In a recent development, U.S. District Judge Nancy Maldonado has granted a request to postpone the release of certain academic records belonging to Bola Tinubu, the current President of Nigeria, to Atiku Abubakar. The records were initially ordered to be provided by Chicago State University (CSU) following a directive from Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert just two days ago, with a deadline set for Thursday.
However, an emergency hearing was convened on Thursday, during which Judge Maldonado, as reported by CBS News, issued an order for both legal teams to submit additional arguments by the following Thursday. The legal representatives of the Nigerian President contended that Judge Gilbert’s decision warranted a review by a district judge.
Judge Maldonado, after considering the arguments presented, granted the request for a delay and expressed her intent to make a swift ruling in the matter. She humorously noted, “I will have a busy weekend.”
“The issue is of process and rules. I’m a rule person; that’s why I’m a judge. This case is quite involved. I am aware of the stakes. It’s more important to me to get this right,” she held.
It should be noted that Tinubu had submitted an Emergency Motion to the Chicago Court, requesting a postponement in the release of his academic records, with the requested delay extending at least until Monday, September 25th.
Previously, the Chicago Court had issued an order instructing Chicago State University (CSU) to provide all records pertaining to Tinubu’s time as a student to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar within a span of just two days.