The police denies that NECO registrar, Goodwill Obioma was assassinated

The police denies that NECO registrar, Goodwill Obioma was assassinated despite several news outlets sharing the news of his assassination, he rather died of an illness.

The Nigerian Police Force and son of Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO) Goodwill Obioma have denied the reports that he was assassinated.

Wasiu Abiodun who is a spokesperson for the Niger State Police Command , in a statement, said that despite the  reports of assassination, Obiamo  actually died after a brief illness.

“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,” the statement read.

Abiodun made it clear that the families of the late registrar had made a formal announcement that he passed to eternal glory after a brief illness at National Hospital Abuja.

NECO Head of Information and Public Relations Azeez Sani also confirmed the death of the registrar, stating that the family of the deceased revealed that he died due to an illness.

It was also reported that the late registrar’s son Goodwill Obioma Jnr said his father died after a brief illness.

Mr Obioma was appointed registrar of NECO on 14th May, 2020, by President Muhammadu Buhari after serving as  executive secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).

The late registrar was born on 12th December 1953 and hailed from Bende Local Government Area of Abia State. He was until his appointment as NECO registrar, Ebonyi State resident electoral commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Several news outlets had initially reported that  Obioma was assassinated in his residence in Minna, Niger State, on the night of Monday the 31st of May, 2021.

We pray for the family to receive strength to bear the loss.

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