Senator Dino Melaye,has revealed he has suffered great distress following allegations by Sahara Reporters that he didn’t graduate from Ahmadu Bello University ..
In his N5billion lawsuit against Sahara Reporters, filed through his lawyer, Mr. Mark Ikongbeh, Senator Melaye, who insisted that he indeed bagged a B. Sc in Geography from the University , said he has been abandoned by friends and associates following the defamatory allegations..He said
“Many invitations to honourable events have been withdrawn and attempts to reach out to several people who had very cordial relations with the plaintiff has been met with a cold shoulder. “The plaintiff has suffered great psychological stress and emotional trauma by reason of the defamatory publications arising from the loss of company he has suffered from friends and associates.
“This precarious psychology state has been exacerbated by the number of people whom the plaintiff has had to reach out to or who have reached out to him for explanation and reassurance of the truth in the situation. “The plaintiff has greatly been weighed down emotionally by the sudden loss of huge public goodwill which he enjoyed prior to the publication of the defamatory publication.
“Further, the defendants published the defamatory words out of malevolence and spite towards the plaintiff and with a view to cower the plaintiff into soft pedalling on his stance in several issues ongoing in the Senate chambers”.