Judge Orders Release of Bola Tinubu’s Academic Records, Denies Further Stay Requests.
In a significant legal development, Judge Nancy Maldonado of the district Court of Northern Illinois has ordered Chicago State University to release President Bola Tinubu‘s academic records to Atiku Abubakar‘s lawyers. This ruling comes after a contentious legal battle, and it sets a deadline of Monday, October 2, 2023, for the university to comply.
The court decision was accompanied by a stern warning to President Tinubu that no further requests for a stay will be granted before the court. This ruling has garnered attention from major news outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News.
Atiku Abubakar’s legal team had sought access to President Tinubu’s academic records, a move that has sparked significant public interest, as Tinubu is a prominent public figure in Nigeria. The judge’s ruling emphasized that Nigerians have a right to know everything about such public figures.
In her ruling, Judge Nancy Maldonado stated, “The Court simply finds, on the narrow question before it, that Mr. Abubakar is entitled to the production of documents and testimony that he seeks from CSU.” She directed Chicago State University to produce all relevant and non-privileged documents in response to specific requests by noon on Monday, October 2, 2023.
Additionally, the Court ordered that the Rule 30(b)(6) deposition of CSU’s corporate designee must be completed by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. Given the impending filing deadline before the Supreme Court of Nigeria on October 5, 2023, the Court emphasized that these deadlines will not be extended or modified.
Judge Nancy Maldonado cautioned President Bola Tinubu
Crucially, the judge cautioned President Tinubu that any future requests for a stay before the Court will be denied, citing the impracticability of a stay in light of the approaching Supreme Court of Nigeria deadlines. However, President Tinubu remains free to request a stay directly from the Seventh Circuit should he file any appeal.
This ruling has significant implications for the ongoing legal proceedings involving President Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar. It will be closely watched by the public, the media, and legal experts as it unfolds. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.