Abuja - The Nigerian Prison Service has dismissed rumours Charles Okah, the terror mastermind of the Independence Day 2010 bombing, has died in prison.
Reports have recently suggested he dies at Kuje Prison, with the causes of death ranging from suicide to torture by officials.
Prisons Public Relations Officer, Enobore Francis, shot down the reports.
“This is to officially respond to numerous media enquiries over the rumoured death of Charles Okah in prison custody.
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"We wish to categorically state and clarify that 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,” said Francis.
That twin bomb blast on October 1, 2010, which was the first to be witnessed in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, left 12 people dead and 17 injured.
Okah was arrested in South Africa following the twin car bombings.
He had denied the charges claiming they were politically-motivated.
In 2013, he was for 24 years by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.
- CAJ News