A recent ruling by the United States (US) Court for the District of Columbia has denied the release of confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) records of President Bola Tinubu.
The court decided that only documents that do not directly mention Tinubu will be made public.
The lawsuit, brought forward by investigative journalists David Hundeyin and Aaron Greenspan, argued for the public’s right to know about the president’s past and the potential insights the FBI records could provide on alleged criminal involvement.
However, the district judge, Beryl Howell stated that Greenspan did not meet the requirements for granting such a request.
“Plaintiff has failed even to attempt to argue how his request may overcome those exemptions and achieve a likelihood of success on the merits.
“This failure to address this important factor in his Emergency Motion weighs strongly in favour of denying his motion.
“Plaintiff falls far short of satisfying this standard. He has not supplied the court with any indication of a concrete, actual threat that he will suffer in the absence of an injunction.
“While his Emergency Motion states that a Nigerian Supreme Court hearing is scheduled to occur in the coming days, plaintiff cites no injury he will suffer that is in any way traceable to the relief requested in this motion.
“The request may be of a highly sensitive and private nature and that the subject of those documents, Bola A. Tinubu, has had no opportunity to protect his privacy interests in any such records.”