The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and other federal agencies have been asked by President Bola Tinubu to stop disclosing information about him.
Recall that the FBI had stated it intended to provide Aaron Greenspan, the owner of PlainSite, a website that promotes anti-corruption and transparency in public service, access to private records pertaining to President Tinubu in its databases by the end of October.
Bryan A. Carey, one of Tinubu’s attorneys in the US, filed the request on Monday, October 23, 2023, to prevent the two federal agencies from divulging some sensitive material to the public.
Because the information sought by the plaintiff, Greenspan, included the President’s private records, some of which are legally protected, Tinubu’s attorney argued before the court that the defendants, the FBI and IRS, were not acting in his best interests.
In particular, Tinubu argued that he would be “adversely affected” if his application to intervene in the case was denied by the U.S. Court for the Northern District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.
“Mr Tinubu should be allowed to intervene because he has a direct interest in the records sought, his interests are not fully represented or protected by defendants, and his interests will be adversely affected if he is not permitted to intervene,” Carey said.
In order to make sure that his client’s confidential and legally protected documents were not divulged, the attorney also requested a 30-day review period from the court.
After losing an intense legal struggle to prevent a federal court in Chicago from providing Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with access to his academic records, Tinubu made this decision.
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