Justice Nancy Maldonado upheld Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert’s decision to require Chicago State University to turn over President Bola Tinubu‘s records to Atiku Abubakar.
According to the District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, U.S., Justice Maldonado issued the judgement on Saturday, September 30, indicating that President Tinubu’s appeal to prevent the release of the records had failed.
The Chicago State University (CSU) will now go forward this week with the production of pertinent non-privileged documents on Monday, October 2nd.
CSU’s deposition will take place on Tuesday, October 3.
In his 33-page decision, Justice Maldonado stated:
“The court overrules President Tinubu’s objections to Magistrate Judge Gilbert’s recommended ruling and therefore adopts the ruling in full.
“Mr Abubakar’s application is therefore granted.
“In light of the pending Supreme Court of Nigeria deadline, represented to the court as October 5, 2023 and based on CSU’s representations that it is ready to comply with the discovery requests and produce a witness, the court sets an expedited schedule for completion of discovery.
“Respondent CSU is directed to produce all relevant and non-privileged documents in response to requests for Production Nos-1 through 4( as narrowed by Judge Gilbert and adopted here) in Mr. Abubakar’s subpoena by 12.00p.m(noon) CDT on Monday October 2, 2023. The Rule 30(b)( 6) deposition of CSU’s corporate designeee must be completed by 5.00pm CDT on Tuesday October 3, 2023.
“Given the October 5, 2023 filing deadline before the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the court will not extend or modify these deadlines”
Atiku’s request for an authenticated certificate of Tinubu’s diploma will be denied since CSU stated that diploma certificates are ceremonial and that they do not preserve copies of students’ certificates, not just for Mr. Tinubu but for all students. As a result, they are unable to authenticate it without a copy of the original certificate.
The major documents CSU will provide on Monday are those certified by Jamar Orr and tendered in the Nigerian Tribunal on July 6th, which are already public.
Tinubu’s acceptance letter to the school and his transcripts are among the documents.
In addition, Jamar Orr, the person who certified the documents, will give an oral deposition on Tuesday. He would swear under oath that he certified the materials submitted to the Tribunal.
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