Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Central, drew a lot of attention at the National Assembly  on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 when he appeared for plenary in academic robe and cap.

The senator whose first degree had come under scrutiny in the recent past walked into the red chamber clad in the full academic regalia, smiling as cameras clicked away.

Melaye’s first degree at the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria had come under question last week after an online tabloid, SaharaReporters falsely reported that the outspoken and flamboyant senator had not graduated from institution.

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Senator Dino Melaye arrives the Senate Chambers on Tue, March 28, 2017 wearing academic robes

However, the question surrounding his graduation was laid to rest on Monday when the VC of ABU, Prof. Ibrahim Garba confirmed that the senator indeed graduated from the university.

Prof. Garba told the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public petitions that Melaye graduated in year 2000 as Daniel Jonah Melaye.

He added that the Senator graduated with a third class degree in geography.

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Hours after the confirmation by the VC, a video went viral where the senator was dancing and singing in Yoruba celebrating the turn of event.

On Tuesday however, the Senator appeared  for plenary dressed in academic regalia and went round the chamber to exchange pleasantries with all the Senators present. (NAN)


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