A United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has granted the request filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, seeking the release of President Bola Tinubu’s academic records by the Chicago State University (CSU).
The ruling was given by a US magistrate Judge, Jeffrey Gilbert, on Tuesday, ordering CSU to produce “all relevant and non-privileged documents” to Abubakar Atiku, the plaintiff, within 2 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.
The university asked the court to direct ‘only limited and targeted discovery’ of the information sought by Atiku Abubakar.