A United States District Court has delayed the release of President Bola Tinubu’s records at the Chicago State University till next week after the president’s lawyers pleaded to save him from suffering severe and irreparable damage by placing an emergency hold on the release earlier ordered by a lower court.
GWG.ng reports that the records were to have been released on Thursday but the president’s lawyers intervened in an appeal that was rushed late on Thursday.
Tinubu said the damage he would suffer would be impossible to mitigate if the order directing the release of his academic records to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar is not delayed for possible vacation.
“Severe and irreparable harm will be done to Bola Tinubu if the records are released,” the lawyer argued at an emergency appeal before Judge Nancy Maldonado of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago.
“If the records are released, harm will be done and cannot be taken back to the bottle,” Mr Tinubu’s lawyer added during the court hearing that began at 3:00 p.m. via telephone conference.
GWG.ng reports that the CSU counsel had indicated the school’s readiness to produce records in one hour in line with Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert’s 48-hour deadline issued two days ago as they “do not have any dog in the fight.”
However, the emergency hearing Judge Nancy Maldonado stayed the production of Tinubu’s records at Chicago State University pending the filing of full briefs in the matter by next week.
Atiku’s lawyers are to file their response to the application brought by Tinubu before the Judge gives her ruling expectedly on Wednesday.