FBI Denies Jeffrey Guterman’s Request For Tinubu’s File
In a surprising turn of events, the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) has dismissed the application made by Jeffrey Guterman, a retired American mental health counselor, seeking the release of a file containing information about Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Tinubu.
Guterman took to Twitter to share the disappointing news, revealing that the FBI rejected his request on the grounds that disclosing the existence of files concerning third-party individuals would constitute an invasion of personal privacy, a policy they staunchly adhere to.
It should be noted that the retired counselor previously submitted a formal request to the FBI, urging them to disclose records pertaining to Tinubu’s involvement in a $460,000 drug trafficking case in the United States.
Regrettably, Guterman received a response from the FBI stating that his request failed to comply with their terms of service, leaving him empty-handed.
He wrote, “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.”