The Role of Private Security

By Dr. Ona Ekhomu

Dr. Ona Ekhomu is 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).  Ekhomu is the Chairman of Trans-World Security Systems Ltd. (Lagos, Nigeria) and Chairman of the School of Management and Security Ltd. (Lagos, Nigeria). In 2004, the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria named Ekhomu as the Private Security Chief of the Year.

Nearly one year since Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to ISIS, its threat to Nigeria has changed, though still remains.  “Clearly, the snake has been injured and weakened, but not killed or defanged,”  Ona Ekhomu, President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), told The Cipher Brief about the insurgent group. As a renowned security expert, Ekhomu outlined his recommendations for how private industry and government can address the Boko Haram threat, advising that defeating Boko Haram will come from a brilliant strategy, not brute force.

The Cipher Brief: How does the Boko Haram threat affect private industry in Nigeria?  What is the role of private security firms in protecting against this threat?

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