The Niger State Police Command says its untrue claims that the Registrar of the National Examination Council, Prof. Godswill Obioma was assassinated by gunmen in Minna.
The Spokesperson of the Niger State Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun made the clarification in a statement on Tuesday, saying his family had formally announced that he passed on after a brief illness at the National Hospital in Abuja.
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. ”
The deceased’s widow, Mrs Elizabeth Obioma, had earlier told newsmen that her husband was killed by gunmen.
“The assassins came in and killed him and left without taking anything,” she said.
But the son of the deceased in a letter addressed to the Director Human Resource Management, NECO, Mustapha Abdul, said his father died after a “brief illness”.
The letter read, “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.”