How Nigerians had been misled about Dino Melaye’s ‘handiest graduating student’ enlighten


Over the weekend, the catch went abuzz with the enlighten that a extinct federal lawmaker, Dino Melaye, graduated as the ultimate student at Baze University’s College of Law.

The college, located in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), held its mixed seventh and eight convocation ceremonies on Saturday, October 23, with at the least three prominent Nigerian politicians among the many graduands.

Ifeanyi Ubah, a latest senator and governorship aspirant in Anambra Train; Dino Melaye, a extinct senator and Osita Chidoka, a extinct minister of aviation, made headlines at the tournament.

Whereas the convocation was ongoing, claims began circulating on diversified social media platforms that Mr Melaye graduated as the ultimate student within the college’s regulation college.

One amongst such claims by a community, ‘Dorathy Bachor Lovers’ had over 3,000 likes and over 400 comments as of the afternoon of Monday, October 25.

“Senator Dino Melaye Graduates From Baze University, Reportedly Emerges Most productive Graduating Law Pupil. Congratulations Sir”, the post reads.

A copy of the post. Credit: Facebook

On and loads different blogs, the myth made headlines, with comments testifying to the educational prowess of the ex-lawmaker. Most of the blogs claimed Mr Melaye’s aide, Bode Gbadebo, published the enlighten on his Fb timeline.

On Twitter, as diversified platforms, the guidelines was greeted with mixed reactions. Whereas many, who took the guidelines as truth, hailed the educational prowess of Mr Melaye, a number of others mocked the college for permitting a baby-kisser who seemingly didn’t support many lectures to graduate as handiest.

“Congratulations to you sir ,nonetheless he can by no method be the ultimate graduating student, what then came about to the plump-time student.” Aleburu John commented on the Fb post.

Whereas the was ongoing, an image purportedly of the three politicians in a shrimp school room, writing an examination surfaced on the catch.

Photo of Dino and others purportedly writing an examination Source: Facebook

On the opposite hand, Dubawa ran a verification on the image and stumbled on it to be regarded as one of these classes the trio attended at the college.

As elections scheme nearer, it’s a fashioned observe by Nigerian politicians to spread sure reviews about themselves to scheme reputation. This actuality brought on Dubawa to wander a fact-check on the enlighten and extra model its starting attach.

Verifying the first enlighten

Dubawa attach aside a name to the college’s Registrar, Mani Ahmad, who requested a bodily assembly to elaborate disorders.

On Monday, a Dubawa reporter visited the college where he was presented with graduation paperwork. The paperwork revealed Mr Melaye by no method graduated as the ultimate student in regulation as claimed.

Despite the fact that Mr Malaye in fact graduated from the institution with a regulation stage, he was neither a first-class student nor the ultimate graduating student from the college of Law.

Snapshots taken from the convocation booklets demonstrate Dino Malaye in fact graduated from Baze University, College of regulation nonetheless no longer as the ultimate graduating student

Extra foremost sides revealed that Rosemary Keccy Busari was the ultimate graduating student from the college of regulation and never Mr Melaye because it was widely claimed.

Snapshot from the convocation booklet shows Rosemary Keccy Busari as the first-class student from

Some college officers furthermore…

Messages had been despatched to Mr Melaye’s identified lines for comments on the falsehood spread in his title nonetheless no answer came from the ex-lawmaker.

In the meantime, a overview of Mr Melaye’s social media pages revealed that at no time did he accomplish this type of enlighten or lend reinforce to publications to the enlighten.

The attach did this enlighten emanate from?

In the meantime, Dubawa took a step extra to shriek the availability of the enlighten. The closest to this was the enlighten by Ladun Liadi News that an aide to the baby-kisser posted the enlighten.

“Mr Melaye’s aide, Bode Gbadebo, posted an image of him on Fb, alongside diversified folk embellished in an academic costume, with the caption “Senator Dino Melaye graduates from Baze University, emerges handiest graduating regulation student,” a paragraph within the myth reads.

First, this fact-checker checked the Fb web page of Mr Gbadebo, who described himself as ‘On-line Editor at Leadership News’ reduction till October 20. Despite the fact that the journalist made several comments within the midst of the interval, none was attributed to Mr Melaye or his graduation. At that point, it may perhaps perhaps per chance no longer be ascertained if Mr Gbadebo deleted any post internal this era.

In a phone conversation on Monday, Mr Gbadebo denied being an aide to Mr Melaye or the author of the enlighten as widely circulated.

“No, it’s no longer factual,” he stated. “I’m no longer a spokesman to the senator and I didn’t submit the assertion. It first seemed on Samuel Ogundipe’ Peoples Gazette and grew to change into viral. Please I didn’t submit that, it’s mistaken.”

The myth on Folk’s Gazzete was titled, “No matter residing in Dubai, Dino Melaye emerges handiest graduating student at Baze University.”

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“No matter hardly being in Nigeria after losing his reelection into the national assembly in 2019 and at this time primarily primarily based in Dubai, it’s surprising that the extinct senator didn’t only graduate nonetheless was awarded the ultimate graduating student with a yet to be confirmed GPA,” the myth reads in portion.

On the opposite hand, in a apply up myth, Folk’s Gazette claimed Mr Gbadebo and Mr Melaye misled the newsletter as newly emerging recordsdata confirmed that the lawmaker graduated with “weak 2d-class decrease.”

Dubawa contacted the Editor of Folk’s Gazette, Mr Ogundipe, who explained that his paper contacted both Mr Gbadebo and Dino Melaye before running the first myth.

“We purchased the myth appropriate from Bode Gbadebo’s Fb post,” Mr Ogundipe stated. “He posted it on his Fb. We known as Dino himself and he stated ‘Certain, sure,’ and then hung up”, he stated, insisting that Mr Gbadebo is Mr Melaye’s spokesperson.

In a subsequent conversation, Mr Gbadebo backtracked, asserting he certainly shared a post with this type of enlighten nonetheless was misled by Mr Melaye’s photographer who at the origin made the enlighten. He added that he deleted the photographer’s post, which he earlier shared, after he realised the enlighten was substandard.

“On that Saturday, regarded as one of Senator Dino Malaye’s Photographer (his official Photographer) who was at the convocation. He in fact posted that he purchased top notch. He suggested us later that he assumed that was what he heard, so he posted (the guidelines) with the image and a number of of us who are terminate to him shared. Within the shortest time doable, perhaps one hour, we known as the senator to congratulate him which he denied so we needed to drag it down,” he stated.

He gave the title of the photographer as Sam J Noni. Dubawa traced the Fb web page of Mr Noni and stumbled on the post was attach aside up on Saturday, October 23, at 11.48 a.m.

Noni’s post

Mr Noni didn’t answer to messages despatched to him on Fb.

To extra reduction his enlighten, Mr Ogundipe despatched Dubawa a screenshot of Mr Gbadebo’s post which triggered the reviews and social media comments.

The screenshot, which Dubawa confirmed was no longer doctored, confirmed that Mr Gbadebo certainly made a post, no longer shared as he claimed earlier.

“Senator Dino Melaye Graduates from Baze University, Emerges Most productive Graduating Law Pupil,” he wrote.

A screenshot of Bode Gbadebo’s Facebook post Source: People’s Gazette editor

Dubawa may perhaps perhaps well no longer verify the time the screenshot was made and whether or no longer Mr Gbadebo’s post preceded that of the photographer.

Mr Gbadebo was confronted with the fresh recordsdata nonetheless once more, he reworded.

“Certain, the pictures and the post was (had been) first shared by Dino’s photographer. It was there I picked them from and posted to congratulate the Senator.”

That is in contradiction with his earlier enviornment that he by no method made the enlighten and attributable to this fact that he only shared a post from the photographer. Nevertheless the journalist silent insisted that he was misled by Mr Noni for a enlighten he didn’t verify before sharing.

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