NECO denies registrar’s reported assassination, says Obioma died of heart failure

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has denied the claim that its registrar, Godswill Obioma, was assassinated.

Obioma died in his sleep as a result of heart failure, NECO human resources director Abdul Mustapha said, adding that he got the information from the late registrar’s son.

Mustapha shared a message from Obioma’s second son, Prince Godswill Obioma, informing him of the death of his father, with the media.

The message read:

“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’s son and Mustapha contradicted an earlier report alleging that the NECO boss was assassinated in his Minna residence by unknown gunmen.

The report quoted his wife, Elizabeth Obioma, as saying unknown gunmen strangled her husband to death.


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