The Principal of Barewa College, Zaria, Kaduna State, Mallam Alhassan Isyaku has confirmed that Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka was indeed a student of the school.
Faruk Adejoh-Audu, Director of Communications of Murtala Yakubu Ajaka Campaign Organisation, said in a statement on Friday that the college’s new position was in reaction to an earlier letter, in which the school was reported to have written in response to an enquiry to verify Murtala Yakubu’s history in the school.
However, the Principal of Barewa College, Mallam Alhassan Isyaku has apologised that there was an inadvertent, a mix up in his earlier response to the inquiry.
Addressing Chief Gabriel Aduku, Chairman of the Kogi East Elders Forum, Barewa College issued a letter of apology, clarifying the oversight and providing additional information.
In the letter, the Principal said “after conducting thorough investigations into their archived records, it has been ascertained that Yakubu Murtala Ajaka, bearing registration number 14667, was a student at Barewa College from 1996 to 1998. However, it is important to note that he did not take part in the WAEC examinations in 1998 at the college, which explains his absence from the 1998 WAEC Gazette.”
Taking full responsibility for the mistake, the school assures the public that they are willing to provide further clarification if needed.
The Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka Campaign Organization also reassures its supporters that there is no cause for concern.
The school attributed the error to the initial focus of the inquiry on verifying the WAEC Certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Nigeria, despite Alhaji Ajaka never claimed that it originated from the school. Instead, he possesses an external GCE Certificate issued directly to him by the Examination Council.
Farouk Adejoh submitted that “with this clarification, the public is urged to disregard any baseless accusations and malicious attempts aimed at tarnishing the reputation of Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, based on previous erroneous communications.