Bola Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, has taken steps to prevent the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and other US intelligence agencies from revealing records connected to him.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the FBI would begin publishing around 2,500 papers linked to President Tinubu in its database in October.
According to Peoples Gazette, Tinubu’s lawyers in the United States have filed applications to appear in an ongoing freedom of information case conducted against the United States institutions that house records that may assist address doubts about the president’s true identity and decades-long activities.
Christopher Carmichael, one of the lawyers who represented Tinubu in the recent Chicago records case, submitted the motion on October 18, 2023, indicating that he was a lawyer in good standing to appear in the FOIA action in Washington D.C.
Carey who practices in D.C., said on Carmichael’s behalf, “Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 83.2(c), Bryan A. Carey moves for the admission and appearance of attorney Christopher Carmichael pro hac vice in the above-entitled action.
“This motion is supported by the Declaration of Christopher Carmichael. As set forth in Mr. Carmichael’s declaration, he is admitted and an active member in good standing.”
Carmichael did not respond to a request for comment, and the president’s lead lawyer in the US, Oluwole Afolabi, told The Gazette that he could not comment on the matter until it had been formally initiated.
The lawyers would work quickly to file a complete argument in order to argue any reliefs before the October 31 deadline.
The FBI had stated that it intended to provide the material to Aaron Greenspan, the owner of PlainSite, a website that promotes anti-corruption and openness in government.
Tinubu’s move comes two weeks after he lost a court battle in Chicago to prevent a federal judge from providing his academic records to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential contender Atiku Abubakar.
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