US Court grants Tinubu’s request to delay release of school records to Atiku
The United States court for the Northern district of Illinois has agreed to stay an order requiring Chicago State University (CSU) to release the academic records of President Bola Tinubu in two days.
Jeffrey Gilbert, US magistrate judge, had granted Atiku Abubakar’s request for the release of the records and had given the university 48 hours to turn them in.
Gilbert’s order would have required CSU to submit the documents by the end of Thursday.
However, during an emergency hearing on Thursday, Nancy Maldonado, US district judge, agreed to extend the deadline.
Maldonado asked counsels of both sides to file additional arguments by next Thursday.
Tinubu’s lawyers had argued that Gilbert’s decision needed to be reviewed by a district judge. That request was granted by Maldonado.
Mindful of legal deadlines in Nigeria, Maldonado admitted that she “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 said