Controversy surrounds death of NECO registrar

Godswill Obioma, National Examinations Council (NECO) Registrar
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Professor Godswill Obioma, a registrar of National Examination Council (NECO) is dead.

The circumstances of his death appears conflicting as it was reportedly connected to strangling to death by gunmen suspected to be assassins and a brief illness.

His wife, Elizabeth Obioma, confirmed the incident on Tuesday morning saying “the assassins came in and killed him and left without taking anything.”

She told an online newspaper, Peoples Gazette that her husband had just returned to Minna from Abuja when the armed men attacked him. The police is yet to speak on the incident. understands that Mr Obioma, 67, was appointed head of NECO on May 14, 2020.

However, in a Circular issued by the Director, Human Resource Management, Mr. Mustapha K. Abdul and made available to newsmen by Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division in Minna on Tuesday, quoted family sources as saying that Professor Obioma died on 31st May, 2021 after a brief illness.

The source of his death has, however, remained a controversy as the son, Prince Godswill Obioma, attributed his father’s death to heart failure in his residence.

The agency official urged the staff to pray for the soul of the late NECO Registrar/Chief Executive.

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Obioma was born on 12th December, 1953 and hails from Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

A Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, late Professor Obioma was a former Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).

Until his appointment as Registrar of NECO, Professor Obioma was the Ebonyi State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The late Registrar is survived by his wife and children.

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