ABU Vice-Chancellor arrives National Assembly for Melaye’s certificate hearing

Dino Melaye

The Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, is now at the National Assembly for the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition hearing investigating the certificate scandal involving Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye.

The Senate had last week tasked the committee chaired by Samuel Anyanwu, PDP-Imo, to investigate the allegation that Mr. Melaye, APC-Kogi, did not graduate from ABU as he claims in official documentations.

That Senate’s resolution followed a motion by former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, who said the scandal had made the Senate subject of public ridicule.

Mr. Melaye claims eight degrees, including two from Harvard University and London School of Economics and Political Science, but Sahara Reporters reported how the two schools debunked the Senator’s claims.

Mr. Melaye is also present at the hearing currently underway.

The ABU had turned down earlier media inquiries to confirm whether Mr. Melaye graduated from the school.

Contacted by PREMIUM TIMES last week, the school’s management said it would only state its position if contacted by the Senate.

More to come.


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  • kusanagi

    “Ali Ndume, who said the scandal had made the Senate subject of public ridicule”

    ABU will be the subject of public ridicule if they come out and say he didn’t graduate as DINO did a masters course.
    ABU have few options here.
    The easiest thing for them to do is say he graduated but they’ve lost the records.

    • Nkem

      Very funny.

    • thusspokez

      who said the scandal had made the Senate subject of public ridicule”

      Are you forgetting the crooked Saraki aka Senate President?

      • kusanagi

        Nope of course not.

        Just quoting the article.

        The whole senate’s a joke. We all know this.

  • Sam

    Don’t be surprised, the Vice Chancellor will say he (Melaye) was a bonafide graduate of the university because they want to be proud of their HIGHLY EDUCATED alumnus, Melaye.

    • Salisu Ibrahim

      Don’t conclude on what you hardly know anything about. I was in same university within same period of study with Dino Melaye, he supposed to have graduated with his mate in 1999 but graduated in 2000 and was exempted from NYSC due to age. Though I graduated from Department of Political Science, Dino was admitted under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences the then FASS before the Faculty was splitted into Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Science while Geography was placed under Faculty of Science after accreditation by NUC…ABU remained the great University everyone is proud of today in Nigeria. So nobody is hiding anything. I dislike Dino for his pomposity, disrespect for constituted authority, lack manners of approach, non courtesy and condoning of corruption. I wonder how he gained access to the NA as Senator given his arrogant behaviour..

      • kusanagi

        “ABU remained the great University everyone is proud of today in Nigeria”.

        ‘Everyone’? or just you?

        ABU as far as I’m concerned are now a joke. Riddled with corruption in the same vein as the senate.

        A serious institution like LSE will respond through the media relations officer that they have no evidence that DINO graduated. A serious institution like Harvard will respond immediately that they have no records of DINO graduating.

        A joke institution will summon the dean and the board and have a marathon meeting to discuss whether or not to respond. This is not a serious institution.

        • Salisu Ibrahim

          This is your perception and you are entitle to your personal opinion.

  • tundemash

    How about the VCs for Harvard University and London School of Economics and Political Science ? ????? Useless Sinitors !

  • Citizen

    In saner clime, it is the Registrar that ascertains the status of a student. In this scenerio, it would have been better if the original certificate of our distinguished senator Dino Melaye is laid before the committee as a final prove of his graduation since he is yet to collect it from the University.

  • Nkem

    Nigeria! When you think this country can no longer shock you, suddenly you see something new. A whole Vice Chancellor of a first generation university will leave everything and travel all the way from Zaria just to come and tell the Senate whether or not one of its former students actually graduated from the school. In the first place when has it become the job of the Senate to investigate allegations of fraud or forgery. Shouldn’t that be the job of experts in the law enforcement agencies?

    • nikoroorire

      The power of lucre! This is really Nigeria for you where anything is possible.