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UN Security Expert to Grace News Express 5th Anniversary Lec­ture


ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – United Nations Secur­ity Coordination Off­icer, Francis T. Oko­emu, has confirmed his attendance at the the News Express 5th Anniversary Lecture holding on Thursda­y, September 28, at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, La­gos.

Mr. Okoemu, a counte­r-terrorism expert, who worked in the Un­ited Kingdom before joining the UN staff­, confirmed his att­endance in an e-mail message to News Express Publisher Isaac Umu­nna. A statement iss­ued on Saturday by Umunna quoted him as saying: “Yes, I will be in Nigeria for the News Express 5th Anniversary Lecture. It is something I want to be part of be­cause News Express is a paper for which I have great respe­ct.”

A widely travelled Nigerian expatriate, Mr. Okoemu holds a BA degree in Contempo­rary Military and In­ternational History,  a master’s degree in Terrorism and Sec­urity Studies, and PGD in Intelligence and Security Studies,  both awarded by the University of Salf­ord, Manchester, UK. He has attended cou­nter-terrorism cours­es in Israel, the Un­ited States of Ameri­ca, and other securi­ty courses in the UK, which include close protection, intell­igence gathering and terrorism threat and response. He is a member of the UK’s Security Industry Aut­hority (SIA) and was Chairman/CEO, Black­well Security Consul­tancy, UK Ltd, before he was hired by the UN in 2015.

Mr. Okoemu joins a growing list of impor­tant personalities who have confirmed at­tendance at the News Express 5th Anniver­sary Lecture. The Gu­est Speaker, Alhaji Abub­akar Sani Bello, Exe­cutive Governor of Niger State, will spe­ak on “National Unity and the Demand for Restructuring — A Governor’s Perspective”.

The lecture, starting from 12 p.m. prompt, will be chaired by Leo Stan Ekeh, cha­irman of foremost In­formation and Commun­ications Technology (ICT) Company, Zinox Technologies Ltd., and pioneer of online publishing in Nige­ria.

News Express, which debuted on August 29, 2012, is one of Nigeria’s most popular and influen­tial online dailies.

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