On Monday, March 20, an online news medium, Sahara Reporters, had reported that Melaye did not graduate from ABU. The lawmaker had claimed that he obtained B.A in Geography from the institution. He said he also got degrees from the London school of Economics (LSE) and Harvard University, United States – both schools have said they have no record of Melaye obtaining a degree from their institutions.
Harvard, however, noted that the Senator did attend a one week programme in the University, and that was it. But Melaye, who has instituted a N5 billion libel suit against the publication, insists that he got his first degree from ABU, and according to him, he is an “authentic graduate” and currently pursuing his seventh degree in the institution.
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“Go round all the UNIS (universities) I attended in digging more,” he had challenged the media.
After thorough checks of Melaye’s name on the ABU Alumni Association website on Saturday, March 25, no record of him was found.
The senator’s name, Daniel Jonah Melaye, as it appears on a statement of result by the university, returned with zero result. According to Punch, the ABU Public Relations Officer, Mr. Adamu Mohammed, was not available for comment when the newspaper contacted him. The President, ABU Alumni Association, Prof. Ahmed Tijanni-Mora, however reacted to the absence of Melaye’s name on the website, saying that only the University can confirm if the lawmaker graduated or not.
“The registrars of universities are in the best position to provide information about who attended their universities or not,” he said.
Melaye has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, accusing Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and his allies, of defamation of character, calling on the police boss to investigate the matter.