Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly has been entangled in a certificate controversy following a revelation that his claim of holding a first degree in Geography from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state, is false as he never graduated from the institution.
Senator Melaye, famed for his controversial position on national matters recently alerted Nigerians that there was a brewing plot to carry fictitious allegations against him.
He believes was planned in order to get him to face the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) because he was a major force that stood against the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the anti-graft organisation.
Confirming that Senator Melaye never completed his first-degree programme, SaharaReporters, in a series of tweets on its Twitter handle, @SaharaReporters, on Monday, 20 March, claimed that the report was true.
The online medium further claimed that Melaye allegedly bribed his Head of Department, “who assisted him to forge his transcript”. In addition, it also claimed that the DSS was informed about the issue but that the security agency covered it up and allowed the man blossom.
According to SaharaReporters:
“University teachers at the Geography Department of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria insist that @dino_melayo did not graduate, bribed his HOD/1.”
“Exams Officers at ABU, Zaria insist that @dino_melaye never graduated from Geography Department, they said Dino’s name was not on the graduation list.
“Exam officers stated that @dino_melaye failed GENS 201, GEOG 307 (Long Field Trip Course), GEOG 404, GEOG 411 and GEOG 426.
“At least 3 Exam Officers at ABU, Zaria insist that @dino_melaye never graduated from Geography Dept, DG DSS alerted but covered it up.
“@dino_melaye didn’t graduate from ABU, he applied for a PG programme at UNIJOS, he came to ABU for transcript, none could be provided/1.
“Exam officers, speaking on @dino_melaye’s academic scandal, said his HOD, …, assisted him to forge his transcript.
“@DinoMelaye went ahead to do a PG at UNIJOS without any transcript from ABU, Geo Dept. couldn’t provide, despite pressure.”
Reacting to the development, many Nigerians were of the opinion that Melaye was being tackled by the government for opposing the administration of president Muhammadu Buhari on certain issues. They also urged the Senator to put the government to shame by providing proof that he, indeed, graduated.
Meanwhile, the Information Officer, ABU, Mr. Adamu Mohammed, when contacted by a correspondent of Punch on the telephone on Monday, said he had no facts at his disposals on whether or not Dino Melaye graduated from the university. Mohammed asked to be given up until (Tuesday) today, to check.
The ABU spokesman said;
“Now that you have told me, I need to go and find out. I will have to go and find out the facts from the department. I don’t know.
“ABU has graduated several thousands of students over the years. Dino Melaye is just one student among thousands of the students. So, we have to find out. We have to go to the department to find out the truth about that.
“So, by tomorrow morning, I should be able to find out for you. All the administrative officers in that department must have left office by now. Tomorrow by 10 am or 11 am thereabouts, I should have gotten my facts.”