The International Foundation for Protection Officers' board of directors, its membership and affiliates were deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Ona Ekhomu.
Ekhomu, 66, was a respected security expert in Africa, where he imparted his analysis on TV and before live crowds. He was also the author of the book, Boko Haram: Security Considerations and the Rise of an Insurgency and led the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), according to pmnewsnigeria.com.
Ekhomu was a longstanding partner of the IFPO, heading up the organization's affiliate in Nigeria. Always one to lead by example, Ekhomu earned the IFPO's Certified Protection Officer designation in 2019, the first African to do so.
The same year, Ekhomu and wife Vicki joined other IFPO directors for the Global Security Exchange in Chicago, Ill.
Current IFPO President Dr. Linda Florence, who knew Ekhomu personally, called him a "valued partner," and sent condolences to his wife, Vicki.
"We're all very sad about his passing," IFPO Executive Director Sandi Davies said,
"Nigeria lost a legend!! RiP Dr. Chief Ono Ekhomu, CPP. Condolences to his family and colleagues," past IFPO Chairman Dennis Shepp wrote on Linkedin.
IFPO Director Emeritus Rick Daniels wrote on Linkedin "I am so sorry to hear this awful news. Condolences to family."