In a significant development, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced its intention to make available approximately 2,500 documents pertaining to President Bola Tinubu, as revealed by the Peoples Gazette.
According to recently obtained court filings by The Gazette, the FBI plans to commence the release of these documents at the end of October, with an allocation of 500 pages per month. This disclosure comes after an initial reluctance by the FBI to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that was initially filed in 2022. The request, initiated by Aaron Greenspan in collaboration with journalist David Hundeyin, sought greater transparency and anti-corruption measures in public service through the release of these records.
In a status report dated September 11 and filed at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., the FBI stated, “FBI has identified a total of approximately 2,500 pages potentially responsive to FOIA requests 1553430-00 and 1587544-000. FBI plans a processing schedule of 500 pages per month, with an initial release anticipated by the end of October 2023.”
This unprecedented move by the FBI aims to shed light on various aspects of President Bola Tinubu’s history, such as his entry into the United States, the name under which he entered, and his activities since then. Notably, President Tinubu spent several decades in the United States, with indications suggesting he initially moved there in the 1970s. Additionally, these documents are expected to contain further information about his forfeiture of $460,000 in connection with drug-related activities in Chicago during the 1990s.
The release of these records is anticipated to provide clarity on President Tinubu’s background, including questions regarding his true parentage and childhood education, which have thus far remained shrouded in mystery for many Nigerian citizens.
In addition to the FBI’s commitment to transparency, other U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. State Department, Internal Revenue Service, and Drug Enforcement Agency, have also signaled their readiness to release thousands of pages of documents related to Bola Tinubu. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has confirmed its intent to compile and release records pertaining to Mr. Tinubu in compliance with relevant laws.
Further details are expected to emerge shortly regarding the content and implications of these forthcoming document releases.