DRUG TRAFFICKING: FBI DECLINES GUTERMAN’S REQUEST FOR FILE ON TINUBU

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A retired American mental health counsellor, Jeffrey Guterman has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to release a file on Nigeria’s President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Guterman’s stated that his request was not granted. He noted that the FBI’s refusal to confirm or deny the existence of files on third-party individuals is premised on “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

The mental health counsellor had previously requested the release of records regarding Tinubu’s $460,000 forfeiture in the US related to drug trafficking.

Then, the FBI responded that his request submission did not meet their terms of service.

In a tweet, Guterman stated:

“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 confirmed nor denied by the FBI due to unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

“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 US.

“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.”

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