The Registrar of the National Examinations Council, Professor Godswill Obioma, reportedly died on Monday night after a “brief illness.”
Elizabeth Obioma, wife of the victim had told Peoples Gazette that her husband was killed by unknown gunmen in his residence on Monday night.
She said that her husband had just returned to Minna from a trip to Abuja when the armed men, lurking in his compound, descended on him and strangled him.
“The assassins came in and killed him and left without taking anything,” she had said.
However, in a statement, Director, Human resources of NECO, Abdul Mustapha, denied reports that Obioma was assassinated.
Mustapha added that Obioma died in his sleep as a result of heart failure and not killed by unknown gunmen.
Here are seven things you should know about the late NECO Registrar:
1.Obioma hails from Bende Local Government Area in Abia State, South-East Nigeria.
2. In 1993, Obioma was appointed a Professor of Mathematics Education and Evaluation at the University of Jos and rose to Head of Department in 1993.
3. From 1994 to 2000, Obioma served as the Director, Monitoring and Evaluation in the National Primary Education Commission, Kaduna.
4. He served as the Director, Monitoring, Research and Statistics at the National Board for Technical Education, Benin City, from 2003 to 2005.
5. From 2005, he served two terms as the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, Abuja.
6. He was the former Resident Electoral Commissioner of Ebonyi State.
7. On May 14, 2020, Obioma was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the registrar of NECO for a five years tenure, now cut shut by his sudden death.