The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ibrahim Garba on Monday confirmed that Dino Melaye graduated from the institution with Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography.
Garba made this known when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions looking into allegation of forgery against Melaye.
He said from records available to him, Melaye graduated from the school with a 3rd Class, in the third semester of 2000 with the name Daniel Jonah Melaye.
â€œFrom the records, I know Dino Melaye, who was formerlyÂ known as Jonah Daniel Melaye as former student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and I know him to be the distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
â€œMelaye, who was at that time named Daniel Jonah Melaye, graduated with a third class degree of the Bachelor of Arts in Geography in 2000. And by this, he is a graduate of the university.
â€œIn my honour, I reaffirm that Melaye graduated as DanielÂ Jonah Melaye during the third semesterÂ of the 1998/1999 academic sessionÂ with a 3rd Class Degree in Geography, that is Bachelor of Arts in Geographyâ€™â€™, he stressed.
Responding to questions from the committee, Melaye said the allegation that he did not graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University was untrue.
He said he had evidences to show that he was a proud graduate of the school and currently a student in the school undergoing a Masters Â Degree programme.
â€œI thank you for the invitation and I want to state my unequivocal confidence in this committee to do justice to this matter.
â€œI have few documents I would also want to tender to the committee and before I do that, I also want to state with every sense of responsibilityÂ thatÂ I am a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
â€œI gained admission on the 6th of September, 1994 and the admission is to study Bachelor of Arts, Geography and a copy of that admission letter will be tendered.
â€œI also have a second document to tender, my acceptance offer by the university. I also have the third document to tender which is my result from the Ahmadu Bello University certifying me a graduateÂ of the school.
â€œI also have here a document for my registration that i tenderedÂ where i have C5 in CRS, A3 in Agriculture, C6 in Economics, C6 in Geography, C6 in Biology and a credit in English Language.
â€œAfter my graduation from the Ahmadu Bello University, the school sent my name to the NYSC for the mandatory service and I participated in the one year NYSC.
â€œI served in Police College, Kaduna and by the grace of God, that year i won the National Prize of the DG and it is on record and verifiable and i beg to tender my Discharge Certificate from NYSCâ€™â€™, he said.
The lawmaker added that with the desire to further his education, he applied to the school to send his transcript to University of Jos, where he studied Law, Security and Conflict Management.
He said he also applied to the school to send his transcript toÂ University of Abuja whereÂ he gained admission to study Masters in Policy Analysis.
On allegations thatÂ he bore several names at different times, Melaye said, â€œwhen i went back to Ahmadu Bello University to study for Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy, i was already known all overÂ as Dino Melaye.
â€œMy name as an undergraduate was Daniel Jonah Melaye. Jonah is actually my fatherâ€™s name, so that is what i have on my university certificate.
â€œBut Because i am now popularly known as Dino, i applied to the court and asked that i needed an affidavit for change of name before my admission and I submitted it to ABU.
â€œI will tender my identity cards and i came here with a copy of my final year project duly signed by my head of department in the Faculty of Arts as it was then calledâ€™â€™, he said.
Ali Ndume, while fielding questions from the committee, said he did not write any petition against Melaye as alleged.
According to him, he only raised a Point of Order following publications alleging certificate forgery against Melaye, adding that â€œI didnâ€™t raise petition, I only raisedÂ point of order 14 and 15.â€™â€™
At the end of the interrogation, Ndume said his doubt about the allegation had been cleared since Melaye presented documents to show he actually graduated from the school.
He also said the attestation of the ABU V.C. further cleared his doubt.
â€œI commend the way the chairman of the committee conducted the proceedings of this investigation.
â€œI did not petition Melaye, i only felt it was part of my responsibilityÂ as former leader and someone who has been in the National Assembly since 2003 to ensure the right thing was done to protect the image of the institution.
â€œWith these evidences, the judgment is now that of the publicâ€™â€™, he said.