Certificate Controversy: Dino Melaye’s schoolmate speaks

Dino Melaye

A schoolmate of controversial senator, Dino Melaye, at the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, has described the travails of the senator as retribution for his alleged past misdeeds.

‎Abdussobur Salaam, who now works at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB, spoke against the backdrop of the certificate controversy in which the senator is currently embroiled.

Critics and opponents have accused Mr. Melaye of lying that he graduated from ABU and said he has no certificate to prove he graduated. The lawmaker has, however, insisted he graduated from the university, one of Nigeria’s oldest universities.

Mr. Salaam, who spoke on a Penpushing social media platform and also confirmed his comments to PREMIUM TIMES, said he studied Political Science at ABU at the same time Mr. Melaye was a student in the Department of Geography at the university.

“Permit me to make an intervention on the issue of Dino and ABU, having been admitted and ‘graduated’ from ABU same year as Dino. I use the word ‘graduated’, very guardedly and with caution.

“Permit me to say that as at the time we were admitted, Geography Department was under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). In our 200 level, the Faculty was split and Geography Department had issues of where to fit in. It was initially placed under Faculty of Arts and later shifted to Faculty of Sciences where it is presently domiciled. The narrative on his certificate could be correct”, Mr. Salaam wrote.

“Dino and I are supposed to be ‘friends’ but differences never permitted while we were in school. Till date, we communicate once in a while, but I dare say he is the architect of his problems.

“I have spent all yesterday responding to enquiries on different platforms about Dino’s status as a graduate. My take?

“We were admitted the same year, initially into the same faculty of FASS, and given that our courses were four years, we ought to have graduated same year.

“However, recalling how studentship in ABU was that period, you could never be too sure of the academic status of any ‘student’.

“What do I mean? We had ‘students’ who were always around, attended lectures, participated in all student activities, were allocated hostel space, were always holding files and feigning academic seriousness, only for an issue to come up and you would find out that despite your having known them for years, they were never students but just lived pseudo student lives!”

Mr. Salaam, who was a former Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities at FUNAAB, said such attitudes of the fake students might make it difficult for any of their colleagues to believe that they were not authentic students.

“If they were never discovered, 20 years time, if a controversy arose as to their status, one would swear confidently that the person graduated!” ‎, he stated.

“While this is not exactly the same with Dino, you cannot be too sure until facts are unearthed.

“I know for a fact that we were admitted together. I am aware that he was very active in student political circles, though he has attempted to insinuate that he was SUG president to shore up his political profile. Unfortunately, during our time, under the reign of Uncle K, (General Kontagora as Sole Administrator) the student Union was proscribed, so that claim cannot stick! He lied on that!

“As President of Geography students, I am aware that he was impeached. I also know that he had fraud related issues with the Kogi State Students Association and Segun Halilu personally had lamented to me about this, then.

“I remember that he wanted to join the OAU students club then, and we blocked his membership, knowing his tendencies to cause confusion and take over the structure of the club for personal ends”.

Mr. Salaam said it is only the records of ABU that can state whether Mr. Melaye graduated from the university.

“On his status as a graduate, only the records can tell. For all you know, he may have had a few unresolved carry-overs. Knowing Dino, he may have bluffed, paid or manipulated the system to ensure those records are obliterated.

“If not, recall that given the circumstances of our year set, many concessions/ waivers were given to ensure that we graduated, having spent almost double the statutory length of years we should spend. Dino may just have been such a beneficiary of waivers. It is however not our place to tell, but the truth will unfold itself”, Mr. Salaam stressed.

“As a political scientist, what I see is a class fragmentation struggle. An in-house struggle within the elite class. Saraki and Dino are the subjects of attack today for takeover of the National Assembly. They may get over it or it may consume them.

“However, I do not have my sympathy for him (Mr. Melaye) because he is also a master in the art of subterfuge, blackmail and crude propaganda. Today, he is a victim of the same method he has adopted over the years and I am happy to see the tables turn!

“Unfortunately, issues like this have led to the results they were meant to produce – public hysteria! Everyone is now caught up in debates about the Dino certificate scandal, or is it Dinogate?

“Everyone includes me! Last two weeks, it was Apostle Suleiman. This week, it is Dino. Who knows who next week will throw up? While we dwell on personalities, and are distracted by their shenanigans, we continue to remain victims of the plots and scheming.

“At the end of the day, things like this die off, others take their place in an endless cycle of politics of personality. While the elite class continues to regale us with entertainment, the real problems of underdevelopment, poverty, poor infrastructure, bad governance, corruption, and other malaise remain! God help Nigeria!”, Mr. Salaam concluded.

Efforts to reach Me. Melaye on Mr. Salaam’s new claims of the former’s roles while in school including his alleged impeachment as a president of geography students were unsuccessful. The senator did not pick or return calls to his phone on Sunday.

The ABU has since refused to confirm or deny Mr. Melaye’s graduation status saying it would await the outcome of a Senate investigation into the matter.


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  • ps

    Premium Times please kindly look for BROCHURE FOR 2000 SET GRADUATION/CONVOCATION BOOKLET AND CHECK FOR HIS NAME THERE.
    If not,you and your organasition are just trying to blackmail the Senator.Please do the needful to put an end to this mess.

    • Tunsj

      The only institution that can put an end to this mess is ABU. Why is it taking them a long time? Premium Times has got nothing to do with this.

      • ps

        Why are they looking for his school mate rather than to look for the convocation booklet simple.

        • Tunsj

          Because ABU will not release the information.

          • ps

            They can source for it from ex-students of the school e.g. the lecturer in the above write-up

          • Tunsj

            It’s possible and I agree with you. Something is not right here at all. ABU can end this rumor and just say that he graduated.

          • ps

            If they can look for his O`level,Harvard,LSE,Statement of result while can they just look for the graduation booklet of that set.Thanks man and God bless you.But remember that no-matter how lies run truth will overtake it.

          • Tunsj

            God bless you too. I’m not a fan of Senator Dino but I hate ABU putting him through this. Is not fair at all. Release the information and move on. Period.

          • OGK

            Abu has never been a normal uni. Remember, it was and it is still the only uni to be headed by a military administrator. God, the may the spirit of IBB rot in he’ll.

          • Manuel Tobby

            please the booklet is not a proof of graduation pls

          • Mikogo

            You are a disgrace to sound moral and ethics.

          • Netanyahu

            Has this your thing started again? I thought it used to be around the end of the year?

        • wonderboi

          I wonder ooo, you say Nigeria they operate padi padi system of government

        • Manuel Tobby

          share the booklet since u have it na!!!!!! do that as yr support for d truth!!!

        • Afo

          The booklet will not disclose that he was impeached for stealing TV or that he committed fraud in Kogi Student Association.

      • MASCOT

        I knew this will come up one day because I can remember vividly that during my final year in school Dino came back to the campus after leaving the NYC camp. Every morning he was in front of Suleiman Hall dressed in His NYSC Kaki. There were rumors all over the campus that he didn’t graduate, that was why he came back to show off that he just left the camp. He wore the Kaki for two weeks that time. If he actually graduated from ABU I dont think he would have come back to ABU wearing his Kaki for two weeks instead he would have gone home.

      • Netanyahu

        Who are you asking then? Some of you seem to be losing your mind.

  • rasheed ogunbunmi

    Nemesis or what should I say caught up with him.well time shall tell where he belong.

  • musa aliyu

    This crook will soon be nailed. Nincompoop.

  • Olatubosun

    You’ve collected money….

  • Olatubosun

    You lied

  • Olatubosun

    Melaye didn’t finish from ABU

    • Tunsj

      ABU can put a stop to this.

  • Olatubosun

    Melaye must be impeached immediately

  • Olatubosun

    You will soon be nailed to death

  • Olatubosun

    Useless melaye will rot in jail

  • Arabakpura

    Here is a third libel suit for Dino the crook to institute! This should worth like 10 billion Naira since that of Saharareporters has been upgraded to 1 trillion Naira! By the time Dino is done with the courts, he will claim another degree in law!

    • duwdu

      Hahaha!

      Actually, the mere fact he (Melaye) said he would send Sowore of SR to jail, automatically means Dino Melaye is a SAN!

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  • Arabakpura

    Can the senate please suspend Dino Melaye? His presence there has become very bad for our country and our youths! They should find a way to send him on break! His conduct is unpardonable!

    • Sam

      May be after his tenure

    • Bakanridi

      Of course I agree with you in toto. I hope the Senate will give him the treatment he got when he was a reps member during the Dimeji Bankole tenure.

  • Höly Wähala

    We’re getting there… at least, somebody saw Dino on campus.
    If as Mr. Salaam claims only the university can confirm if Dino Melaye graduated from ABU, and since the Ethics Cmte at the Senate is investigating this whole saga, I’d rather wait for the outcome of that report… this Salaam man sounds like he still has grudges to pick with Dino. However, I don’t believe Dino can influence both his Senate comrades and university to sway them into lying on his behalf, I’m still staking my money that Sen. Dino Melaye is a bona fide graduate of ABU. Moreso, he has vowed to make sure Sowore goes to prison for this, that sound like a man full of confidence about his ABU academic records. LoL!

    • OGK

      Unfortunately, you have so much confidence in the senate committee on ethics. By its antecedents, the Senate has never indicted its own even when it is glaring. Remember, Dino is a member of this committee. Ethics my foot. My prediction:The probe would be inconclusive until the debate wears out. Dino and his schemers would arrange someone to go to court for an injunction to stop the committee. Then we would hear something like because it is in court we cannot discuss it further. But would it wash, considering the fact that it was this same Dino who blasted the attorney-general for reminding the senate that the issue of the customs boss wearing uniform was before the courts. Did I hear you chuckling, ‘what goes round comes round’. Welcome to DINOGATE

    • share Idea

      The more PT and SR seek for more information to damage Dino the more they make his case easier for the discerning minds to believe Dino.

      According to the man in the article, he was in school with Dino, which means Dino went to ABU. Secondly, the man said Dino was impeached which supposes that he was once a leader in one of schools post ( which could be SUG president as alleged by Dino), impeachment does not mean the same thing as rustication.

      The person, at the end made a good case for Dino by claiming that only the school can determine if Dino actually graduated or not, thus, making a mockery of intentions of PT on this case.

      • Mufu Ola

        SR never wrote that Melaye didn’t attend ABU. Their allegation is that he never graduated there.

        • Akeem

          Don’t mind @share idea…he/she’s suffering from ‘selective comprehension disorder’…

    • duwdu

      Even with all the other major claims to academic achievements by Melaye promptly debunked and denied by the prestigious institutions (Harvard and the London School of Economics) involved, you still believe Melaye could be telling the whole truth about his time at A.B.U?

      Kontinu, you hear. After all, there can be only one Höly Wähala! Hehehe.

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  • dele20

    Hmmmmm

  • Nkem

    This must be a joke. Nigerian universities! So you fail a course(s) but then get a waiver/ concession so that you can ‘graduate’? Just like they do at Customs with custom duties? UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    • ps

      Some school waive courses(s) not more than 2 or 3.Which must not be a compulsory course of the department,the school (Uni)courses eg GST ( use of English),faculty course. But some school will give them summer exams.

      • Sir Demo

        Which school waive courses? I love Great Ife, once you registered for a course you must pass it, even if it takes you 10 years and you make the minimum CGPA to remain a student

        • Akeem

          GREAT IFE!!!

    • Bayo

      Dino failed 4 courses the same year he claimed he graduated.
      He claimed he served (NYSC) in 1999 but the date on his result is 2000.

    • AryLoyds

      First i like that Gucci Belt in the picture , and thats a senator with class hmmm:) ABU should protect its reputation, Cos dirty politician’s come and go, but great institutions remain citadels of learning for generations.

      • Bakanridi

        I wonder what took ABU that long to clarify the certificate controversy? Or is it afraid that it budget will not be approved by the Senate?We are anxiously waiting to hear from the University. From what I learnt of The incumbent VC, he is also forthright and a man of principle and integrity. He was once the VC of KSUT where he challenged the then Kano State Governor at court over his sudden relieved of his appointment as VC before the expiration of his tenure. I am sure he will not keep quite and allow the name of this prestigious university to be dragged in the mud.

  • Okokondem

    “At the end of the day, things like this die off, others take their place in an endless cycle of politics of personality. While the elite class continues to regale us with entertainment, the real problems of underdevelopment, poverty, poor infrastructure, bad governance, corruption, and other malaise remain! God help Nigeria!”, Mr. Salaam concluded.

    This statement above in my opinion, is the most relevant of the entire interview but you wouldn’t know it by the reviews and the reactions expressed here that is more concerned with the salacious nature of the allegation. The Nigerian ruling class has mastered the art of keeping the public occupied with politics of personalities rather than policies and substance.

  • Okons

    @disqus_llPIQ7cNxP:disqus

    THIS IS THE MOST HONEST, MOST TRUTHFUL INTERVIEW I HAVE READ IN NIGERIA.

    FOR SO LONG AS THERE ARE STILL HONEST WITNESSES LIKE Abdussobur Salaam,

    THERE IS A SLENDER HOPE THAT NIGERIA CAN SURVIVE AND BECOME A COUNTRY.

    • Elderman Manny

      @disqus_7IrPmfk0TY:disqus

      This interview reveals so many things. The most important thing is that the Geography department
      was finally in the Faculty of Social Sciences during the studentship of Dino Melaye, according to this
      witness who was a fellow student in the same year as Dino Melaye. Therefore it follows that the B.A
      Geography certificate Dino Melaye is reported to have filed as his statement of result is inauthentic.

      • ZebraCrosser

        Of course, there’s no presumed truth to a Bachelors of Arts degree (B.A degree) supposedly
        issuing from a Faculty of Social sciences. It’s a contradiction of terms. Arts is arts and science is science.
        The two are separate. Nigeria’s commentators are almost wholly correct on the Dino Melaye certificate,
        because Dino Melaye who proffers and alleges it as true is the one to prove the certificate’s genuineness.

      • dami.olas.

        @disqus_7IrPmfk0TY:disqus: So far as I can see,
        this B.A Geography certificate looks irregular on its face as a statement of
        result from a university. Nothing that Dino Melaye said at his own press conference
        few days ago gives any credibility to this highly irregular certificate. The
        public is right to express doubt and go so far as to say the certificate is
        forged. The law is that serious discussion on a matter of public
        interest involving a Senator in likely fraudulence can’t ever be
        stopped by a court injunction. Equity does not aid a criminal.

        • ?????????

          HOW COME NOBODY WHO GRADUATE FROM THE SAME UNIVERSITY IN HIS SAME CLASS,

          WAS AWARDED B.A DEGREE IN GEOGRAPHY, EXCEPT THIS DUBIOUS DINO MELAYE?

          • duwdu

            Good thinking.

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      • Opekete

        I am still laughing. Dino has told many lies that it is becoming impossible for him to reconcile his deceptions.

      • Ish Adam

        It is not Dino’s fault that the certificate reas B.A. Arts. Why is Geography a Social Science or Arts program?

  • Rommel

    HahahahahahahahahLol! is that not how they claimed that president Jonathan was duly obtained a Phd despite not being able to make a coherent 4 line statement in English language, meanwhile no one can be identified as his external examiner which is incredible

    • John A

      Your hatred toward Jonathan will destroy you.
      What has Jonathan got to do with Dino issue?

      • Bakanridi

        Why are you so sentimental about his comment?Can you also tell us who was your “beloved Oga” PhD external examiner?We are waiting for your response asap.

        • stackCrawler

          Lool abi ooo

  • Manuel Tobby

    i am too sure Dina was never a SUG President!!!!!!

  • Ish Adam

    This man has just confirmed in a way that Dino graduated from ABU. The governing authority of universities have the authority to waive and grant certificates to students on certain grounds . I am an academic and this incident happened in Canada where I reside . About seven years ago ,a student failed my course and the school authority passed him because they did not want him to remain at the school . I was only informed about what the school authority did out of courtesy ,there was nothing I could do about it. A lot of people are ignorant about the politics in the academic world. Dino is a graduate of ABU. Period!

    • Bakanridi

      Can you prove that “Mr Lecturer”? Or are you also compromised?

      • Cameo2017

        @ish_adam:disqus:

        NO UNIVERSITY CAN AWARD A VALID DEGREE IN VIOLATION OF ITS ESTABLISHMENT LAW.
        THE LAW STIPULATES THE HOURS AND CREDITS A STUDENT MUST LOG TO GET A DEGREE.
        NOBODY CAN BE A GENUINE GRADUATE OF ANY UNIVERSITY WITHOUT REQUIRED CREDITS.

    • duwdu

      You’re a liar, @Ish Adam. You were “informed out of courtesy” my foot! In any case, what’s your proof the person who you claimed informed you “out of courtesy,” was not lying to you?

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    • Arkhuma

      I wonder what sort of school you claim to lecture in. The narrative of his classmate did not confirm or deny that he’s a graduate. As crude as the University system is in Nigeria, delibrations such as waiving a course for a student are always discussed in the faculty board before it is sent to the University Senate for approval. Even the VC has no power to take such decision without the approval of the Senate. In taking a stand on this Dino’s case, the facts established so far are; he has no certificate for his first degree, his O’level is too abysmal to have been used for admission, many institutions he claimed he attended have denied him, the statement of results he holds looks very suspect, nobody from ABU, lecturers inclusive, has come out to affirm his position that he graduated, courses were listed as outstanding for him with no records that he had passed them, his accounts of student unionism have been punctured by various sources, his name is missing in the alumni list and the convocation list….. These facts continue to grow by the day and they can’t be wished away. I think that ABU itself is a very poorly run school and they have demonstrated this by not taking a cue from renowned institutions who immediately clarified his status with respect to his claims. I feel there’s no evidence that ABU could reveal and they are desperately trying to buy time. As for Dino, the evil that man bring forth will eventually haunt them.

    • Sir Demo

      Your story do not add up except you are lecturing in one of those Omisore schools whose certificate worthy nothing except to fraudulent politicians. To change a mark,mother discussing straits from the Department and then the faculty and must be taken to the Senate Examination Committee! That is, there are records.

  • Myson

    From the Dino classmate narration, Could it be that Dino Maleye was employed as one of the spies by ABU authority to spy on Students of the institution for University authority? As spy, they act as student but they are not student. That’s why university authority will give them hostel space, assigned them to class to attend lectures, do everything other students does and they can stay longer in school more than the period of their assigned course duration.
    In US some FBI employees works as Postal delivery persons. In some Universities in US, some FBI employee works as Security officers and you will not know they work for FBI,

    • John A

      You should be very ashamed of your post, from not been a student to a spy.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    My question is,was it only dino that studied geography, didn’t he has a class mate? Didn’t he has lectural that knows him? Wasn’t there a record?

    • Freedom Bini

      I bi like say you no know wetin dem dey tolk. Every of his follow don leave school 12 years and them make Dino the Emir of ABU.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Hahahaha, u Na don crack ma ribs oh. So hin com b don dink for school. His mates are invisible. See trouble for the liar. Don’t you notice his shakara has gone down these days. He no longer has the mouth to talk lavishly again.

    • Charles

      do you have any problem with the chancellor clarification?

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Perhaps

  • woman leader1

    Dina has no certificate.

    • stackCrawler

      He is counterfeit

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o….

      He doesn’t have certificate

  • front man

    If truly Dino graduated from ABU he should tell us his course mate so that Nigerians can confirm his claims

    • stackCrawler

      He is just a liar

    • Otile

      When he threatened to impregnate Chief Tinubu’s wife, didn’t you know he was digging his own grave?

  • front man

    Dino mr fake

    • stackCrawler

      THAts what he is

    • Olatubosun

      Everything about him is fake

  • front man

    Dino your Time is up

    • stackCrawler

      Yes ohhh : time to go

  • stackCrawler

    Dino needs to get out

    • Olatubosun

      Sure

    • Julius

      No, not yet, let him humiliate himself some more !. They are all shameless anyway but, they do give us something to laugh about instead of crying.

    • dele20

      Hmm, Mr. ABU certificate

  • stackCrawler

    Dino Dino

  • Otile

    Salaam, with a friend like you Dino needs no more enemies. Salaam Alekun.

    • Julius

      Ain’t you Dino’s ardent backer a week ago ? Chei ..daris God ooooooo !!. With a friend like you, who need an enemy indeed. I see that you didn’t like what the guy had to say. Oya, begin dey insult his religion.

  • Keen Observer

    ……lolzzzzz……

  • Olatubosun

    Dino should be sent out from senates house

  • Olatubosun

    Melaye needs to be impeached

    • suleiman

      Did you mean recalled? You cannot impeach a senator or an elected legislator. He/she can only be recalled. Pol Sc 101 please

  • Olatubosun

    Dino…………. Is so Useless

  • Shehu Monguno

    I entered A.B.U the same year with Daniel Jonah Melaye aka Dino (we actually gave him the nickname Dino) and we graduated the same year. I knew Dino (the noise maker) as I us to call him then very well in school. Like Dino, hate him Dino graduated. If he never did A.B.U would have said so by now

    • Susan

      Was he at your convocation?

      • Shehu Monguno

        YES HE WAS!!!!!!!!

        • lukas

          nice one MR. SHEHU M. God bless u for this light

    • ps

      So you send 8years in school? Please kindly help us to publish the convocation booklet,the cover page and the page where Dino name and grade appear.Thanks and God bless you for doing that ,i think that will put an end to all these rumours.

      • Shehu Monguno

        All ABU Zaria students spent at least 3 extra sessions in school for no fault of theirs. National ASUU closed ABU Zaria for 1 session, ABU local ASUU closed ABU Zaria for another session, Major General Mmman Kontagora closed ABU Zaria for another 14 months. It was terrible

      • Shehu Monguno

        The Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ibrahim Garab, has confirmed Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi State, graduated from the school.

        Mr. Garba made the confirmation at the investigative hearing hearing of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Monday.

        He said, “From records, Mr. Melaye ‘formerly known as Daniel Jonah Melaye’ graduated from ABU with Third Class BA Geography in 2000.”
        Mr. Melaye said he later changed his name.

  • Emeka

    You shouldn’t speak in this mater. You know very little about the senator. Yet too of you were neither in the same department now very close friends. You admitted that some of your fellow students were never genuine ones even though they carry files and showed serious commitment. So I wonder why you choose to talk on a mater you know very little about. Let me advise you, never you again,just because your mouth is itching, talk on a very important issue like this when you don’t have your facts straight.

    • Susan

      You are not in any position to determine that that either.

    • lukas

      young man, hope u r not sick. wats ur problem, has he use ur mouth to speak? live Senator Dino alone

  • brightasuquoakpan

    Settle your issues with him before you can speak well on this matter.

  • LagosBoy

    This Dino guy hen, Make i just reserve my comment for a latter time. Cos i have a lot to say. But lets wait the outcome of what our evergreen house committee on ethics has to say.

    God bless Nigeria and God bless us all..