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Certificate scandal: Melaye agrees to probe, says I have seven degrees

The Nigerian senator representing Kogi West Senatorial Zone, North Central Nigeria,  Senator Dino Melaye said  he has accepted the senate’s resolution to investigate the allegation that he does not have a university degree, even though he has seven, and is in the process of bagging the eighth.

Speaking at  plenary on Tuesday, the Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume moved a motion that the matter be investigated to clear Melaye and Senate President Bukola Saraki, who was accused of importing an SUV into the country with fake customs papers.

Ali Ndume was quoted as saying that,  “In the PUNCH of today, page 16 and with your permission I will want to lay it and it says ‘Dino Melaye in first degree certificate scandal’ and it goes on and on,” Ndume told his colleagues.

“I will therefore appeal to the senate to investigate and our colleagues will be cleared and this senate will stand as it suppose to.”

The motion was further referred to the committee on ethics to investigate the allegation.

Speaking with journalists after plenary, Melaye said no senator is above investigation.

“We welcome the development. It will finally clear the air of all malicious allegations,” Melaye told journalists.

“Sahara reporters are obsessed with me. They use me for marketing and whenever their profile and patronage is down they use me to generate traffic. I will not be surprised if by tomorrow Sahara reporters say that I am not a Nigerian.

“To say that I did not graduate from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) zaria is to say that I am not a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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