Ahmadu Bello University’s Vice Chancellor has today confirmed that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from the school, although under a different name, the Guardian reports.
“From records, Dino formerly known as Daniel Jonah Melaye graduated from ABU, BA Geography” Professor Ibrahim Garba said while appearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics to Privileges on Monday. He said the senator graduated in 2000 with a third class.
The Senate had on March 21, 2017, mandated the Committee to investigate an allegation by an online medium, Sahara Reporters, that Melaye did not finish university education at ABU. This followed a point of order raised by former Leader of the Senate, Mohammed Ndume, during plenary.
Melaye, who also appeared before Committee to defend himself against the allegation, presented documents such as acceptance letter, acceptance of offer of admission, result and final year dissertation to buttress his claims of being an ABU alumni. He stated that he was yet to collect his original certificate from the university.
Curiously, however, the senator said he changed his name from Daniel Melaye to Dino Melaye but did not present any affidavit to back up that claim.
Senator Ndume whose point order led to the senate investigation said he raised the issue during plenary last Tuesday because he wanted to protect the Upper Chamber’s integrity and did not expect it to generate any controversy.