A US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted a request made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, demanding the release of President Bola Tinubu’s academic records by Chicago State University (CSU).
A US magistrate Judge, Jeffrey Gilbert, issued the judgement on Tuesday, directing CSU to deliver “all relevant and non-privileged documents” to the plaintiff, Abubakar Atiku, within two days.
A memorandum signed by Gilbert reads, “This matter is before the Court on Atiku Abubakar’s Application Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for an Order Directing Discovery from Chicago State University for Use in a Foreign Proceeding (“Application”) [ECF No. 1]. For the reasons discussed below, the Application is granted.’’
Tinubu’s lawyers have argued that their client is not willing to lift his privacy privilege, with the ruling also conceding this by using the term ‘non-privileged documents”.
The Chicago State University had earlier in August said it would release Tinubu’s academic record if a US court grants the order.