This is contained in a press release by the Prisons Public Relations Officer, DCP Enobore Francis, on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
The statement read, “This is to officially respond to numerous media enquiries over the rumoured death of Mr. Charles Okah in prison custody.
“We wish to categorically state and clarify that Mr. Charles Okah is not dead but alive, hale and hearty under the safe custody of the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS).
“The rumour has no iota of truth and therefore should be discountenanced.”
Okah, who is standing trial for terrorism, reportedly sought the permission of the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, to air his views over what he termed “endless trial”, due to his lawyer’s absence in court.
Charles Okah, who expressed frustration about the endless trial, ended his emotional statement after about five minutes, reached for a chair in the court and quickly moved towards a window but was overpowered by lawyers and other litigants who prevented him from breaking the louvers.