FAKE CERTIFICATE REPORT: DINO MELAYE FILES N5BN SUIT AGAINST SAHARAREPORTERS
Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, has instituted a N5 billion libel suit against an online news platform, SaharaReporters.
The Kogi state senator is taking the action against the online media platform for alleged defamation of character, wrongful accusation, among other charges.
The lawmaker has been embroiled in certificate scandal since Sahara Reporters, published a report that he 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 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, Melaye 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.
The Kogi state senator noted that no senator is above investigation.
“We welcome the development. It will finally clear the air of all malicious allegations,” Melaye told journalists on Tuesday.
The lawmaker however, condemned Sahara Reporters over the report, adding that the online news platform make use of his name as a marketing tool to drive traffic to their medium.
In his words: “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 said.
However the N5 billion suit, according to his media office, was file at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, on Wednesday, March 22.