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Just In: Unknown Gunmen Kill NECO Registrar In Niger State

The Registrar of National Examination Council (NECO), Professor Godswill Obioma, has been reportedly killed by unknown gunmen in Niger state.

According to PeoplesGazette, his wife, Elizabeth Obioma via a telephone interview on Tuesday morning said gunmen on Monday night stormed their residence, strangling him in what she suspects to be an assassination.

She expressed; “The assassins came in and killed him and left without taking anything”.

Weeping profusely, Mrs Obioma said her husband just returned to Minna from a trip to Abuja when the armed men, hiding in his compound, descended on him and strangled him to death.

The death of the 67-year-old man who hailed from Abia state comes amid various attempts to remove him from office since his appointment on May 14, 2020.

Back in June  2020, Niger State chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) asked President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency fire Obioma.


The Council urged Buhari to remove Obioma and replace with a candidate from the host community (Niger state) or from Northern Nigeria.

Making the call in Minna, NYCN state chairman, Comrade Bello B. Shariff, said in the 21 years of NECO’s existence, the host state has been relegated to the background in appointing who sits at the helm of affairs of the examination body. However, the President did not heed to the call. 

The incident came barely a day after Ahmed Gulak, a top politician of the ruling APC, was gunned down in Owerri, raising widespread fears of insecurity.

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