The Registrar of National Examinations Council, NECO, Prof. Godswill Obioma has been reported dead.
The NECO boss reportedly died Monday night in his sleep in his Minna residence.
The Director, Human resources of the NECO, Abdul Mustapha confirmed the death of the NECO boss, said he died in his sleep as a result of heart failure.
Mr Mustapha forwarded communication from Obioma’s second son, Prince Godswill Obioma, informing him of the death of his father thus:
“Mustapha K. Abdul (Director Human Resource Management, NECO),
“Dear Sir, this is to formally inform you that my father, Prof. Godswill Obioma, the Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO passed to eternal glory yesterday 31/5/2021 after a brief illness.
“We request that you kindly notify the Board, Management and the entire staff of the Council of this development.
“We shall keep you duly informed.
“Prince Godswill Obioma the 2nd, for the family.”
The release of the conversation between the deceased son and Mustapha contradicted some reports in some online and social media platforms alleging that the NECO boss was assassinated in his Minna residence by some unknown gunmen.
Read the reports below:
Gunmen suspected to be assassins have killed the Registrar of the National Examinations Council, Professor Godswill Obioma.
Godswill Obioma was killed on Monday night when the hoodlums stormed his Minna residence in the Niger State capital.
The deceased’s widow, Mrs Elizabeth Obioma, told newsmen that “the assassins came in and killed him and left without taking anything.”
Efforts to speak with the Niger State Police Command proved abortive as the police spokesperson neither picked nor returned his calls and text messages as of the time of filing this report.
The 67-year-old indigene of Abia State was appointed NECO Registrar in May 2020.
Obioma’s killing occurred a day after the murder of Adamawa-born politician and ex-presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak.
Recall that gunmen on Sunday morning killed Gulak, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Gulak was callously murdered while he was on his way to catch a flight at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri.
Like Imo State in South-East Nigeria, Niger State in Nigeria’s North-Central has been a hotbed of killings and kidnappings of late as rampaging bandits terrorise the people of the state.
Just on Sunday, about 200 students of an Islamiyya school located at Tegina in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State were abducted.
One person was said to have been shot dead while another was critically injured after the gunmen carried out the kidnap operation on Sunday afternoon.