A nonprofit  organization, the Fact Finder Initiative, has claimed that the allegedly injured  Chief Imam of the Federal Prison, Ile-Ife in Osun State, Malam Muritala Akanbi Tadese was not battered by a  soldier.

The claim is contained in a press release made available on Wednesday. 


We, the Fact Finder Initiative, a nonprofit organization that researches into information, stories and news that has impact either negatively or positively on the society for the good of the country, was contacted by Muritala Ibrahim a serving officer of Nigerian Army who informed us that he is presently a victim of heinous defamation. In other to secure the career of Muritala as an officer of Nigeria Army and also to come back to the society to affirm or deny the story, we thus conduct our deep investigation in to the matter.

Our sincere and comprehensive exploration revealed that the news was unfortunately propaganda and a deliberate and organized plot to destroy the career of Muritalah Ibrahim. It is therefore our responsibility as fact finders to represent the story to the public and particularly to the Authority of Nigerian Army, a representation that is verifiable by any organization we herein present. 

According to the revelation of our investigation, Muritalah Ibrahim though was in that meeting and not as body guard to anyone but to meet his formal spiritual colleagues in the Islamic Movement for prayer. He was never the one who assaulted the said Muritala Akanbi Tadese and this was confirmed by the same Muritala at the Divisional Police Station, Iwo, Osun State and also was contained in the statement he made with the Police. It was the overzealous body guard of Mr. Shafi’i Abdulazeez Bello that violently approached Muritalah Ibrahim and he put on self defence and none of the duo was injured.

Prior to the scene, the said Muritalah Akanbi Tadese was known for posting provoking propaganda against the leadership of the Islamic Movement on Face Book, during the reconciliatory meeting, he was covering the meeting with his phone CONTRARY to the terms of the meeting held on the 1st of January, 2017 when some participants warned him to stop such act which he continued and ignored those who warned him to stop. One of the participants approached him and collected his phone. Muritalah Akanbi Tadese being a person suspected to be suffering from Epistaxis disease “Amurun” began to bleed from nose and that was explore by the rebel group who are always hunting for opportunity to destroy the image of the movement. This fact is verifiable through the Divisional Police Station of Iwo who investigated the case.

Mr. Muritalah Ibrahim have consulted his lawyer in person of Barrister Shuaib Shitto Kewuyemi and the Director General of this organization to take appropriate legal action.

Barrister Comrade Abdulsalam Abdulfatah Liberty

Director General of Fact Finders Initiative (FFI)
Comrade A. O Abdulafeez

Director Research and News Verification

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