Ahmadu Bello University fails to confirm certificate of senior government official

The degree presented by one of the senior officials of the Federal Foreign Ministry is currently in dispute after Ahmadu Bello University in Kaduna state failed to confirm its authenticity.

SaharaReporters has learned that the head of the ministry’s Africa Technical Cooperation Directorate, identified as Steve Shaku, is allegedly scrolling through a fake ABU Bachelor of Science certificate from the Department of International Studies.

Sources also told SaharaReporters that the officer submitted the ABU certificate, dated February 1999, bearing “Stephen Shaku” to DTCA, but bearing “Steve Shaku” in official agency documents.

SaharaReporters concluded that Shaku’s name was not reflected or contained in the order of university proceedings for 1998/1999, 1999/2000 and 2000/2001 for graduate students.

“Stephen Shaku’s name could not be found on the list of international relations graduates in those years,” a source told SaharaReporters.

“His name was not reflected or contained in the order of proceedings for 1998/1999, 1999/2000 and 2000/2001. He submitted a certificate wearing Stephen Shaku but wears Steve Shaku in official DTCA documents.

“Although his name does not appear on the procedural order containing the approved names of the graduate students, it was also discovered that the signatures of the vice-chancellor and the registrar of the university on his certificate differ considerably from those appearing on certificates from other graduate students.

“Check these other certificates; they were duly signed by the then Vice-Chancellor Prof. Abdullahi Mahdi, who succeeded General Mamman Kontagora in July 1998, and the then Registrar, Mairiga Mani, ”added the source.

Since the first week of July, SaharaReporters journalists have contacted the university to confirm whether it had issued the diploma certificate presented by the senior official, but the university had yet to give a concise response three weeks later.

ABU spokesperson Auwalu Umar said in the last text message on Tuesday: “I just called the head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies, who told me that they are still checking the academic records. Thank you.”

A few months ago, a certificates scandal also rocked the institution when some staff members alleged that a union had issued fake diploma certificates to fraudulent students.

In a letter written to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kabir Bala, by some workers attached to the Directorate of Academic Planning, Monitoring and Registering obtained by SaharaReporters, they had explained that one of these cases was a Bachelor of Science in physics, second- Superior class division certificate, issued to a student who had already been withdrawn from school since 2015.

The student was withdrawn for poor results, but the union allegedly helped her obtain the ABU certificate.

The workers had challenged the VC to verify their claims with the physics department, while alleging that there had been a cover-up in some of the affected departments.

The letter had also been copied to the Registrar, the Director of University Planning, the Union of Academic Staff of Universities and non-academic staff of universities.

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