Federal Government yesterday dismissed as untrue reports in the social media of the death of terror suspect, Charles Okah, in custody.

Speculations were rife yesterday that Okah, al­leged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing, had died in Abu­ja.

On Tuesday, 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 sought permis­sion of the judge on Tues­day to speak on what he termed “endless trial” as his counsel was absent in court.

The judge granted the oral application and per­mitted Mr. Okah to speak for about five minutes.

He said, “I have been incarcerated for about five years now and I have a fam­ily to cater for.

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“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. Thereafter he took a chair and made for the window ostensibly to jump down the multi-storey building.

He was consequently ru­moured to have died yester­day in prison.

However, the Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, has stated that Okah is alive and in good health.

A statement issued by the Service spokesman, DCP Enobore Francis, yes­terday in Abuja said the report was a figment of the imagination of the authors.

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The short statement reads: “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.

“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.”

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