President Bola Tinubu has taken legal action to prevent the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and other federal agencies from publicly releasing documents linked to him.
The move comes in response to the FBI’s plans to disclose confidential files concerning President Tinubu from their databases to Aaron Greenspan, the proprietor of PlainSite, an anti-corruption and transparency-driven website, before the end of October.
In a motion filed by one of Tinubu’s U.S. lawyers, Bryan A. Carey, on Monday, October 23, 2023, the aim is to halt the two federal agencies from releasing certain sensitive information to the public. Tinubu’s legal representative emphasized that the documents requested by the plaintiff, Greenspan, include the President’s private records, some of which are safeguarded by the law.
Carey underlined that denying Tinubu the right to intervene could have adverse consequences. He stated, “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.”
Furthermore, the lawyer requested 30 days to thoroughly review all the files, ensuring that his client’s private and legally protected documents remain undisclosed.
This recent legal maneuver follows Tinubu’s recent setback in attempting to block a federal court in Chicago from releasing his academic records to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
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