The Registrar of the National Examinations Council, Professor Godswill Obioma, is dead.
Obioma died on Monday night at his Minna residence in the Niger State capital.
The deceased’s son in a letter addressed to the Director Human Resource Management, NECO, Mustapha Abdul, attributed the death of his father to a “brief illness”.
The letter which one of our correspondents sighted read, “I am directed to inform all staff of the Council of the death of Prof Godswill Obioma, Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examination Council (NECO), who according to family sources, died yesterday 31st May 2021, after a brief illness”.
“We request that you kindly notify the Board, Management and the entire staff of the Council of this development.
“While staff are enjoined to remain calm, the Council prays for the peaceful repose of his soul”, the statement added.
Also, a source in the Council reported that “contrary to the news on social media that he was assassinated, the truth is that, he had a heart attack on arrival from Abuja on Monday night and was rushed to Stabdard Hospital Minna where he was confirmed dead early morning Tuesday.”
A security officer involved in investigating the reported death of the registrar said that only postmortem can confirm the cause.
“There are different versions of the reports some claimed that he was killed by criminal elements, other relations of the deceased reported that he died after brief illness after a health ailment.”
“We are waiting for a statement from the family as well as postmortem to know the next step action to be taken.”
The 67-year-old indigene of Abia State was appointed NECO Registrar in May 2020.