U.S. Court Approves Tinubu’s Intervention to Block FBI Records Release

U.S. Court Approves Tinubu's Intervention to Block FBI Records Release

U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell has granted President Bola Tinubu’s motion to intervene and oppose the release of his records held by top U.S. security agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The decision was made on November 27, affirming that Tinubu met the required factors for intervention.

The court considered factors such as the timeliness of the motion, Tinubu’s interest in the records, potential impairment of his ability to protect his interests, and the adequacy of his representation by existing parties. This ruling allows Tinubu to intervene in a case initiated by Aaron Greenspan, owner of Plainsite, who, with the support of Nigerian journalist David Hundeyin, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the release of Tinubu’s records.

Judge Howell stated that Tinubu’s intervention would not have a disruptive effect, emphasizing the cognizable interest he has in the records, which pertain to information about him, potentially implicating his privacy interests.

The FOIA request aimed to obtain about 2,500 pages of information on Tinubu from the FBI’s database, with the release planned in five batches of 500 pages monthly, starting from October 2023. The anticipation of this release drew widespread attention in Nigeria, with hopes of resolving controversies related to Tinubu’s forfeiture of $460,000, alleged to be proceeds of narcotics trafficking, to the U.S. government in 1993. Tinubu has expressed concerns that the release of these records would adversely affect him.


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