The authorities of the Ahmadu Bełlo University, Zaria, are yet to formally speak on the alleged certificate scandal against Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi-West senatorial district in Kogi State.
The Information Officer of the institution, Mr. Adam Mohammed, had told The PUNCH on Tuesday that the management would take a decision on the matter and make its finding public on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
“We are gathering all the facts from the faculty and department, and will make a press statement tomorrow. Thanks,” he said.
However, on Wednesday, it was another ball game as the Information Officer refused to pick several calls made to his cell phone.
It is understood that when the online newspaper decided to call with a number not known to him, he picked the call, but as soon as he discovered that the call was from The PUNCH, he became hostile.
He 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.”
Immediately he was reminded of his promise that the university’s management would meet on the matter on Wednesday and give its position on Melaye’s academic status concerning his BSc degree in Geography, Mohammed declined and hung up.
Moreover, there are indications that the authorities of the institution were still meeting as regards the Melaye case.
A source at the institution 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.
Another source said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Melaye has threatened to drag Sahara Reporters before a court on Thursday, as he is planning to sue the media house for defamation and will be demanding N5bn compensation from them.