Melaye graduated with 3rd Class from ABU, VC tells Senate
By Titus Agbo
Senator Dino Melaye has been cleared of certificate scandal arising from the allegation that he did not graduate from the university leveled against him by the former Senate Leader Senator Ali Ndume.
THE Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Professor Ibrahim Garba told the Senate Monday that Senator Dino Melaye, All Progressives Party ( APC), Kogi West graduated from the Institution in 2000.
The Vice Chancellor made the clarification when he appeared before the Senator Samuel Anyanwu, Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Imo East led Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, stressing that Senator Melaye graduated from ABU with a third class degree , Bachelor of Arts( Honours) in Geography.
Said he, Senator Melaye was a student of ABU with the name Jonah Daniel Melaye.
The Vice Chancellor swore to an oath at 1.41pm, before he was asked questions on whether Melaye graduated from the institution.
The Committee had last week written summoned the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Garba to appear before it on Monday to explain his side of the story regarding the alleged certificate scandal levelled against Senator Din Melaye.
The Senate had last week, commenced an investigation into allegation that Senate President Bukola Saraki went on a vengeance mission against Customs Comptroller General, Col. Hameed Ali after the agency impounded a bulletproof SUV valued at N298 million imported into the country by him because of his alleged refusal to pay the Customs appropriate duty of N74 million.
The Senate Committee was also probing the alleged certificate scandal levelled against Senator Dino Melaye, that he did not graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the plenary session at the time had referred the two issues to it for thorough investigation and given within four weeks to report back.
Ekweremadu had said, “The matter is referred to the committee on Ethics and Privileges and to report back in four weeks.”
The resolution of the Senate then followed a point of order raised by the immediate past Senate leader, Senator Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South.
Senator Ndume in his presentation said that as a tradition of the National Assembly where allegations were raised against principal officers and members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, with such cases referred to various Committees and investigated, the 8th Senate must emulate its predecessors by investigating Saraki and Melaye, adding that in the spirit of transparency, orders 14 and 15 of the senate standing rules be adhered to.
He based his motion on separate publications by an online medium last weekend against Saraki and Melaye, saying, “These matters that border on our privileges came up. One has to do with the distinguished senator Bukola Saraki, the senate president and it was reported in a paper I have it here with your permission I will want to after making presentation lay it down that Senate on vengeance after Nigeria Customs seized senator Saraki’s bullet proof Range Rover over fake documents. “My colleagues that are following events particularly online have seen, heard or read the rein of abuses on this senate and the misconception of the fact that we invited the customs CG based on a very unpopular policy that affects the people we represent but now we are faced with this and the president has been found in this National Assembly. “During the 4th Assembly, Salisu Buhari was accused of certificate forgery, he was investigated and determined after that in the 5th Assembly, Bello Masari was accused of certificate forgery (secondary school) it was investigated and was cleared. In the 6th senate, Dimeji Bankole was accused of not having NYSC certificate, it was investigated and he has to show his NYSC certificate. “Now, that brings me to the second matter, in the National Assembly here in the senate. In the 4th Assembly, Enwerem was accused and it was also investigated, Wabara was accused of collecting bribe and it was investigated and determined. So, a lot of precedence have been set. Now the second matter of privilegeee affects my colleague Sheikh Dino Melaye and it is in the Punch of today page 10 and I have the newspaper. But in Punch, it says “Dino Melaye in first degree certificate scandal…”. “Another online paper, Dailypost also it says “Dino Melaye allegedly did not graduate from university”. Therefore, accordingly I will appeal we refer these matters to ethics and privileges to investigate so that our colleagues would be cleared and this senate will stand as it supposed to.”