By Salim Yunusa
Ahmadu Bello University Zaria has denied shielding a fake certificate syndicate and insists that no attempt was made by Sahara Reporters to contact the university for comments.
The Director, Public Affairs Directorate of the university, Malam Auwal Umar, in a statement on Friday said the allegation has since dismissed to be untrue by the University management.
According to the Director, “the attention of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has been drawn to another one- sided news item published again that “ABU Management Shields Fake Certificate Syndicate, Sends False Records to NYSC.”
“This was a follow-up to a one-sided story the online media first published a month ago that a syndicate in the university had been issuing fake degree certificates to fraudulent students, an allegation that the institution had since dismissed as untrue.”
“The university reiterates that the person,(Shafa’atu Abdullahi- U 15PY 2014) purported to have been issued a certificate is actually a withdrawn student. It should be noted that Ahmadu Bello University does not ignore such a weighty allegation in line with ensuring that its very high reputation and the highly respected integrity of its certificates are protected,” he said,
Umar explained that ABU’s Career Office, a unit responsible for students’ mobilization for the NYSC scheme, had confirmed that Shafa’atu Abdullahi was not mobilized for the one- year mandatory National Youth Service as claimed by the online media.