The National Examination Council’s (NECO) Registrar Professor Godswill Obioma died on Monday, according to NECO.
The 66-year-old NECO Registrar died from a brief sickness, according to officials quoting family sources.
This was contained in a message the son of the late professor of educational measurement and evaluation, Godswill Obioma the 2nd, shared with the management of NECO on Tuesday morning.
This was also confirmed by Mr Obioma’s personal assistant, Obinna Otumdi.
Mr Otumdi spoke exclusively with PREMIUM TIMES via telephone on Tuesday morning.
The personal assistant, however, said he was not in the best position to speak on the death of his late boss.
He said; “I am sure the family will address the public soon. My boss was ill, briefly, before nature took its course.”
According to the message by the son, which was sent on Tuesday morning to NECO’s Director of Human Resources Management, Mustapha Abdul, Mr Obioma died on Monday afternoon.
The short message, a copy of which was obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, reads in part; “Dear Sir, this is to formally inform you that my father, Prof. Godswill Obioma, the registrar/chief executive officer of NECO passed to eternal glory yesterday 31/5/2021 after a brief illness.
NECO also confirms the death in a statement by Mustapha Abdul, the director of Human Resource Management.
President Muhammadu Buhari appointed late Obioma as Registrar of NECO last year.
He replaced Professor Charles Uwakwe who was sacked due to alleged official misconduct.
However, the Niger State Police Command has described as untrue claims that the Registrar of the National Examination Council, Prof. Godswill Obioma was assassinated by unknown gunmen in Minna.
The organization said his family had formally announced that he passed on after a brief illness at the National Hospital in Abuja.
The Spokesperson of the Niger State Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, made the clarification in a statement with Ref. No: AZ:5250/NGS/PPRO/VOL.20/117 on Tuesday.
He said, “The attention of Niger State Police Command has been drawn to a publication circulating in some section of social media and national dailies that NECO Registrar, Prof. Godswill Obioma was murdered by unknown gunmen in Minna. This story is totally false, untrue and a pure piece of fake news.
“It is important to state categorically that on 31st May, 2021 the family of the Registrar/CEO National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof Godswill Obioma formally announced that he passed to eternal glory after a brief illness at National Hospital Abuja.