The Navy community in Apapa area of Lagos was thrown into mourning on Wednesday as Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli, Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command (WNC), was found dead in his home.
Sources said that Admiral Ikoli must have killed himself.
The deceased, who was the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT and later appointed a member of the presidential committee on the probe of arms deal, was said to have been found in a pool of his blood.
It was also learnt that Admiral Ikoli had been battling with an undisclosed illness, which made him to lose weight. He allegedly became withdrawn contrary to his usual lively personality.
The AUTHORITY gathered that he was suffering from depression caused by the high exchange dollar rate and inability to source Foreign Exchange (FOREX) for his children’s tuition abroad.
According to sources, he had severally expressed worries on the possibility of assassins going after him because of his membership of the presidential committee.
The officers who worked under the deceased yesterday expressed shock over his death, suspecting that he might have been assassinated.
A close aide of the deceased, who lives at his home, claimed he heard gunshot from Ikoli’s room and took cover.
He disclosed that Admiral Ikoli’s wife was in Abuja and his children school abroad, adding that his orderly and Naval Assistant (NA) usually go home after dropping him.
He said: “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.”
“Ikoli was a nice and intelligent officer. He was the one who spearheaded the renovation at BEECROFT when he was Commander. It’s indeed sad news really,” the aide said.
A statement from the Headquarters of the Western Naval Command, explained that gunshots were heard near Ikoli’s house and when his room was opened, he was found dead.
The Navy did not explain what may have led to the alleged incident but it added that the police had been invited and investigations have commenced into the incident.