Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli, Naval Officer who worked with the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command ,who was found dead at No. 8B Roycroft Street, Apapa GRA, , Lagos. on Wednesday April 5th.
According to reports, Ikoli was the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT and later appointed into the presidential committee on the probe of arms deal, was said to have been found in a pool of his blood.
He reportedly left his office yesterday afternoon after complaining of ill health. He had been battling an undisclosed ailment that had got him emaciated. According to some sources who spoke with the Nation, the deceased had been suffering from depression caused by the high dollar rate and unavailability of Foreign Exchange (FOREX) for his children’s tuition. He had reportedly always expressed fears of being assassinated due to his membership in the presidential committee. Some Officers who worked under the deceased have expressed shock over his death, insisting he might have been assassinated.
According to a naval aide to the deceased, a boy who lives at his home claimed he heard gunshot from Ikoli’s room and took cover.
“The boy said he heard gunshot and when he did, he took cover. His wife is in Abuja and his children school abroad. His orderly and Naval Assistant (NA) usually go after dropping him. The bullet hit him on the chest. Three bullets were seen in his room. No one can really tell what happened but the position he was seen suggests he might have been scared of something or someone. He was a nice and intelligent officer. He was the one who spearheaded the renovations at BEECROFT when he was Commander. It’s a sad news really.”
Confirming the incident, the command’s information officer, Lieutenant Commander Chinwe Umar, said the police have been invited for investigation.
She said: “In the early hours of Wednesday, April 5, gunshots were heard in the vicinity where Rear Admiral Teikumo Daniel Ikoli resides in Apapa.
“When his room was opened, he was found dead. Police have been invited and investigation is ongoing. When the situation is clearer, an update would be given.”