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Fake Certificate Report: Dino Melaye Slams N5bn Suit Against SaharaReporters

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By Philips Sunday

Abuja, (AN24) – Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has instituted a N5 billion libel suit against United States based online news platform, SaharaReporters.

The vocal lawmaker is taking the action against the online media platform for alleged defamation of character, wrongful accusation, among other charges.

Recall that the Kogo state Senator has been embroiled in certificate scandal since Sahara Reporters, published a report that the lawmaker did not complete his first degree in Geography at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, an allegation which caught the attention of the Senate on Tuesday, leading to its decision to refer the matter to its Ethics and Privileges Committee for investigation.

The Ethics and Privileges Committee was directed to investigate the claim that Melaye does not possess an authentic first degree certificate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Reacting to the development after Tuesday’s plenary, the lawmaker stressed that 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.

Melaye added that the online news platform make use of his name as a marketing tool to drive traffic to their medium.

Speaking with newsmen after Tuesday’s plenary, Melaye stressed that no senator is above investigation.

According to him,  “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.” Melaye opined.

Meanwhile, the N5 billion suit, according to his media office, was file at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, on Wednesday, March 22.

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