U.S. court denies Atiku’s request for FBI, CIA, IRS to release documents on Tinubu




There is jubilation in the camp of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the United States District Court of Columbia denied a request by former President Atiku Abubakar’s attorneys to force the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and Internal Revenue Service to release information on Nigeria’s President.

Recall that Atiku’s agent, Aaron Greenspan had filed the emergency motion seeking to compel the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (“EOUSA”), the Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Central Intelligence Agency to immediately release of the documents following the Nigerian Supreme Court’s hearing of appeals from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party’s Peter Obi against Tinubu.

He pleaded for a quick release of the documents because they need to be presented at the Supreme Court.

Greenspan told the court that the Supreme Court deliberately moved the appeals hearing by Atiku and Obi to Monday to render his suit before the U.S. court nugatory.

He had asked that the documents on Tinubu be released by October 31.

Ruling on the appeal, Judge Beryl A. Howell declined Greenspan’s request because he failed to satisfy the relevant conditions for the grant of such a prayer contained in a motion for an emergency hearing, which he filed on Monday.

In the civil suit, with number 23-1816, Greenspan also asks for similar information and documents on Mueez.

Adegboyega Akande is said to have died as of November 16, 2022.

In rejecting his motion to immediately release the documents, the U.S. court.said Greenspan failed to convince the court of the public issues that would cause it to overlook the privacy rights of President Tinubu.

Meanwhile, Tinubu’s lawyers have filed a motion at the court seeking to be allowed to defend the President in the suit.

Recall that the Supreme Court in Nigeria on Monday reserved judgement concerning Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party challenging Tinubu’s victory at the presidential polls.