The authorities of the Ahmadu Bełlo University, Zaria, has explained why it is yet to speak on the alleged certificate scandal against Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi-West senatorial district of Kogi State.
The Information Officer of the institution, Mr. Adam Mohammed, had promised that the management would take a decision on the matter and make its findings known on Wednesday.
“We are gathering all the facts from the faculty and the department, and will make a press statement tomorrow. Thanks,” he had said on Tuesday.
However, when contacted by Punch on why the institution did not speak on the controversy as promised, Mohammed rather referred the reporter to write the VC if he wanted any information, stressing that ABU was not a motor park school.
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,” he said.
However, an insider hinted 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.
Meanwhile, Melaye has slammed N5bn suit against online portal, Sahara Reporters, which broke the news.