U.S court knocks back request to compel FBI, CIA, IRS to release documents on Tinubu


The United States District Court of the District of Columbia
has refused a request by one Aaron Greenspan seeking to compel US security
agencies to promptly release information, including documents to him about
President Bola Tinubu.


Greenspan had filed an emergency motion seeking to compel
the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (“EOUSA”), the Department of State,
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement
Administration, and the Central Intelligence Agency to immediately release of
the documents in view of yesterday’s hearing of appeals by PDP’s Atiku Abubakar
and LP’s Peter Obi at the Nigeria’s Supreme Court.


Greenspan, owner of PlainSite, a website that advocates data
transparency to combat corruption in public service, accused President Tinubu
of using delay tactics to pause the release of his records by U.S. security
agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA).


Greenspan, who has been working closely with Nigerian
journalist David Hundeyin, pleaded for a quick release of the documents as,
according to him, they are needed to be presented at the Supreme Court.


Greenspan told the U.S court that the Supreme Court
deliberately moved the hearing of the appeals by Atiku and Obi to yesterday to
render his suit before the U.S court nugatory.


He had asked that the documents on Tinubu be released to him
latest October 31.


In the civil suit, with number: 23-1816 Greenspan is also
asking for similar information and documents on Mueez Adegboyega Akande, who is
said to have died as of November 16, 2022.


In rejecting his motion for immediate release of the
documents, the U.S court said Greenspan failed to convince the court the public
issues that will cause it to overlook the privacy rights of President Tinubu.


Judge Beryl A. Howell, in his ruling on Monday, said the
petitioner also failed to satisfy the relevant conditions for the grant of such
a prayer contained in a motion for emergency hearing.


Meanwhile, President Tinubu’s lawyers have filed a motion at
the court seeking to be allowed to defend the President in the suit.


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