London School of Economics denies Melaye’s ‘graduate’ claims

The London School of Economics has refuted claims made by Dino Melaye that he is a graduate of the school.

An exclusive report by Sahara Reporters revealed that Melaye, a Nigerian Senator, had fabricated claims of attending the London School of Economics.

Candy Gibson, Senior Media Relations Officer at the LSE, stated that “We have checked our records and can find no evidence of Dino Melaye having any degree qualification from the London School of Economics and Political Science.”

Senator Melaye, known for his flamboyance, had claimed severally in recent past that he has seven degrees from different institutions of repute, including Harvard University and the London School of Economics.

Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District, had come under scrutiny after a report leaked in the media that he did not graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria as claimed.

Management of ABU had initially promised to issue a release on their findings regarding the scandal on Melaye’s claims of being a graduate of the institution; however, the university (ABU) backed out from its promise, further raising suspicion that something may be fishy regarding Melaye’s claims.

Harvard University has, also, dissociated itself from Melaye regarding claims that he graduated from the institution. The registrar’s office at Harvard said that though Melaye once participated in a week-long leadership seminar held at the university in November 2016, that neither confers the status of a student or a graduate on him, thereby making claims of being a graduate of the institution falsehood.

The Nigerian Senate is, however, investigating claims that Melaye had fraudulently obtained the ABU certificate which he claims to have earned.

Certificate Scandal: ABU keeps mum on Melaye

The management of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria has reneged on its promise to make a public statement regarding the certificate scandal surrounding Senator Dino Melaye (APC: Kogi).

ABU had earlier promised to issue a statement in response to allegations that Sen. Melaye did not graduate from the university as claimed, making claims of being a graduate of the institution tantamount to fraud.

According to reports from a newspaper, the Information Officer of Ahmadu Bello University, Mr. Adam Mohammed had declined responding to the issue as promised by the university, even becoming verbally aggressive when pressed further on the issue.

Senator Melaye has, however, threatened to sue Sahara Reporters, the news medium that broke the news, for defamation and will be demanding a N5bn compensation as a result.

Certificate Scandal: ABU to issue statement on Melaye

The Management of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria has announced it will make a statement regarding allegations that Senator Dino Melaye did not graduate from the university.

The Information Officer of the university, Mr. Adamu Muhammed, said that ABU would make a formal statement on the issue today.

“We are gathering all the facts from the faculty and the department concern and we will issue a press statement tomorrow (today),” Muhammed said.

The statement, when released, will add a new dimension to the claims that Melaye had obtained a fake certificate due to inability to graduate from the institution.

The Senate had, on Tuesday, announced it would investigate the allegation, noting that similar issues in the past had been probed by the Legislature.

The move to investigate is based on a point of order inititated by Senator Ali Ndume at the Senate Plenary session on Tuesday.

“During the 4th Assembly, Salisu Buhari was accused of certificate forgery; he was investigated and his fate 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 National Assembly, Dimeji Bankole was accused of not having NYSC certificate; it was investigated and he had to show his NYSC certificate.

“Now, that brings me to the second matter. In the National Assembly, here in the Senate of the 4th Assembly, Enwerem was accused and it was also investigated. Wabara was accused of collecting a bribe and it was investigated and determined. So, a lot of precedence had been set. Now, the second matter of privilege affects my colleague, Sheikh Dino Melaye, and it is in The Punch of today (Tuesday) on Page 10; I have the newspaper. In The Punch, it says, ‘Dino Melaye in first degree certificate scandal.’”

“Therefore, accordingly, I will appeal we refer the matter to the Ethics and Privileges Committee to investigate so that our colleagues would be cleared and this Senate will stand as it is supposed to.”

Melaye, however, said he is open to being investigated.

“I’m here to respond to the issue raised by the … senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ali Ndume. I want to say, to me, it is a welcome development. Democracy is about investigation and no senator is above investigation. To me, it is a welcome development and it will finally clear the air on all the malicious and vindictive allegations.

“To say that I did not graduate from ABU is to say that I am not a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ABU is a very prestigious university in this country and it is not possible for one to be running a Master’s programme in the university when one did not graduate from a university. I have successfully completed one and I am doing the second one.

“I want to announce that this is the eighth degree that I am pursuing. I am also a graduate of the University of Abuja, where I did Master’s in Policy Analysis. I am a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science. I am also a graduate of Harvard University. The course I am pursuing now will make it my eighth degree.”

“I have my admission letters, results, certificate of discharge from ABU. Not only that, I was the Student Union Government President of ABU. On three occasions, I was the most popular student on campus.”

 

Senate begins investigating N298m SUV linked to Saraki; Melaye’s certificate scandal

The Nigerian Senate has begun investigating claims that a bullet-proof Range Rover worth N298 million seized by the Nigeria Customs Service belongs to Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate.

Simultaneously, investigation has also commenced into a certificate scandal involving Senator Dino Melaye, following claims that he did not graduate from the university.

Sahara Reporters disclosed in a report on March 18, 2017 that the reason the Nigerian Senate seem to be at loggerheads with the Controller General of the Nigeria Customs, Co. Hammed Ali, is due to the seizure of the SUV said to belong to the Senate President.

SR noted in its disclosure that the SUV was intercepted and impounded January 11, 2017 for having fake documents.

The online medium, also, revealed that the certificate being used by Dino Melaye, allegedly issued by the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna, is a fake one.

Senator Ali Ndume, former Majority Leader of the Senate, said at the plenary session of the Upper Legislative House on Tuesday that Melaye’s case should not be ignored as similar cases in the past were probed.

“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. It says 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 train 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 (Senate) 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 had to show his NYSC certificate.

“Now, that brings me to the second matter. In the National Assembly, here in the Senate of 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 precedences have been set. Now, the second matter of privilege affects my colleague, Sheikh Dino Melaye, and it is in the Punch of today (Tuesday) on Page 10; I have the newspaper. In Punch, it says, ‘Dino Melaye in first-degree certificate scandal.’”

“Therefore, accordingly, I will appeal we refer the matter to Ethics and Privileges to investigate so that our colleagues would be cleared and this Senate will stand as it is supposed to.”

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, while presiding over the plenary session, referred the matter to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which is expected to file a report within the next four weeks.

Despite the allegations, the Senate President, through Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said the allegations “lacks basis as it was outright falsehood.”

Olaniyonu said Senator Saraki has no relationship whatsoever with the car, pointing out that the fake documents were clear evidence of his non-involvment.

“A supplier was engaged by the Senate to supply a vehicle. While transferring the vehicle between Lagos and Abuja, it was impounded by the Customs. We believe that is an issue between the supplier and the Customs because the Senate has not taken delivery. So, why is somebody trying to drag in the name of Saraki into the issue.

“The documents on the vehicle are there for the general public to view and make their conclusions. Now that the matter has been referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, all the facts will be out.”

Senator Melaye, in his reaction to the certificate scandal, however, said he is open to being investigated.

“I want to say, to me, it is a welcome development. Democracy is about investigation and no senator is above investigation. To me, it is a welcome development and it will finally clear the air on all the malicious and vindictive allegations.

“To say that I did not graduate from ABU is to say that I am not a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ABU is a very prestigious university in this country and it is not possible for one to be running a master’s programme in the university when one did not graduate from a university. I have successfully completed one and I am doing the second one.

“I want to announce that this is the eighth degree that I am pursuing. I am also a graduate of University of Abuja, where I did Masters in Policy Analysis. I am a graduate of London School of Economics and Political Science. I am also a graduate of Harvard University. The course I am pursuing now will make it my eighth degree.”

“I have my admission letters, results, certificate of discharge from ABU. Not only that; I was the Student Union Government President of ABU. On three occasions, I was the most popular student on campus.”