Admiral Aikhomu dies from COVID-19 complications in Abuja

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Former Chief of Naval Administration Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu (rtd) is dead.

Aikhomu, 65, passed on Thursday morning in Abuja allegedly from COVID-19 complications.

The deceased who was younger brother to former military Vice President, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (rtd), was until his death, chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS), a company his late brother founded with businessman Captain Hosa Okunbo.

Aikhomu was also a member of the investigative panel on arms procurement between 2007 and 2015 which was set up by President Muhammadu Buhari during his first tenure.

According to sources, his death has thrown the navy community into mourning as Aikhomu was considered a mobile encyclopedia on maritime operations and logistics in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region.

Aikhomu a serially-decorated Admiral well-versed in maritime operations and logistics, with special reference to the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, Aikhomu’s wealth of experience traverses all facets of military and maritime services.

He is an expert in his chosen profession, after a career that has seen him serve as the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, and as Chief of Administration at the Naval Headquarters, among many other responsibilities.

The Edo-born Admiral successfully controlled the once crime-ridden Calabar waters which hitherto, were unsafe for trans-border trade between Nigeria and some Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), especially Cameroon.

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With multiple professional training from the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Nigeria to leadership programmes at the Harvard Business School in Massachusetts, USA, Aikhomu has constantly sought for personal and professional improvement. He has been awarded numerous honours by the Nigerian Navy.

Beyond the shores of Nigeria, the stellar Admiral has distinguished himself as an achiever of note, from participating in the ECOMOG West Africa peacekeeping operation, to the United Nations Iraq–Kuwait Observation Mission.

Until his passing, he was a consultant in maritime security and logistics support, passionate about community development and mentoring tomorrow’s leaders.