- The author of Boko Haram: Security Considerations and the Rise of an Insurgency, Ona Ekhomu, is dead
- Media sources have it that Chief Ekhomu died of Coronavirus somewhere in Lagos state on Monday, August 9
- The security expert, as one of the country's brightest minds, was the first chartered security professional in West Africa
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Lagos - Nigerian on Monday, August 9, lost one of its most prominent security experts, Chief Ona Ekhomu, who authored the book, Boko Haram: Security Considerations and the Rise of an Insurgency.
PM News reports that Ekhomu, the leader of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), died of COVID-19 in Lagos on Monday.
A native of Edo state who was born in 1955, Ekhomu was famed as the first chartered security professional in West Africa.
The security guru was a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), who had attended Western Boys’ High School, Benin, and graduated in 1972.
Outside Nigeria, Ekhomu bagged a Masters's degree from the Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa in 1979; and a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs – Policy Management from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985.
Ona Ekhomu receives Yoruba youths leadership award
Meanwhile, Ekhomu was conferred with the Award of Yoruba Youth’s Ambassador of Peace 2020/2021 in recognition of his efforts at creating security awareness among Nigerians.
Presenting the honor in Lagos - on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - the President of Yoruba Youth Assembly (YYA), Hon. Olarinde Thomas said that the security warnings and alerts that Dr. Ekhomu had been issuing about insecurity in Nigeria for over 40 years have unfortunately proven to be accurate as the threats have now materialized into loss events.
Olarinde said that he could not believe that a time would come in Nigeria when traveling from Ibadan to Ile Ife would be an extremely hazardous undertaking. He said that Dr. Ekhomu had warned about this precarious and dangerous condition but the Nigerian government and people did not listen.