The federal government, on Wednesday, dismissed social media reports which claimed that terror suspect, and alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing, Charles Okah, had died while in police custody in Abuja.
A statement issued by the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) spokesman, DCP Enobore Francis, yesterday in Abuja described the report as a figment of the imagination of the authors.~
The statement read, “I wish to react to the numerous calls from media correspondents seeking clarifications into the rumoured death of Mr. Charles Okah in prison custody and state that the information is not true.
Debunking the speculations, the service categorically stated that Okah is alive and in good health.
“Okah is hale and hearty and going about his normal daily routine in safe custody. The rumour has no iota of truth and should therefore be disregarded,” the statement read.
You will recall that on Tuesday, Charles Okah, a brother to Henry Okah, leader of the outlawed Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, had attempted suicide inside an Abuja courtroom.
He had prayed the judge’s permissions to speak on what he termed “endless trial” as his counsel was absent in court.
The judge however granted the oral application and permitted Mr. Okah to speak for about five minutes.
Okah said, “I have been incarcerated for about five years now and I have a family to cater for.
“My children would grow up without feeling the warmth of their father and I am tired of this endless trial.
“I really do not know what I have done to be treated this way.
“Is it not better to die than to wait and be messed up this way?” he asked.
Okah thereafter took a chair and made for the window to jump down the three storey building.
Following this suicide attempt, Okah was consequently rumoured to have died yesterday in prison.