Certificate scandal: ABU reverses decision to release statement

The management of Ahmadu Bello University on Wednesday reversed its decision to publish a statement addressing claims that Senator Dino Melaye didn’t graduate from the institution as claimed.

The Information Officer of the institution had said, “We are gathering all the facts from the faculty and department, and will make a press statement tomorrow. Thanks.”

But on Wednesday, the school refused to release a statement.

When contacted, the Information officer said, #ABU is not a motor park institution. We have ways of checking our systems for facts and records on such an issue. If your newspaper wants any information on the Melaye issue or any issue at all, you can write the vice-chancellor,” he said.

A top source at the institution, who pleaded not to be named, said there appeared to be a problem with the senator’s Bachelor’s degree in Geography, adding that the management was being careful because of the political implication of the matter.

“What I can tell you is that I know that the senator in the eye of the storm, I think, he did his Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIAD) in the university and ABU, as an organised university, cannot admit any student without a first degree to study for a postgraduate degree.

“But I don’t know whether he used the BSc degree in Geography to apply for admission or not. For me, I don’t see anything wrong in the university issuing a statement to clear the air on the matter,” the source stated.

Recall that online medium, SaharaReporters had alleged that Melaye did not graduate from the school.

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