerian women and girls are engaged in prostitution". Full text...

  • Mauritanian Opposition wants collective action against terrorism in Sahel
    26 august 2010 19:30:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian Opposition group, under the aegis of the Coordination of the Democratic opposition in Mauritania (COD), on Thursday c alled for a collective action against terrorism in member States of the Sahel-Sa h ara region. Full text...

  • AU chief denounces Mogadishu bomb attacks
    26 august 2010 16:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union Commission President Jean Ping on Wednesday condemned the terrorist attack in Mogadishu, near the presidential p alace, which killed 31 persons, including six Somali MPs and vowed to continue t h e AU peacekeeping operation there. Full text...

  • EU condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    26 august 2010 11:53:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has strongly condemned Tuesda y's attack on a hotel in Mogadishu that killed 31 people, including six Somali MPs. Full text...

  • Repentant militant feared killed in Nigeria
    25 august 2010 07:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A repentant commander of the militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Soboma George, is feared to have been killed in a clash by r ival cult groups in Port Harcourt, capital of southern Rivers state, Tuesday evening. Full text...

  • Tanzania trains marine force to fight piracy on Lake Victoria
    24 august 2010 09:38:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Campaigning for his re-election for a second fi ve-year term, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has pledged his government would intensify marine patrol on the Tanzanian side o f Lake Victoria in order to end increasing acts of piracy on the lake. Full text...

  • Kampala bomb probe boosts Kenya-Uganda security ties
    23 august 2010 07:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's speedy arrest and transfer of the suspected plan ners of the 11 July (7/11) twin bombings in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, to fac e trial there has helped boost the usually cold security relations between the tw o neighbouring East African nations. Full text...

  • Kenyan Police smash human trafficking ring
    18 august 2010 17:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Police have smashed a suspected human trafficking ring following the arrest of 89 Ethiopian immigrants accused of entering the co u ntry illegally and whose plans were to end up in South Africa, police sources sa i d Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zim man, 82, jailed 20 years for rape
    17 august 2010 12:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An 82-year-old man in southern Zimbabwe was Tuesday ja iled for 20 years by a magistrates court for raping a five-year-old girl. Full text...

  • Crime rate down by 75% in Nigeria's commercial state capital
    15 august 2010 19:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Governor of Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos Stat e, Babatunde Fashola said the crime rate in the state has reduced by 75 per cent through the collaboration between the neighbourhood watch officers and the Niger i a Police Force. Full text...

  • UNAMID, Sudan govt. probe peacekeepers' abduction
    15 august 2010 19:08:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the Sudanese gove rnment are investigating the abduction of two police officers serving with the mission, who were seized early Saturday. Full text...

  • Crime rate down by 75% in Nigeria's commercial state capital
    15 august 2010 14:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Governor of Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos Stat e, Babatunde Fashola said the crime rate in the state has reduced by 75 per cent through the collaboration between the neighbourhood watch officers and the Niger i a Police Force. Full text...

  • UNAMID, Sudan govt. probe peacekeepers' abduction
    15 august 2010 10:05:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the Sudanese gove rnment are investigating the abduction of two police officers serving with the mission, who were seized early Saturday. Full text...

  • Aspirant shot dead in Nigeria hours after declaring intention
    10 august 2010 07:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A would-be member of parliament in Nigeria has been shot dead hours after announcing his intention to run in next year's general electio n s, but police said they could not yet say if the killing was politically motivat e d. Full text...

  • Nigerian Tennis star 'caught with heroin'
    08 august 2010 08:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian tennis player Toyin Dairo has been arrested by operatives of the country's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for all e gedly being in possession of 1. Full text...

  • Nigerian regulatory body wants life jail for drug counterfeiting
    01 august 2010 13:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unrelenting counterfeit drugs dealers may face life impr isonment, confiscation of assets and making the offence a non-bailable one, if t h e Nigeria's anti-counterfeiting agency, the National Agency for Food and Drug Ad m inistration and Control (NAFDAC) goes through with its advocacy with the Nationa l Assembly. Full text...

  • Strange gunmen kill seven in Nigeria's oil-rich state
    01 august 2010 11:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The capital of Nigeria's oil-rich south south Bayelsa state, Yenagoa, was jolted by drive-by shootings which left about seven people dead in its trail, the private newspaper, Punch, reported here Sunday. Full text...

  • INTERPOL investigates Nigerian Senator's under-age marriage
    30 july 2010 09:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL ) is investigating the marriage of Nigerian Senator Ahmed Yerima to an under-aged Egyptian girl, in violation of Ni gerian and Egyptian laws, the local press reported Friday. Full text...

  • 2010 World Cup official shot in Johannesburg
    28 july 2010 07:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) - â" Police in South Africa are following leads o n the whereabouts of the gunmen who shot a senior official of the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) outside his Sandton home north of Johannesburg on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya outlines plan to mop up illegal weapons
    21 july 2010 09:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has a mooted a comprehensive programme to mop up illegal firearms in Nairobi, following a terrorist attack on a Christian crusade in the capital last month and last week's interception of 300 bomb detonators on the outskirts of the capital, Assistant Minister for Internal Security Peter Orwa Ojode said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kidnapped mother of ex-Nigerian football boss freed
    20 july 2010 09:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The mother of former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) P resident Sani Lulu Abdullahi has been released by the gunmen who abducted her last week, the News Agency of N igeria reported Tuesday. Full text...

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