Dr. Jeffrey Guterman, a staunch supporter of Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential Candidate in the just concluded February 25 Presidential election has narrated how his request was turned down by the Federal Bureau Investigation, FBI.
Dr. Guterman said he had sent a request to the FBI to access to the case files of the Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on drugs dealing which led to the latter’s $460,000 forfeiture to the U.S.
However, Dr. Guterman said his request, based on the Freedom of Information Act, for the FBI file on Bola Tinubu was turned down, citing unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
He said: “My request was rejected because, according to the FBI, the existence of files on third-party individuals will neither be confirmed or denied by the FBI due to unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Giving more insight on what might lead to the rejection, Dr. Guterman said: “I found it noteworthy that in my online submission, I referred to Tinubu as “Bola Tinubu,” but in their letter the FBI referred to him as TINUBU, BOLA AHMED. How would the FBI access the Ahmed part of his name? Again, I did not provide the Ahmed part of his name in my submission. Moreover, it is public knowledge that the FBI has a file on Tinubu for his $460,000 forfeiture to the U.S.
“The letter also states that if I received their response through standard mail (which I did), this is because my online submission did not meet their terms of service. According to the letter, my options are to (1) submit any questions by email or call their office, (2) administratively appeal their decision within 90 days of the date of their letter, and/or (3) seek dispute resolution by email.
“I will now consider my next plan of action,” he concluded.
See below a copy of the letter I received today from the @FBI regarding my request, based on the Freedom of Information Act, for the FBI file on Bola Tinubu.
My request was rejected because, according to the FBI, the existence of files on third-party individuals will neither be… pic.twitter.com/3URLncjQFp
— Dr. Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) May 5, 2023
See the letter below!