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US court orders Chicago State University to release Tinubu’s academic records

The Chicago State University has been ordered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to release the academic records of President Bola Tinubu to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria

The Chicago State University has been ordered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to release the academic records of President Bola Tinubu to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

Channels TV reports that Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, a US magistrate, gave the ruling on Tuesday, ordering CSU to produce “all relevant and non-privileged documents” to Abubakar Atiku, the plaintiff, within two days.

“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,” the judge ruled.

In their argument, Tinubu’s lawyers argued that the President (their client) is not willing to lift his privacy privilege, with the ruling also conceding this by using the term ‘non-privileged documents”.

Atiku had approached the court seeking an order to compel the university to release the academic records of Nigeria’s President.

Tinubu claimed that he graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting but there have been allegations bordering on discrepancies in his certificate.

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