The Niger state Police command has refuted reports of the murder of the chief registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Professor Godswill ll Obioma, saying he died after a brief illness.
A statement Tuesday by the PPRO of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said: “The attention of the command has been drawn to a publication circulating in some section of social media and national dailies that NECO registrar, Professor 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.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to disregard the fake news and news reporters are advised to always verify their report before publication to avoid creating unnecessary panic and fear in public domain,” he said.
Also in a similar statement, Head, Information and Publicity of NECO, Sani Azeez, confirmed the passage of the registrar but denied that he was killed.