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The death yesterday of the Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Professor Godswill Obioma, has generated varied controversies. Many are now confused about how he died.

When the news of his death broke yesterday morning, a report said he was assassinated in his home at night.

According the report by an online medium, Obioma, a professor of educational measurement and evaluation, only just returned to Minna from a trip to Abuja when the suspected assassins allegedly strangled him to death.

“The assassins came in and killed him and left without taking anything,” Obioma’s wife Elizabeth allegedly told the online platform.

However, another report quoting Obioma’s son, by NECO’s Director of Human Resources Management, Mustapha Abdul, said he died on Monday afternoon.

The short message 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.”


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

He was appointed Registrar of NECO on 14th May, 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari.


He was a former Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).

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


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