IGP Reveals Why He Snubbed Senate Invite

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has disclosed that it will be undemocratic and against Senate Order 53 Rule 5 for him to appear before the Senate.

The IGP, in a letter signed by Commissioner of Police, Legal/Prosecution, David Igbodo, said he did not appear before the Senate on Wednesday due to pending cases he and Senator Dino Melaye filed before the courts.

In the letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Idris said he has high regards and respect for the National Assembly and would not do anything to derogate their powers of oversight as recognised by the Constitution or slight them in any manner.

He however said he had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to decide whether the IGP must always appear in person each time he was invited to appear before the National Assembly despite his powers of delegation on official matters involving the police force.

He said Senator Dino Melaye has also approached the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) seeking ten reliefs challenging the action of the inspector general of police and the Nigerian Immigration Service.

“It is the belief of the Inspector General of Police that since the matter is now before a court of competent jurisdiction at both his and Senator Dino Melaye instance, the matter has become subjudicated and the court should be allowed to determine the matter,” the letter read.

“The Inspector General of Police has on the basis above directed me to inform you that he will not be available to appear before the Senate on the 9th May 2018 or any other date pending the conclusion of the cases already pending in the courts,” CP Igbodo said.

He said on 26 April when he was invited to brief the Senate, he was on official assignment with President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi, while on the 2nd May, the date for his second invitation, he was in Birnin-Gwari Area of Kaduna with the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Nigeria Army Kaduna.



Court Orders Return Of Dino Melaye To National Hospital

A Kogi State High Court has ordered that the senator representing Kogi West be moved to the National Hospital, Abuja.

The trial judge also adjourned till Monday, 7th, May for continuation of hearing in a written bail application filed by Melaye’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, asking for a variation of the remand order placed on him.

This followed the refusal to grant bail to Dino Melaye on Thursday when he was hauled before a Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lokoja, on seven counts bordering on criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of fire arms.

The Chief justice of Kogi State, Justice Nadir Ajanah, who presided over the proceedings on Friday, said that in view of the critical health conditions as espoused by the counsel to the applicant, he should be moved to the National Hospital, Abuja, for proper medical attention.

Earlier, counsel to the defendant, Mike Ozekhome, had argued that Senator Dino Melaye was a chronic asthmatic patient who gasped for breath on Thursday while being arraigned and had to be given his special inhaler right there in the courtroom and in the presence of the trial magistrate, Sulyman Abdalah.

In an interview after the order, Ozekhome said that the judge was convinced beyond all reasonable doubts that the Police Clinic facilities in Lokoja could not meet the medical needs of Senator Dino Melaye.

“He also recognised the fact that as a senator of the Federal Republic, Dino cannot abandon his legislative duties and jump bail.

“Apart from this, his passport and other travel documents are in the possession of the Police, which makes it impossible to leave the country,” Ozekhome added.

UPDATE: Again, IGP Fails to Appear Before Senate over Melaye

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has for the second time, failed to appear before the Senate over the arrest and detention of Senator Dino Melaye as well as the spate of killings across the country.

Saraki asked the Clerk to the Senate to bring the IG into the chamber. After going out and returning to the chamber, the clerk told the Senate President that the police boss was not around and had sent the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Joshak Habila, to represent him.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, who said he was shocked by the IG’s non-appearance, read Sections 88 (1 and 2) and 89(c) as empowering the lawmakers to summon the IG.

Na’Allah prayed the Senate to resolve that Saraki leads a delegation to “register our displeasure.” He, however, did not state to whom the displeasure would be registered.

Saraki, in his remarks, said no IG had ignored invitation from the legislature since Nigeria began to practice democracy.

“I don’t think that this has ever happened before,” he said.

The Senate President asked the Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan; and Chairman of the Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, to engage with the executive on the matter.

He asked the delegation to report back in one week, saying “we will take it up from there.”

Voters Shun Verification Centres in Lokoja

The process for the recall of the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, suffered a major setback on Saturday as registered voters in the areas shunned the signature verification exercise in most polling units.

At the Lokoja Club polling unit 016 Ward A in the Lokoja LGA, where 875 petitioners signed the register, only two people made themselves available for verification as of 10am.

Also at the Ukwo Okoriko Compound polling unit 003 in the Kogi/Kotonkarfe Local Government Area, only 18 petitioners out of the 440, who appended their signatures on the document, had been verified as of 11am when one of our correspondents visited the polling unit.

The same scenario occurred at the Ohagabi polling unit 003 in the Kogi/Kotonkarfe LGA, where only 43 out of the 500 petitioners turned up for the verification as of 11.33am.

Oworo Ward E polling unit 012 in the Lokoja LGA where only 40 out of the 500 petitioners who signed the recall document had been verified as of noon.

At the Felele polling unit 004 Ward 8 in Lokoja, none of the 815 petitioners who signed the recall document turned up for the verification exercise as of 12.27pm.

The exercise, scheduled to start at 8am, had yet to commence at Lokongoma/phase1, where one of our correspondents observed that the officials were still pasting the voter list as of 10am.

Similarly, at unit 001, Open Mammy Market, opposite Chari Meigumeri Barracks also in Lokoja, no one was in the queue when one of our correspondents got there around 10am.

The electoral officer on duty explained that some voters visited the centre to check their names, returned home, and refused to show up for verification.

The INEC official, who pleaded anonymity, said he arrived at the centre in company with his colleagues as early as 8am.

At the Oworo Ward 8 Unit 4 Lokoja, where 815 petitioners were on the recall list, nobody showed up for the verification exercise as of 12:37pm.

At Oworo Ward 8, Unit 12, which had 1,005 voters on the recall petition list, only 40 petitioners presented themselves for the exercise as of 12.08pm.

A similar scenario was recorded in the Koton Karfi LG, polling unit 003, where 18 out of the 440 petitioners on the recall list appeared for the verification.

A registered voter at the polling unit on the premises of the Lokoja Club, Samuel Olokotun, protested against his wife’s name on the petition list, saying that the woman did not sign the recall sheet.

The Independent National Electoral Commission is expected to officially announce the result of the verification exercise today.

Meanwhile, INEC said that it was not aware that Melaye was detained by the police.

The Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, told one our correspondents that INEC had received no official communication regarding Melaye’s detention.

He said INEC had only been hearing about Melaye in the media.

Osaze-Uzzi, however, said Melaye’s recall process would not be affected by his absence or presence.

The INEC official said, “I don’t know if he is in detention. You are the one telling me.”

Dino Melaye In Custody – Police

Twenty-hours after armed riot policemen besieged the Shanga, Maitama, Abuja residence of Senator Dino Melaye, the Nigeria Police Force said the lawmaker is now in its custody.

The Deputy Force spokesman, Aremu Adeniran, confirmed that Melaye was taken into custody because he refused to honour police summons extended to him in respect of a case of illegal possession of firearms.

Adeniran in a statement on Thursday said that the police obtained a warrant of arrest and trailed him to his house at Maitama, Abuja and cordoned  off the place.

“He however surrendered himself to the police this morning for investigation on the allegations against him,” the statement said.

The police had alleged that Melaye contracted one Kabiru Seidu and his gang as political thugs, adding that the lawmaker met with the suspect on Airport road, Abuja inside his car in December, 2017 and gave him a bag containing an AK47 rifle, two Pump Action guns and N430,000 to share with his boys.

FLASH: Jailbreak In Kogi As 2 Suspects Involved In Melaye’s Case Disappear

The Kogi State Police command has confirmed the escape of two suspects, Kabiru Saidu A.k.a Osama and Nuhu Salisu A.k.a small from police detention one week after accusing the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye of arm sponsorship.

Confirming the incident to newsmen on Wednesday in Lokoja; the Kogi State commissioner of Police, Ali Janga said the incident happened at about 3:21am of March 28 as four other suspects namely, Aliyu Isa, Adams Suleiman; Emmanuel Audu, and Musa Mohammed also escaped from police detention.

Janga noted that the five Special Anti Robbery Squad office (SARS) and seven conventional police officers on duty have been detained by the command for interrogation.

According to Janga; when he visited the scene of the incident; it was obvious that there was conspiracy between some police officers and the runaway suspects.

“When I got to the scene of the incident; what I observed was a constructive escape. Because, the padlock to one of the exhibit rooms through which the suspects escaped was opened. And they used hammers, nail cutter, and shovel to hit the iron bar of the window, bend it and removed one block.

“Three of our SARS operatives were even behind the cell, and two in front, including some conventional police officers and two station guard. Definitely, I believe there is a serious connivance that led to the escape of the six suspects,” the police commissioner stated.


The police, however, declared all the six suspects wanted including Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu who according to Janga failed to honour police invitation.

He vowed that whoever that was behind the incident would be brought to book irrespective of their rank in the police force.

“The command hereby appeal to the members of the public to assist the police with useful information on the whereabouts of the suspects by reporting to the nearest police station,” Janga added.

Updated: Police Declare Dino Melaye Wanted

The police on Wednesday declared Dino Melaye, a senator from Kogi State, wanted.

The lawmaker was declared wanted alongside Mohammed Audu, son of a former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu.

Police said the duo have also been placed on Interpol watchlist for allegedly providing false information to the police in relation to an alleged attempt on Mr. Melaye’s life last year.

The announcement was made in a statement signed by Kogi police commissioner, Ali Janga, and distributed by the Force Headquarters Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Melaye had earlier written to the Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris stating his intention to submit himself to the police for investigation.

But the senator attached a condition that the case must only be handled in Abuja and not in Lokoja or anywhere in Kogi State, saying Governor Yahaya Bello has control of law enforcement agencies in the state.

The senator also wrote to the U.S. Embassy, the British High Commission and other foreign missions over the weekend, alleging attempt by the police to hurt him.

While he was being declared wanted shortly before noon Wednesday, Mr. Melaye was on the floor of the Senate during which he lambasted the police again and alleged conspiracy against him.

The police declared him wanted as they were announcing the disappearance of some suspects who allegedly indicted Mr. Melaye last week from custody. The police said they escaped Wednesday morning and declared them wanted while also announcing pending investigation of all officers on duty at the time of the escape.

Mr. Melaye said the police are plotting a cover-up by either killing the suspects or orchestrating their escape.


“I will sue the IGP for intimidation, abuse of power, harassment and mental assault if these 2 suspects are not produced dead or alive,” Mr. Melaye said on the floor of the Senate according to a transcript of Wednesday’s proceeding provided on the Senate’s Twitter handle.

I’ve Not Fled Nigeria – Dino Melaye

A Nigerian senator, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) on Tuesday attended the plenary of the senate at the National Assembly complex, amidst a report he has fled the country

SaharaReporter Newspaper reported that the embattled senator fled Nigeria over the political crisis in Kogi State and his trial by the federal government, adding that he begged the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to fight for him.

Mr Melaye, in a statement on Saturday, denied the report stating that he had no reason to flee the country.

Sequel to the report, police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Saturday, said an invitation and a court summon had been issued to Mr Melaye, both of which he said the senator did not honour.

The police spokesperson added that the senator is wanted for allegedly arming suspected criminals.

He said Mr. Melaye’s summon followed the arrest of two men in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, on January 19, who allegedly confessed to having committed various crimes such as kidnappings and armed robbery.

Mr. Moshood said the suspects also disclosed that Mr. Melaye had handed them a bag containing firearms.

At the senate plenary on Tuesday, Mr Melaye taunted Mr. Moshood for “making him (Melaye) so important” to the extent of organising two press conferences on his matter in one week.

He made this statement while contributing to a point of order raised by Isa Misau (APC, Bauchi) asking the senate to wade into the controversy between Mr Melaye and the police.

Coming under order 42, Mr. Misau urged the senate to order the police to treat Mr. Melaye’s matter in Abuja, stating that if he (Melaye) is allowed to go to Kogi State, he would be risking his life and there would also be a breakdown of law and order.

“The press statement by the Force PRO where they claimed that there are certain suspects alleging Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu gave them weapon and money to carry out some atrocities in Kogi state, where they said Senator Dino Melaye has been taken to court in Kogi State.

“From the intelligence that we have gathered from Kogi State, if we allow this, if police is allowed to be used to take Senator Dino Melaye to Kogi, there will be possible breakdown of law and order because there are supporters of Senator Dino Melaye and supporters of the governor.

“If we allow this tension whereby even the security situation is bad and then you allow them to take someone who has problem with the state government and where their supporters are there, there will be problem. I think we are not doing good and risking the life of our colleague.

“Apart from that the police are making statements that the weapons that were given on airport road, there are issues of jurisdiction. The issues should be separated, the people that committed atrocities in Kogi they can be tried in Kogi. We are calling for fairness, justice. This matter should be treated in Abuja where everyone will be seen.

“The international community is watching to see what we are going to do. I have never seen where police will take a charge to court – criminal matter – without taking his statement. If they say they didn’t see him to serve him (court processes), Dino Melaye is a public figure, his house is in Maitama and his office.

“They even say that if Dino Melaye does not appear in court tomorrow they will declare him wanted. If the matter is already in court, it is left for the judge to decide what to do. Once the matter is in court police have removed their hands,” Mr Misau said.

While contributing to the point of order, Mr Melaye said he was yet to receive a criminal summon from any court and expressed disappointment at the police for threatening to declare him wanted.

“Mr. President, as I speak to you, the media has been awash that I fled this country, that I am not in Nigeria and I would not return until there is change of government. But here am I physically, flesh and blood.

“I start by saying that, I have not received any criminal summon from any court within the territorial area of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I also want to say that Mr. President, I have not received any arraignment notice from any court. I also read in the media where Mohammed Abdul addressed a conference to say that he has not been served by any court in Nigeria.

“My house is known, my office is known, and there was no attempt to even serve me any court summon in any of my known addresses. That is to start with.

“Despite the fact that I have not been served, an arraignment has been carried out according to the press briefing by Moshood. No statement has been taken from me. So I do not know what investigation was conducted, before the report generated and have been arraigned according to newspaper and social media report. But physically as Dino Melaye, I have not received any summon from any court.

“I am also appalled, why would the Force PRO of the Force Headquarters leave Abuja to go to Lokoja to parade criminals while the state command have their PPRO? Even when Evans, the notorious kidnapper in the history of Federal Republic of Nigeria, was arrested, he was paraded by Lagos command and the PPRO of Lagos State addressed the media.

“Since last week, they have made me so important, they have made me a national subject that Force PRO addressed two press conferences on Dino Melaye alone. They refused to have press conference on Dapchi girls, Boko Haram and the killings going on in the North and the riverine area of the country, but they addressed press conference on an innocent man twice in one week and even declaring that if I am not in court, I would be declared wanted for a matter that has already been taken to court,” Mr Melaye said.

The lawmaker told the Senate that when he was allegedly attacked in April 2017, the police arrested a gang of six people who were paraded by the Force PRO.

He added that the suspects had made confessional statements, guns and ammunition were recovered from them and the vehicle they used was also recovered and “all these were exhibit and laid before Kogi State judiciary.

“These criminals have even been arraigned in court and their testimonies have been accepted as exhibits in court. Yet, one of those declared wanted by the police in my assassination attempt, is the one saying that on Airport Road in December, I gave him three AK 47 and N430, 000 inside my car. But as I speak to you, they failed in their myopic ignorance to state a date and time.

“I want to understand how an arraignment can be done with a criminal’s confession with no date or no time. Because if you give me a date and time, I would be able to account for where I was on that date and time. You would know that the corpse they buried, they left the legs outside,” he added.

Mr Melaye vowed to remain with the truth hoping that the truth will set him free.

“I serve a living God, what God has given me, no man can take and what God has not given to me, no man can give. On his own I stand and I know in God I trust. I have written all the international diplomatic organisations, United Nations, Amnesty International and by the grace of God, I will be on CNN and hard talk on BBC in London. I am going to speak on the loudest part of my voice. If I die, I die; but I shall not die without fighting,” he said.

The senate, thereafter, resolved to mandate the committees on Police and Judiciary to investigate the issue and report back in 48 hours.

Suspects Reveals Relationship With Senator Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye is in another fresh drama with the authorities as he has been linked to the suspected political thugs arrested by Kogi state Police command.

According to reports one of the two suspects paraded by the police on Monday in Kogi State has narrated how Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi west in the national assembly gave him an AK47 rifle, two pump action guns and N430, 000 to cause mayhem in Kogi State.

Following this confession the police in a statement on Monday released by its spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said they have filed a case in a Lokoja court accusing the senator and three other persons of illegal possession of firearms.

The police took the action, following the confession of two ‘dreaded’ thugs who claimed they were working for Melaye.

The men were arrested on 19 January at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, after a shootout with the police and have confessed being hired by Melaye, to cause mayhem in the state, Moshood said.

One of the persons arrested was identified as 31 years-old Kabiru Saidu, a.k.a Osama. The other was Nuhu Salisu, who is 25 years-old. The third person charged to court was identified as Alhaji Muhammed Audu, a politician, who is now said to be at large.

The police said they seized from the thugs and their gang members, two AK47 rifles, five pump action guns, two locally made pistols and heaps of charms.

According to the police, the men not only confessed to have been involved in several kidnappings in the state and environs, they also claimed to be hired thugs for politicians.

“According to the gang leader, Osama, he has been working as a political thug for one Alhaji Mohammed Audu a Politician in the State.

”He said Alhaji Mohammed Audu invited him to Abuja and introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye and they met on Airport road, Abuja inside the Senator Dino Melaye’s Car in the month of December, 2017.

“The suspect further confessed that Sen. Dino Melaye told him that they should start working for the Senator as his political thugs and they should recruit and train more other(sic) thugs to work for him in preparation toward 2019 General election to enable him (Sen. Dino Melaye) challenge his political opponents and disorganise Kogi State.

The police said Osama further confessed that Melaye handed over a bag containing one AK47 rifle, two Pump Action guns and the N430,000.00 to share with his boys.

“Consequent on the indictments and criminal confessions against Senator Dino Melaye by the principal suspect KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA “31 YRS”, Nigeria Police Force, wrote a letter dated 2nd of March, 2018 addressed to the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria informing and requesting him to release Senator Dino Melaye to report to Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command on the 7th March, 2018 to answer to criminal offences levelled against him, to enable the Police carry out a discreet investigation into the confessions of the principal suspect against Senator Dino Melaye. But Senator Dino Melaye have refused to honour the Police invitation till date.

“A case of Criminal Conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms have therefore been filed by the Nigeria Police Force at Federal High Court Lokoja on 16th March, 2018 against the two suspects mentioned above, Senator Dino Melaye and Alh. Mohammed Audu who is also a suspect in the matter and is now on the run.


Senate Raises Alarm Over NNPC’s Illegal Account

The Senate has raised alarm over an illegal account belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.

According to Senator Dino Melaye of APC Kogi West, who raised the alarm through a point of order is being operated by NNPC and some expatriates in the oil industry under the name of a registered company called Brass NLG Limited with the Federal Government controlling the account.

The Senate indicted the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of allegedly operating a N42. 005 billion illegal account.

According to him, the account which by extant laws is supposed to be domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is domiciled in a Keystone Bank and without Bank Verification Number (BVN).He alleged that periodic withdrawals are being made from the account, the latest of which was $4 million (N220 million), which he said made the account to now have a balance of $137 million (N41.785billion).

Senate President, Bukola Saraki ruled that the substantive motion on the alleged fraud would be deliberated upon today.Also yesterday, the Senate asked the NNPC to carry out immediate forensic audit of the controversial $16.3 billion Egina oil project.

The Senate ad-hoc committee on local content noted that the project being undertaken by Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, which started in 2013 and is almost 90 per cent completed has not been audited in any form since the commencement of the project estimated to produce 200, 000 barrels of oil per day

Chairman of the committee, Senator Solomon Adeola, in his opening remarks, said that the cost of the project was said to have been raised from $6 billion to $16.3 billion.NNPC Chief Operating Officer (Upstream) Bello Rabiu, in his testimony, told the committee that the contract sum for the Egina oil project remained $16.3 billion and not $6 billion.Out of the $16.3 billion, Rabiu said that they have already approved $10 billion for the project.

Meanwhile, state-owned Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC), Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (WRPC) and the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited will soon be funded by private financiers to perform at 90 per cent capacity, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Maikanti Baru, said yesterday in Abuja.At a meeting with the staff, Baru said the corporation was inching closer to arriving at the choice of financiers for the refineries.

Currently performing far below capacity, the feasibility of private funding of the refineries is expected to improve output and reduce importation of refined crude into the country and boost petroleum products supply as well as distribution in the nation.

There are also possibility of new refining capacities to come on board as two consortia have already indicated interest to co-locate refineries in Warri and Port Harcourt, while two Greenfields are expected later this year in Kano and Kaduna, Baru said.

According to him, agreements on the potential financiers for the refineries are being fine-tuned, following which the endorsement of the NNPC Board would be done this month.He described the procedure for electing the financiers as painstaking, noting, however, that it was necessary to enable a desired closure on the subject.


INEC Awaits Appeal Court Decision On Melaye’s Recall Process

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has said it would await Court of Appeal’s decision on the latest suit on the recall of Sen. Dino Melaye before taking further steps on it.

The commission disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday night in Abuja by Mr Solomon Soyebi, a National Commissioner, and its Chairman, Information, and Voter Education Committee.

INEC had in its amended timetable and schedule of activities on the recall of Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District at the Senate, planned to issue the notice for signatures verification on Tuesday.

The amendment of the timetable was made pursuant to the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

In its judgment in a suit filed by Melaye to stop the recall process, the court dismissed the action and ordered INEC to serve him personally with his constituents’ petition for his recall and all accompanying documents.

The court directed that the documents must be served on Melaye at least two weeks to the commencement of the exercise to enable him to prepare adequately for the verification.

Meanwhile, the commission stated that all attempts to serve the senator had been futile as he had made himself unavailable.

It stated that the Bailiff of the High Court accompanied by INEC officials had visited the office of the Senator at the National Assembly and his residence on six occasions but to no avail.

The senator’s office was found locked, and the officials were also not able to gain access to him at his residence.

It added that on the resumption of the Senate after its recess, the senator refused to accept service of the documents.

“The Commission approached the court for substituted service but was directed to make another attempt to serve the senator.

“When this failed again, the commission returned to the court to pursue the request for substituted service but the court declined jurisdiction as the appeal by the senator had been entered at the Court of Appeal.”

The commission added that as a result of Melaye’s refusal to accept service of the petition, it had not been able to proceed with the process as earlier scheduled.

According to it, service of the documents on Melaye has become a condition precedent to continuing the exercise.

“INEC has therefore decided that in line with its usual practice and in deference to the rule of law, it will await the outcome of the decision of the Appeal filed by the Senator,” it said.

The commission reiterated determination to faithfully discharge all its constitutional and statutory duties and responsibilities.

It added that in doing so, it was not only guided by the Constitutional and statutory provisions, but also by the interpretations given by the courts.

“INEC does not have any interest whatsoever in the outcome of the Kogi West petition for recall.

“Its interest is limited to ensuring that all electoral activities are undertaken in line with due process and without fear or favor.

“The commission owes this duty to all Nigerians and is prepared to proceed in earnest once all legal issues are resolved.”