Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has assured Nigerians that he is alive and well.
The sect had in July 2014 similarly encountered the military and three of El-Zakzaky children were among those cut down in the violence.
"Clinically he (El-Zakzaky) is not dead yet". He has been held without trial despite court orders directing his release. The rumour was denied by his lawyer, Femi Falana.
According to report, he wore a white flowing gown with turban during the encounter with the newsmen, during which he reportedly cracked jokes with the newshounds. He is later driven away in a Toyota Prado SUV.
He also thanked Nigerians for their prayers, as well as the DSS for allowing him access to his doctors.
Sheikh El-Zakzaky: If they agree and allow me (He says so jokingly) Journalist: How are you feeling now?
"So it was my own doctors who examined me".
"I am getting better, thanks to all your prayers", he told journalists.
Reacting separately, he said the bullet in El-Zakzaky's wife's body is yet to be removed.
The Shiite leader and his wife have been in detention of the DSS since the December 2015 clash of his members with the military in Zaria, Kaduna State.
At least 350 Shia members were killed in the onslaught which has elicited criticisms of the army by human rights groups, including Amnesty International.
In December 2016, A Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his immediate release but the government is yet to obey that order.