August 16, 2022

Reporters’ Diary

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Ona Ekhomu Will Never Be Forgotten, NAOSNP Mourns Frontline Security Expert

The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), has expressed great shock at the death of revered security strategist and analyst, Mr. Ona Ekhomu.

Expressing the Association’s condolences in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Eric Elezuo, the National President, Mr. Samson Oki, said the death of Mr Ekhomu came at time when the country needs more of his wealth of knowledge and experience, adding that though he will be sorely missed, he will never be forgotten.

“Ona Ekhomu is a security encyclopedia, whose efforts have greatly impacted the nation and the world at large. He proved himself as a force to reckon with, providing strategies and other sundry mechanism to support the fight against insurgency, banditry and other crimes. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten in the security world,” he said.

He added that NAOSNP regrets his death as he is one of great speakers penciled down for the Association’s security conference due to hold in November.

Ekhomu, who held dual citizenship of both the United States and Nigeria, died on August 9, 2021 after a brief illness at the age of 66.

Born in 1955 to Augustine Ogbeni and Cecilia Edowaye Ekhomu, he had a Diploma from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 1974, Bachelor Summa Cum laude Voorhees College, 1977, Master of Arts Iowa State University,1979 and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985.

He was a leading voice in security related matters, and gave his time, expertise and resources in trying to find an end to Nigeria’s security challenges.

Until his death, he was the Chairman, Security Systems Limited.

May his soul rest in perfect peace!