Nigeria
  • UK court deals a blow to Nigeria oil spill victims
    14 february 2018 15:47:16
    London, UK (PANA) - A UK Court of Appeals has ruled that two Niger Delta communities cannot have their case against oil giant Shell heard in the UK because the parent company cannot be held liable for the actions of its Nigerian subsidiary, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Nigeria’s inflation rate drops for 13th consecutive month
    14 february 2018 15:34:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Consumer Price Index (CPI) has dropped for the 13th consecutive month since January 2017 and now stands at 15.13 per cent in January 2018, the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said in its latest Inflation Report released on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Buhari laments "seriousness and urgency" of security challenges in Nigeria
    12 february 2018 19:18:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In the wake of unrelenting security challenges, especially the killings by herdsmen in parts of the country, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday summoned a meeting of the National Security Council at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Full text...
  • UN launches appeal to fund relief work in Nigeria's restive north-east
    08 february 2018 16:24:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With the crisis in north-east Nigeria – a region devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency – into its ninth year, United Nations agencies together with humanitarian partners on Thursday launched a US$1 billion appeal to fund life-saving and emergency assistance programmes in the region.Full text...
  • Cameroonian troops join Nigerian counterparts in anti-Boko Haram war in northeast Nigeria
    05 february 2018 13:53:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Troops of the Cameroonian Defence Force have joined their Nigerian counterparts, after an induction exercise, in the ongoing Counter-Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in Northeast Nigeria and the borders between the two countries. Full text...
  • Twenty-six Boko Haram terroristss surrender in northeast Nigeria
    05 february 2018 11:57:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Monday said that 26 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered and submitted their weapons to its troops in northeast Nigeria. Full text...
  • Nigeria, Cameroon inaugurate joint military mission
    04 february 2018 14:52:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria-Cameroon Military Joint Mission was on Saturday inaugurated in the epicentre of the Boko Haram violence of Maiduguri, with the Theatre Commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas stating that the Nigerian Army has "completely defeated" the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...
  • Remote Nigeria communities welcome child health programme (A WHO Feature)
    04 february 2018 01:25:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - We have travelled for over 2 hours from Minna in Nigeria’s rural Niger State. The final 45 minutes are on unpaved roads, and we exchange nods and waves as our jostling four-wheel drive vehicle passes people walking or tending to crops. Coming to a field ringed with trees, we exit the vehicles to walk down a precipitous trail leading to the village of Etsu Gudu. Full text...
  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC qualifiers: Hosts Nigeria hold Cameroon 2-2 in 1st-leg match
    03 february 2018 22:14:44
    Benin, Nigeria (PANA) - A struggling Nigeria came from behind to hold Cameroon 2-2 in the first-leg, final qualifier for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup. Full text...
  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC qualifiers: Nigeria vs Cameroon in 1st-leg, final qualifier
    03 february 2018 08:01:40
    Benin, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria, eyeing a sixth appearance at the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup finals, take on Cameroon on Saturday in the first-leg, final African qualifier for the event.Full text...
  • UNHCR condemns forced returns of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria
    02 february 2018 11:07:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has condemned the forced return of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria. Full text...
  • UNHCR, partners seek US$157 million to aid Boko Haram displaced people
    31 january 2018 09:57:57
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with humanitarian partners, on Wednesday, launched an inter-agency funding appeal for US$157 million to help over a quarter of a million people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Full text...
  • Rights group says dozens killed in Nigeria air attacks on villages
    30 january 2018 06:44:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian authorities’ response to communal violence is totally inadequate, too slow and ineffective, and in some cases unlawful, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna have resulted in 168 deaths in January 2018 alone. Full text...
  • 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's WC: Nigeria, Ghana qualify for finals in France
    27 january 2018 21:34:09
    Benin, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and Ghana have qualified to represent Africa at the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup which will take place in France from 5 to 24 August. Full text...
  • Nigerian Army kills 7 Boko Haram terrorists
    27 january 2018 11:02:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed seven remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest and horthern Borno state in the northeast of the country.Full text...
  • Largest yellow fever vaccination campaign in Nigeria’s history under way – WHO
    26 january 2018 06:34:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government launched a mass vaccination campaign in alliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, aiming to immunize more than 25 million people before the end of this year. Full text...
  • Buhari leads Nigerian delegation to AU summit
    25 january 2018 10:22:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will on Friday depart for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Full text...
  • ISIS affiliate operating in Nigeria - Government says
    22 january 2018 09:52:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government on Sunday said that the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), an offshoot of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is responsible for the deployment of foreign terrorists that are unleashing mayhem on communities in Nigeria’s north central and Niger Delta States.Full text...
  • Central Africa’s iconic mammals threatened by poachers, armed groups – UNEP
    20 january 2018 08:06:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing warned on Friday. Full text...
  • Nigeria reveals how AfDB assisted in getting it out of recession
    20 january 2018 07:09:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) provided a much-needed lifeline at a time when it was very difficult to secure budget support loans from anywhere else, as Nigeria struggled with the 2015-2016 economic recession, the Nigerian Government has said. Full text...
  • 95 rehabilitated former Boko Haram terrorists set for reintegration into Nigerian society
    18 january 2018 20:01:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ninety five “repentant” Boko Haram terrorists that have been rehabilitated under the Nigerian federal government’s Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme are now set to be reintegrated into the society, Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed on Thursday in Abuja.Full text...
  • Suicide bomb attack kills 12 in Maiduguri
    18 january 2018 07:23:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria police on Wednesday night said 12 people were killed when two suicide bombs exploded around Muna Garage area of Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...
  • AfDB inspires Nigerian school children with ‘Farming is Cool’ competition
    17 january 2018 06:55:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of its goal to see a generational shift in agriculture on the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has taken its ‘Farming is Cool’ initiative to school children in Nigeria. Full text...
  • Nigeria records 0.53 percent inflation drop in December 2017
    16 january 2018 19:47:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's inflation rate, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), further dropped to 15.37 per cent in December 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Tuesday, noting a 0.53 per cent points drop from 15.90 per cent recorded in November. Full text...
  • Gambian President in Nigeria, holds bilateral meeting with Buhari
    16 january 2018 14:58:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Adama Barrow of The Gambia on Tuesday paid a one-day official visit to Nigeria, where he held bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Full text...
  • Nigerian, US officials meet over Trump comments on immigrants
    16 january 2018 13:02:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Charge d’affaires in Nigeria, Mr David Young, met with the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja on Monday, amidst a row over disparaging comments allegedly made by U.S. President Donald Trump against Africa. Full text...
  • Nigerian Army releases 244 'repentant' Boko Haram suspects
    15 january 2018 17:19:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Monday handed over to Borno State government 244 Boko Haram 'repentant' suspects, who it said had given up membership of the terrorist group. Full text...
  • Nigerian gov't summons US Ambassador over Trump comment on immigrants
    15 january 2018 15:05:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government has summoned the United States ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, over the derogatory remarks by President Donald Trump. Full text...
  • Buhari to open AfDB's new office complex in Abuja
    15 january 2018 11:11:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will commission the new office complex of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abuja on 18 January, 2018, consolidating the country’s position as the Bank’s largest shareholder.Full text...
  • Nigerian Air Force takes delivery of trainer, fighter aircraft from Pakistan
    14 january 2018 18:51:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday took delivery of five Super Mushsak aircraft from Pakistan to enhance its training and operational activity in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. Full text...
  • 2018 FIFA U-20 WWC African qualifiers: Nigeria make strong case for ticket, beat South Africa 2-0
    13 january 2018 19:36:28
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - With goals from Rasheedat Ajibade, in the 30th minute, and Anam Imo, in the 35th, the Nigerian national Under-20 team, the Falconets, on Saturday edged very close to qualifying for the FIFA World cup which will take place in France from 5 to 24 August.Full text...
  • UNHCR representative concludes fact-finding mission to Nigeria
    12 january 2018 05:16:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Antonio Jose Canhandula, conducted a fact-finding mission to Benue state and Cross River state in Nigeria from 8 to 10 January, 2018 where he interacted with Cameroonian refugees in the Abande, Kwande Local Government Area, Utanga and Amana, a UNHCR statement has said. Full text...
  • 'Boko Haram attacks, human trafficking threaten progress in West Africa, Sahel'
    12 january 2018 05:07:28
    New York, US (PANA) – The security situation in West Africa and the Sahel remains of grave concern, the United Nations envoy for the region said on Thursday in New York, warning that while there had been progress on the political front over the past year, there had also been a worrying upsurge in Boko Haram attacks. Full text...
  • Nigeria spends 34.02% of revenues on debt servicing
    10 january 2018 15:56:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The growing Nigeria national debt was brought to focus as its Debt Management Office (DMO) on Wednesday said that the nation spends 34.02 per cent of its revenues on debt servicing. Full text...
  • Nigerian soldiers kill two suicide bombers, arrest another in northeast Nigeria
    10 january 2018 07:13:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says its troops killed two female suicide bombers and arrested the third on Tuesday as they tried to enter Gamboru town in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...
  • Nigeria to hold general elections on 16 February 2019
    10 january 2018 07:05:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday announced that presidential and national assembly elections will be held on 16 February, 2019.Full text...
  • 1,030 stranded Nigerian migrants evacuated from Libya since Sunday
    09 january 2018 16:04:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Tuesday said it has evacuated 1,030 stranded Nigerian migrants from Libya between Sunday and Monday. Full text...
  • Nigerian Army kills 107 Boko Haram terrorists
    09 january 2018 15:21:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced that its troops, under Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the Northeast, has killed 107 Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...
  • Media watchdog demands release of Nigerian journalist
    09 january 2018 11:28:04
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is asking the Nigerian authorities to immediately release Timothy Elombah, editor of the news website Elombah. Full text...
  • Nigerian government delegation in Libya over stranded citizens
    03 january 2018 19:59:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian federal government special delegation, led by Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Wednesday departed Abuja for Tripoli, to evacuate Nigerians trapped in Libya. Full text...
  • Abuja hosts int'l conference on Lake Chad (Refiled to correct the date of conference)
    26 december 2017 12:59:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government and the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), with the support of the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is organizing an International Conference on Lake Chad, aimed at creating global awareness on the socio-economic and environmental challenges arising from the shrinkage of the Lake Chad. Full text...
  • Cholera outbreak in Nigeria's Borno state successfully contained - WHO
    25 december 2017 05:39:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A five-month long cholera outbreak in Nigeria's conflict-affected Borno state has been successfully contained, the United Nations health agency has announced. Full text...
  • President Buhari bemoans lingering fuel scarcity in Nigeria
    24 december 2017 15:06:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said he regretted the lingering fuel scarcity currently being experienced across the country, saying he has directed relevant regulators to step up “surveillance and bring an end to hoarding and price inflation by marketers”. Full text...
  • ‘Exiting recession not enough factor for Nigeria’s recovery’ – IMF team
    22 december 2017 17:12:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is exiting the recession but the economy remains vulnerable, a senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a statement issued on Friday. Full text...
  • ECOWAS observers return to Liberia for 26 December presidential run-off
    22 december 2017 11:41:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A 25-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Short-Term Observation Mission headed by Ghana’s immediate past President John Dramani Mahama will return to Liberia for the country’s delayed presidential run-off now scheduled for 26 December 2017. Full text...
  • Army kills 20 Boko Haram insurgents, rescues 100 persons
    20 december 2017 14:58:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its troops killed 20 Boko Haram insurgents during a “clearance operation” in the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...
  • UNHCR steps up support to Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria
    20 december 2017 06:49:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refuge Agency, is stepping up its presence in south-eastern Nigeria, to provide life-saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon. Full text...
  • Buhari extends tenure of Nigeria's military chiefs
    18 december 2017 19:25:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of the country’s military chiefs, a spokesman of the Defence ministry confirmed on Monday. Full text...
  • Nigerian President Buhari cancels visit to Niger
    18 december 2017 19:09:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday cancelled his scheduled trip to attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. Full text...
  • FAO launches dry season emergency support in Northeast Nigeria
    18 december 2017 14:11:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has launched its dry season emergency livelihoods programme in the three States most affected by insurgency in Northeast Nigeria, with the goal to rapidly boost food production and strengthen communities’ resilience in the face of the crisis. Full text...

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