June 13, 2024

on March 29, 1954, was admitted to CSU in the 1970s. This conflicted with Bola Tinubu’s birthdate of March 29, 1952, as well as his previous claims of being born in 1954.

Bola Tinubu also removed references to his primary and secondary education from his records after it was revealed that the schools he had listed during his 1999 run for Lagos governor did not actually exist in Nigeria. Atiku Abubakar believed that the requested documents from CSU could shed light on the academic papers Tinubu submitted when applying to study accounting there.

Atiku Abubakar had initiated legal action to acquire Bola Tinubu’s school records under a U.S. statute that permits the subpoena of documents in the U.S. for use as evidence in a foreign court. Abubakar argued that Tinubu had presented contradictory claims in Nigeria and that CSU’s response to a previous subpoena had yielded documents inconsistent with Tinubu’s sworn statements in Nigeria.

Bola Tinubu’s legal team, led by Oluwole Afolabi and Christopher Carmichael, contended that the August 2022 subpoena, prompted by a request from Nigerian lawyer Mike Enahoro-Ebah, was “illegitimate.” They admitted that the documents originated from CSU, but they stated that an unnamed clerk had mistakenly entered the graduation date.

Unfortunately, in response to the unlawful and invalid subpoena, CSU made several errors,” the attorneys stated. “CSU issued a new diploma for Bola A. Tinubu, but incorrectly wrote the date of graduation as June 27, 1979.”

The lawyers also noted changes in authorized signatories, logos, fonts on the certificate, and other discrepancies that collectively gave the appearance of impropriety.

Atiku Abubakar’s legal team, led by Angela Marie Liu, a Chicago-based attorney, is expected to counter Bola Tinubu’s argument that the documents should not be sought because they were not part of the Nigerian proceedings and would be inadmissible due to the current stage of the case.

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