Obaseki, security experts, others mourn Ekhomu
The governor, in a statement, said Ekhomu’s passing was painful and saddening, noting that he was an illustrious son of the state, who distinguished himself in his chosen endeavour.
“I am saddened by the news of the death of Dr. Ona Ekhomu, a respected and resourceful Edo son, who made the state proud by his exploits in his chosen profession.
“He was cerebral, articulate, and composed, bringing his knowledge and expertise to bear in proffering solutions to Nigeria’s security challenges.
“His incisive and wise counsel will be sorely missed, even as we pray that God will grant his family, friends, and associates the fortitude to bear this painful loss,” he said.
Also, a former DSS boss, Dennis Amachree, said: “Dr. Ona Ekhomu introduced me to industrial security. A thoroughbred security professional and a gentleman’s gentleman.”
Another Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rtd), Taiwo Lakanu, said: “He was a committed expert who was dedicated and committed to the reduction of violent crimes in the country. He was also a prolific writer, who espoused his intellectual capacity to provide answers to criminal issues bedevilling the nation.”
For a security consultant, Dipo Kehinde, Ekhomu was a leading private security practitioner in Africa.
“He was the most accomplished, committed, consistent and cerebral of them all. He was also a good family man, blessed with a beautiful wife and children,” he added.
On his part, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Ahmed Ilyasu (Rtd), said Ekhomu was an iconic security strategist. Always proffering ways and solutions to emerging new patterns of crime and criminality, especially insurgency.
The Managing Director of Strict Guard Security, Dr. Bone Efoziem, said: “He was a great pillar in the civil security industry in particular and the nation in general and also the highest contributor to the body of knowledge available to the industry here in Nigeria.”
Managing Director of Badison security, Mathew Ibadin said: “This is a loss, whose impact will be strongly felt by many because Chief Dr. Ona Ekhomu was a visionary to be reckoned with.
“He was my teacher, he delivered a lecture organised by PCRC Victoria Island on Practical Implementation of Community Policing.
“He was one who had the interest of the community at heart and was always at the forefront to fight against any form of crime. Chief Ona was an icon in the security industry. He encouraged me to register my security company because he was enthusiastic about the progress and development of those around him.
“He was a friend, a brother, and a mentor in the security industry. But as Rabindranath once said, “death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” His song may have ended, but his melody still lives on within us. May his soul rest in peace and fortitude be granted unto his loved ones.”
Ibadin said he was a global leader in industrial security and a founding member of Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON) International in Nigeria.
The renowned security expert, who was born on March 26, 1955 in Irrua, Edo State, was the first chartered security professional in West Africa.
Ekhomu was president of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON) and the Africa Representative of the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO).
Sources say the family will issue a formal announcement soon.
He would be missed in Nigeria’s private security space. He has helped in shaping the future of industrial security, man guarding and VIP protection.
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