The alleged mastermind of the October 1, 2010 bombing in Abuja, Charles Okah, is hale and hearty, the Nigerian Prison Service said on Wednesday.
The clarification by the NPS came amid reports that Okah had died.
Okah had on Tuesday attempted to kill himself during his appearance in court in Abuja on allegations over the 2010 bomb blasts.
The NPS in a statement by its spokesman, Enobore Francis, said: “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.
“The rumour has no iota of truth and therefore should be discountenanced.”