The Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ibrahim Garba, has confirmed that Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi State, graduated from the school.
Mr. Garba made the confirmation at an investigative hearing of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Monday.
He said, “From records, Mr. Melaye, formerly known as Daniel Jonah Melaye graduated, graduated from ABU with Third Class BA Geography in 2000”.
At the hearing, Mr. Melaye said he later changed his name officially from “Daniel Jonah Melaye” to “Dino Melaye” and expressed readiness to tender an affidavit backing the change of name.
He tendered the admission letter he received from ABU, his acceptance of offer, statement of result and final year project before the probe committee.
When asked by Matthew Urhoghide, APC-Edo, for his original degree certificate, Mr. Melaye said he was yet to collect it.
Mr. Melaye said he served the compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps programme at the police college in Kaduna State.
He tendered his NYSC discharge certificate which, according to Peter Nwaoboshi, PDP-Delta, showed Mr. Melaye served between 2000 and 2001.
Both Mr. Melaye and the ABU vice chancellor spoke under oath before the committee.
The Senate had last week tasked the committee chaired by Samuel Anyanwu, PDP-Imo, to investigate an allegation that Mr. Melaye, APC-Kogi, did not graduate from ABU as he claimed.
The Senate’s resolution followed a motion by former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, who said the controversy over Mr. Melaye’s degree certificate, had made the Senate the subject of public ridicule.
After the ABU’s affirmation of Mr. Melaye as its alumnus, Mr. Ndume said he was satisfied with the outcome of the probe, and that he believed Mr. Melaye indeed graduated from the school.
“There is no big deal,” Mr. Ndume said, explaining that he only relied on what was published by the media.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is now before the committee which is also investigating an allegation that he imported a bullet-proof Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle with fake Customs papers.