Dino Melaye, a former Kogi West Senator in the eighth National Assembly, graduated with Second Class Lower Division and grappled with several “carry-overs” while studying Law at the Baze University in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
A carry-over is a common tertiary institution slang used in Nigeria for students who have to repeat a course after failing it the first time.
SaharaReporters obtained the Baze University convocation booklet which showed, contrary to trending reports that Melaye finished top of his class, that the senator finished with a second class division degree.
Sources told said that Melaye, with Matriculation Number, BU/18B/LAW/3226, also had “carry-overs” during his degree.
“Contrary to trending stories that Dino graduated on top of his class with a First Class Degree, he never did and actually had several carry-overs for the period he studied law at Baze. He barely managed to graduate,” one of the sources said.
Some online reports had claimed that Melaye emerged as the best graduating student of Baze University, Abuja, despite currently staying in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Melaye’s aide, Bode Gbadebo, had posted a picture of him on Facebook, alongside other individuals adorned in an academic dress, with the caption “Senator Dino Melaye graduates from Baze University, emerges best graduating law student.”
Despite rarely being in Nigeria after losing his reelection into the National Assembly in 2019 and currently based in Dubai, some reports had claimed that it was surprising that the former senator did not only graduate but was awarded the best graduating student with a yet-to-be-confirmed Grade Point Average (GPA).
It has been confirmed from documents that the former senator did not finish with a first-class degree in Law from the university.
Melaye is not new to academic controversies.
According to Sahara Reporters In February 2017, reports exposed how Melaye might not have graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, as he allegedly bribed the head of the department.