Malaysia’s King Muhammad The Fifth resigns

Malaysia’s King Muhammad The Fifth has resigned, the first time a monarch has stepped down from the throne in the country before completing their five-year tenure. The National Palace said in a statement that Muhammad’s resignation took effect immediately, but did not give a reason for the 49-year-old royal’s abrupt move. IN ANOTHER NEWS – Prime Minister Theresa May has said the Commons vote on her Brexit deal will “definitely” go ahead next week as she vowed to redouble her efforts to win Members of Parliament round. She said she would set out new measures on Northern Ireland and look...

Governor Udom commends the church for sustaining peace in Akwa Ibom state

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has commended the church for their role towards the sustenance of peace in the state while also reiterating his commitment to maintaining the existing harmony and unity in the state. Governor Emmanuel who stated this while addressing the congregation at the Catholic diocesan new year fasting and prayers Assembly, held at Cardinal Ekandem seminary grounds, Dominic utuk avenue uyo, expressed optimism that the prayers would bring an enduring peace and ensure a transparent, credible and violent free election in the state and country. While thanking God for the peace and the Christian body for...

NANS urged to persuade federal government and ASUU to end strike

The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students- NANS have been urged to explore all reasonable means to persuade the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities- ASUU to come to terms and call off the lingering strike by the union for the interest of the nation. Speaking with Planet News over the recent meeting of the union with President Muhamadu Buhari and the plans by the students’ body to engage in nationwide demonstration, some students in Uyo commended the moves while others however advised NANS to tread with caution and not get compromised in the process....

President Buhari inaugurates APC Presidential campaign Council today

President Muhammadu Buhari will today, inaugurate the All Progressives Congress -APC Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 General Elections. This information is contained in a statement issued by Festus Keyamu, Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, in Abuja. Keyamu who said the event would take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, at 10 a.m, added that those expected at the ceremony were the persons earlier announced as members of the APC Presidential Campaign Council. According to a statement by the party in December, the Council is co-chaired by the president and National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu...

A US judge rejects Ed Sheeran’s call for a lawsuit against him to be dropped

A US judge has rejected Ed Sheeran’s call for a lawsuit accusing him of copying parts of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” to be dropped. In his released decision, District Judge Louis Stanton said a jury should decide. He said he found “substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements”. Meanwhile Sheeran has denied ripping off sections of the 1973 classic for his number one hit “Thinking Out Loud”.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Player at Globe Soccer Awards

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded the Best Player at the 2019 Globe Soccer Awards. He beat Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe to the award. It marked the third consecutive year the former Real Madrid star was crowned the award’s best player and fifth in total since 2011. Atletico, meanwhile, was named Best Club of the Year and World Cup-winning France boss Didier Deschamps took out the Best Coach.

Democrats challenge President Trump on partial government shutdown

The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has voted to end a partial government shutdown – but the move looks certain to be vetoed by President Donald Trump. Trump has said he will reject any measure that does not provide funding for his proposed US-Mexico border wall, but New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said no funding for the wall would be made available.

Presidency reacts to speculation that President Buhari would be represented by his vice in the presidential debate

The Presidency has reacted to speculation that President Muhammadu Buhari would be represented by his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in the presidential debate slated for January 19 by the Nigeria Election Debate Group. The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in his reaction, said the president is yet to take a decision on whether he would take part in the debate or not. Reports say the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay had said Vice President Osinbajo could represent President Buhari at the presidential debate if that was what...

The World marks 2019 International Braille Day

Governments at all levels have been urged to provide necessary materials to Special and Vocational Training Centres in the country to assist the visually impaired Nigerians acquire education and the required training. Speaking with Planet News as the world marks 2019 International Braille Day today, the National Secretary of Braille Council of Nigeria, Nicolas Obot said Braille is a system of touch reading and writing for visually impaired persons in which raised dots represent the letters of the alphabet. Lamenting the high cost of the learning materials, which he claimed has not only made the materials unaffordable; but seriously affecting...

Onofiok Luke supporters from Etinan pledge to support all PDP candidates

The PDP Candidate for Etinan Federal constituency and speaker, Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly, Barrister Onofiok Luke has again received commendation and assurances of support to ensure that he is victorious in the forthcoming National Assembly election. Addressing party faithful in 3 wards in Etinan being, Mbioto south ward 4, southern iman ward 3 and Urban ward 2, Barrister Onofiok Luke who informed the people of his agenda when voted into the green chambers, also solicited their support for Governor Udom Emmanuel noting that the governor has lofty projects for the area especially in the development of health facilities...

INEC debunks reports on ban of election result transmission in 2019 polls

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has dismissed reports on the ban on transmission of election results saying the Commission did not make such announcement. The INEC boss also faulted reports that the commission was under pressure to manipulate the 2019 general elections in favour of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC. Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, the INEC chairman said the commission has its procedures for conducting elections and declaring results, adding that INEC did not make any announcement that there will be changes in the processes which had been improved...

Barack Obama makes debut on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart

Former US president Barack Obama has made his debut on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart this week. According to Billboard Hot R&B charts, the former 44th President earned a spot at #22 for his appearance on a track from the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” called “One Last Time.” In addition to Obama, the 4-minute track features Christopher Jackson and BeBe Winans; Obama appears at the end of the song, delivering George Washington’s farewell address.

Manchester city beats Liverpool to close gap on premier league table

Manchester City reignited the Premier League title race as they ended Liverpool’s 20-game unbeaten start to the season to reduce their lead at the top of the table to four points. Leroy Sane produced the decisive moment 18 minutes from time to double the lead for the host following Sergio Aguero’s goal and Roberto Firmino’s 64th minutes equaliser. MEANWHILE,  Akwa United will unveil their new signings today Friday ahead of the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League – NPFL season. The unveiling ceremony which will take place at the Nest of Champions will also witness the official presentation of the club’s...

Senegal’s Supreme Court rules against appeal by jailed presidential hopeful

Senegal’s Supreme Court has ruled that jailed presidential hopeful Khalifa Sall could not appeal a prison sentence for embezzlement, likely ending his chance of running as a free man in February polls. The popular former mayor of Dakar was arrested in March 2017 on suspicion of embezzling 3 million dollars in public funds and was sentenced to five years in jail. ELSEWHERE – Somalia has told the UN Security Council not to interfere in its national affairs after expelling a UN envoy who questioned the government’s decision to arrest an al-Shabaab defector running for election. Somali Ambassador Abukar Osman did...

Court refuses to order removal of police blockade from Dino Melaye’s residence

Federal High Court, in Abuja, has refused an ex-parte application brought by Senator Dino Melaye to order the removal of police blockade on his residence. Melaye approached the court through his lawyer, Nkem Okoro of the Mike Ozekhome chambers, for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights. In the ex-parte application, Melaye prayed the court for an interim order of the court directing the police to vacate his residence and remove all blockades in front of the residence and allow his family and political associates to have access to him. He further sought the order of the court restraining the...

PDP rejects appointment of Amina Zakari as the chairperson of INEC Collation Center Committee

The People’s Democratic Party -PDP has rejected the appointment of Amina Zakari as the chairperson of INEC Advisory Committee and Presidential election Collation Center Committee. The PDP presidential campaign organisation made this known by its director, media and publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan, during a press briefing at the party’s campaign headquarters, saying it took the position because Zakari is President Buhari’s niece. Ologbondiyan, while addressing journalists, described the development as an “outright manipulation and challenged the president to excuse his niece from such a critical assignment if he is actually committed to free, fair and credible elections. Also, the Coalition of...

Central Bank of Nigeria promises to sustain current tight stance in Monetary Policy

Ahead of the first Monetary Policy Committee Meeting of the Central Bank of Nigeria for the year, the Governor of the apex bank Godwin Emefiele has said that current tight stance of the bank will continue in the near-term. Emefiele said the decision to maintain the tight stance was because of the expected rising inflation rate in order to stabilize the nation’s economy. He added that the apex bank will in due course adjust the policy rate in line with emerging economic conditions. The CBN Governor warned that any attempt to reverse the policy could negatively affect economic growth in...

President Buhari meets Nigerian students over ongoing strike by lecturers

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Labour Unions to allow his administration concentrate on fixing infrastructure in the country rather than distracting it. He made the remark while playing host to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students -NANS in the State House, Abuja. While calling on the students to continue to plead with the Academic Staff Union of Universities -ASUU, the President assured that he will speak with the lecturers’ body in a bid to ending the strike.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West expecting a fourth child

American reality TV personality, Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are expecting a fourth child – again using a surrogate. Kardashian and West’s third child, Chicago, was born through a surrogate in January 2018. The couple has two other children North and Saint. They turned to surrogacy after doctors warned Kardashian of serious health risks if she became pregnant again after her first two children.

Novak Djokovic qualifies for last eight of Qatar Open

Novak Djokovic is through to the last eight of the Qatar Open after surviving a huge scare from world number 36, Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics. Djokovic is on course to meet Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals in Doha after the Swiss beat Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 7-6. STILL IN TENNIS – Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie beat Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the mixed doubles to give Great Britain victory over the US at the Hopman Cup. The Britons fought back to win 2-7, 7-4 in Perth after Norrie had stunned Tiafoe in the singles and Boulter had lost to...

US and Colombia vow to reduce coca production by 50 per cent

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is “deeply concerned” about the increased production of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, in Colombia. At a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque, Pompeo said the two countries would try to reduce coca production by 50% in 2023. Colombia has already vowed to step up its coca eradication programme.

Nigerian Aircraft Pilots urged FG to quicken inauguration of Nigeria Air

The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers has asked the Federal Government to quicken the inauguration of Nigeria Air. The association said the Federal Government should quickly remove all obstacles on the path of the new national carrier so that it could become operational. In a communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting and signed by its General Secretary, Ocheme Aba also called for a review of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s policy on pilots’ simulation training. According to the association, the situation where after training, a pilot’s simulator certificate’s ownership is vested in the...

NANS set for nationwide protest over ongoing ASUU and ASUP strike

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has issued a notice to all its structures and organs to commence mobilisation for mass action against the Federal Government, the Academic Staff Union of Universities-ASUU and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics-ASUP. This was contained in a statement signed by the association’s President, Danielson Akpan who blamed the parties involved of not making appreciable steps in resolving the crises. Akpan accused the university lecturers of not showing enough commitment to end the strike, saying they staged a walk-out during negotiations with the government despite the latter meeting two out of their three...

INEC dismisses allegation to rig 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to provide evidence that it’s plotting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig the 2019 elections. PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan had advised INEC to distance itself from an alleged plot to compromise the Electoral Guidelines and pave the way for the alteration of the forthcoming general elections results. Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, Ologbondiyan alleged that INEC chairman, Mahood Yakubu, was under pressure to drop the display of results at the polling units as well as the electronic transmission of...