Okah not dead – FG
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.
“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.
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.”To Receive Latest Music, Video & News Updates , Add Us To Your WhatsApp: 08035927807; BBM Pin: D1C43241