The Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli has allegedly committed suicide at his home in Apapa, Lagos, yesterday April 5.
This is coming barely seven months after he was promoted from a Commodore to a Rear Admiral.
Ikoli, who was appointed into the presidential committee on the probe of the $15bn arms deal, was said to have been found in a pool of his blood.
It was gathered that the senior officer left the office on Tuesday afternoon after complaining of ill-health.
He was said to have shot himself in the chest after firing two previous shots that hit the wall and the television set in his bedroom. A service pistol, expended and live ammunition, were recovered at the scene by police detectives who visited the residence.
According to The Nation, the Rear Admiral was battling an undisclosed illness, which made him loose weight. He also became withdrawn contrary to his usual boisterous personality.
It was also gathered that the deceased was suffering from depression caused by the high dollar rate and unavailability Foreign Exchange (FOREX) for his children’s tuition.
Sources also disclosed that Ikoli usually expressed worries about the possibility of assassins going after him as a result of his membership in the committee.
Officers who worked under the deceased have expressed shock over his death, insinuating that he might have been assassinated.
A close aide to the deceased said a boy who lives at his home claimed he heard gunshots from Ikoli’s room at about 5am on Wednesday morning.
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.
When contacted, the command’s information officer, Lieutenant Commander Chinwe Umar said the police have been invited for investigation.
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.
He is survived by a wife and two children.