The U.S. Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have disclosed that they will release Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s criminal and immigration records to the public at a future date. The revelation came after a request was made by an American public disclosure activist, Aaron Greenspan, to various federal and local agencies, seeking the urgent release of Tinubu’s records.
However, the U.S. authorities cited ‘unusual circumstances’ as the reason for the delay in releasing the demanded records. They further stated that even if the records were to be released, it would not be until January 2026.
The matter has now become a civil lawsuit before Judge Beryl Howell of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.
Tinubu’s claims about his identity and educational records have been a subject of controversy, with discrepancies and omissions in his educational background and identity information.
The State Department is believed to have records of whether the person who applied for a U.S. visa as Bola Tinubu in the 1970s is the same individual currently serving as Nigeria’s president.
The FBI’s records are expected to shed light on Tinubu’s alleged involvement in drugs in the U.S. and any other criminal charges he may have faced.
The delay in releasing the records has prompted a response from the activist, detailing how Tinubu’s drug forfeiture case in Chicago garnered significant public interest.
All the involved agencies have been summoned to court to explain why records related to a Nigerian president are considered unusual and have not been released to the public. Assistant U.S. attorney Jared Littman is representing the agencies in court, and they have requested a delay in filing a response to the lawsuit.