Dino Melaye Undergoes Investigation Over Alleged Certificate Forgery

Dino Melaye
Senetor Dino Melaye

An investigation on Senator Dino Melaye and Senate president Bukola Saraki has been kicked off by the Nigerian senate in regard to whether or not they have misused their powers as lawmakers in the Legislature.

The Senate have also discussed its president, Bukola Saraki, and debatable Senator, Dino Melaye, to the committee on ethics and privileges over allegations of importing a car with fake Customs documents and certificate forgery correspondingly.

The issue happened on Tuesday, followed a gesture by the former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, who said the two cases;  alleged seizure of car belonging to Mr. Saraki and Mr. Melaye’s certificate scandal, had made the Senate subject of public ridicule.

Mr. Ndume also insinuated Nigerians were insulting the Senate over the scandals and, therefore, urged the Senate to investigate Saraki and Melaye.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who supervised in the absence of Mr. Saraki was present at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for his corruption trial, denoted the matters to the committee on ethics and privileges chaired by Samuel Anyanwu.

The committee has four weeks to report back to the Senate, Mr. Ekweremadu lined.

The two matters involving Mr. Saraki and his ally, Mr. Melaye, were made public following reports by Sahara Reporters about how a bullet proof Range Rover allegedly belonging to Mr. Saraki was imported with fake papers and seized by the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Comptroller-General of the NCS, Hameed Ali, is currently at loggerheads with the Senate which insists the retired colonel must wear Customs uniform to appear before the lawmakers on Wednesday.

Sahara Reporters’ report suggested the Senate was tough on Mr. Ali because Customs seized Mr. Saraki’s car, but seizure is yet to be confirmed by the NCS.

The paper also said Mr. Melaye did not graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, contrary to the Senator’s claim, but Mr. Melaye denied the allegation, saying he is even currently studying for a postgraduate degree in the school.

Since his removal as Senate Leader after a fallout with Mr. Saraki over the rejection of the nomination of Ibrahim Magu for the top job at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ndume has been openly tackling Mr. Saraki.

He once asked the Senate President to disclose the details of the National Assembly’s budget to both the public and the lawmakers.

Nigerians following the Senate proceedings online dismissed the probe of Mr. Saraki and Mr. Melaye.