UPDATED: FBI begins releasing records of Bola Tinubu [Documents]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has commenced the release of files containing data and information relating to criminal activities of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The Investigation agency released the 1st batch of the 219 files midnight of October 31, 2023.
In the introductory letter to the document published on Plainsite website owned and run by Aaron Greenspan, FBI said that it has completed its interim review of records subject to the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts (FOIPA) that are responsive to Greenspan’s request.
The letter was signed by the Section Chief for Record/Information Dissemination Section, Information Management Division of FBI, Mr. Michael G. Seidel.
The Bureau noted that the enclosed documents were reviewed under the FOIPA, Title 5, United States Code, Section 552/552a with checked boxes under applicable statutes for the exemptions asserted to protect information exempt from disclosure.
“The appropriate exemptions are noted on the processed pages next to redacted information.
In addition, a deleted page information sheet was inserted to indicate where pages were withheld entirely pursuant to applicable exemptions.
“An Explanation of Exemptions is enclosed to further explain justification for withheld information,” FBI added.
All mention of Tinubu is redacted in the released documents.
The released records began with the extensive investigation conducted on one “Lee Andrew Edwards”, the suspect through whom Mueez Adegboyega Akande, aka, Mueez A. Akande, Adegboyega M. Akande, and “ABE”, date of birth: May 4, 1955, and Bola Ahmed Tinubu were later indicted.
One of the documents clearly indicted “Nigerian”, namely “Adegboyega Akande”, the co-convict of Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the $460,000 forfeiture case.
TAKE NOTE: FBI warned that they will protect the image of Tinubu by removing details showing his identity, which mean that the reader will use discretion to fill in the blank boxes with the name of the removed subject.
The document, which centered on “distribution of multiple kilos of white heroin” reads:
“Responsible for the distribution of multiple kilos of white heroin each month, Edwards employs numerous persons in his heroin trafficking operation. It is believed that Edwards earns between $15,000 and $20,000 each day through this operation.
“Edwards owns numerous residences and commercial properties which he utilizes in bis drug distribution operation. Edwards has been previously arrested on drug charges.
“Edwards’ source of supply of white heroin is a Nigerian drug trafficking group possibly headed by subject Adegboyega Akande, based in Chicago.”
Another “Drug Matter” document dated April 10, 1990, identified as its subject Lee Andrew Edwards, aka Lee A. Andrews, Lee Edward Andrews; Adegboyega Akande, aka Ade, and one “Abee (LNU)”.
The document, which centered on “multi-kilogram heroin and cocaine trafficking organization” reads:
“For information of Minneapolis, not in receipt of prior communications in this matter, subject Lee Andrew Edwards, SSAN 311-46-2876, is the head of a multi-kilogram heroin and cocaine trafficking organization based in Gary, Indiana. Edwards employs dozens of persons in his organization.
“Edwards’ source of supply of heroin is Abee (LNU), Nigerian male, approximate age 25 to 26 years. Abee (LNU) is a member of a Nigerian heroin trafficking organization headed by Abee (LNU).”
Find attached additional released documents relating to the Bola Tinubu records:
FBI, however, obliged the petitioner, Aaron Greenspan, to appeal its decision to heavily redact the documents. The agency stated:
“Please refer to the enclosed FBI FOIPA Addendum for additional standard responses applicable to your request.
““Part 1” of the Addendum includes standard responses that apply to all requests. “Part 2” includes additional standard responses that apply to all requests for records about yourself or any third party individuals. “Part 3” includes general information about FBI records that you may find useful.
“Also enclosed is our Explanation of Exemptions. Although your request is in litigation, we are required by law to provide you the following information:
“If you are not satisfied with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s determination in response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, 441 G Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20530, or you may submit an appeal through OIP’s FOIA STAR portal by creating an account following the instructions on OIP’s website.” Read more.