The qualification scandal that has enveloped the
senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District at
the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Dino
Melaye, has deepened.
Documents obtained exclusively by Saturday PUNCH
through painstaking and thorough investigations
showed that the embattled senator has a Bachelor
of Arts certificate in Geography from the Ahmadu
Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.
The senator, apart from bagging a third class, also
possesses a diploma certificate from the University
of Jos.
However, the senator only has a statement of
results from ABU. And not only that, checks at the
university revealed that it only offers B.Sc.
Geography and not B.A. Geography as reflected on
Melaye’s statement of results.
Melaye’s trouble began on Monday, March 20,
2017 when an online news medium, Sahara
Reporters, in a tweet alleged that the senator did
not graduate from ABU for his first degree, against
his claim that he studied Geography in the
prestigious institution.
The news medium also alleged that Melaye, who is
the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital
Territory, bribed his Head of Department, who
assisted him to forge his transcript.
In a series of tweets via its Twitter handle,
@SaharaReporters, the online news medium said
some lecturers in the Geography Department
insisted that Melaye did not graduate from the
department and that his name was not on the
graduation list because he failed five compulsory
courses.
Following the report, which gained traction speedily,
Melaye dismissed the allegations, daring the news
medium to sue him if it had authentic evidence to
back its claims.
He took to his twitter handle and wrote, “Sahara
Reporters, please sue me and ABU if it is true that I
did not graduate from Zaria. Tell Magu (EFCC
Chairman) to arrest and prosecute me.”
Melaye also boasted that he was currently a
student in ABU pursuing his seventh degree, adding,
“Go round all the UNIS (universities) I attended in
digging more.”
A day after the news broke, Melaye, while speaking
on the floor of the Senate, also addressed himself
as an “authentic graduate” of ABU.
Meanwhile, when The PUNCH contacted ABU to
verify the conflicting information, the institution’s
Information Officer, Adamu Mohammed, promised
that the institution would come out with its position
on Wednesday, which it failed to do as of the time
of filing this report.
Amid the controversy, documents obtained by
Saturday PUNCH revealed that the senator had a
statement of results with the logo of ABU.
The statement of results read, “This is to certify
that Daniel Jonah Melaye having completed an
approved course of study and passed the
prescribed examinations as, under the authority of
the Senate been awarded the Bachelor of Arts
(Geography) with Third Class honours.”
The statement, issued by the Office of the
Registrar, Academic Office and dated February 3,
2000, was signed by B.B. Mshelthlila.
There are, however, certain discrepancies that beg
for more clarifications. For instance, in the
statement of results, his name was given as “Daniel
Jonah MELAYE.” However, checks by one of our
correspondents on https://abu.edu.ng/ revealed
that Geography is in the Faculty of Science and not
the Faculty of Arts as reflected in the statement of
results.
Also, in the senator’s NYSC discharge certificate,
which was issued on July 8, 2001, his name read
“Melaye Daniel” and not Daniel Jonah as shown in
the statement of results.
Also, in the diploma certificate issued to him by the
University of Jos on August 3, 2006, his name read
“Daniel Dino Melaye.”
He was issued an Advanced Diploma certificate in
Law, Security and Conflict Resolution. He finished
with ‘Lower Credit’ on August 3, 2006.
However, in his Senior School Certificate in 1992,
his name read ‘Melaiye Daniel Jonah O.’ with
Melaye being wrongly spelt.
In the result, he had P8 in English Language, P8 in
Mathematics, P8 in Geography, P8 in Chemistry, C5
in Christian Religious Knowledge, P7 in Economics,
C6 in Biology and B3 in Agric Science.
When contacted again by one of our correspondents
on his mobile telephone on Friday evening, the
Information Officer, ABU, Mr. Adamu Mohammed,
sounded hostile.
“Please, this is not official time; call me tomorrow,
thank you, goodnight,” he said and hung up.
It will be recalled that in furtherance to his defence,
Melaye had reportedly claimed that he obtained
degrees from the prestigious Harvard University,
London School of Economics and Political Science
and a post-graduate degree from the University of
Jos.
But in a swift response to an enquiry, Harvard
University, in a statement from the Registrar’s
office, on Thursday noted that Melaye was not a
graduate of the institution as he only completed a
week-long leadership seminar in November 2016.
The London School of Economics equally
responded on Thursday, saying there was no proof
on the institution’s database that Melaye obtained
any degree from the school.
But on Thursday, he filed a N5bn libel suit against
Sahara Reporters at a FCT High Court. Meanwhile,
given the Senate’s decision to investigate the
allegation and the uproar the report had generated,
Melaye had since taken to the social media to
exonerate himself of all the allegations.
Moments after he filed the suit, he took to the
social media to post pictures of the cover and
certification pages of his Master’s project, and a
group picture of his days as a corps member, even
though he was the only one not in uniform.
He wore a white T-shirt and blue shorts, adding
that he served in Kaduna State in 1999. The caption
on the picture read, “ABU 99 set at NYSC camp in
KD. Me in blue shorts.”
Also, on Friday, Wikipedia, had edited Melaye’s
profile to include ‘Certificate Scandal’, which briefly
chronicled the issues surrounding the ongoing
certificate brouhaha..

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