It was tragedy on Wednesday within the Naval community in Lagos as the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command, Apapa, Lagos State, Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli, was found dead at his Apapa residence.
It was gathered that the Naval Commander shot himself dead.
Ikoli, who was 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 while a service pistol, expended and live ammunition, were recovered at the scene by police detectives who visited the residence.
It was understood that before the incident, he lived with his house boy while his wife resides in Abuja and his children schooling abroad.
Speaking on the incident, a naval aide to the deceased said his house boy claimed he heard gunshot from Ikoli’s room and took cover.
The aide said: “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.”
A source close to Okoli said that he had been managing depression and an ailment for some time, adding that it was not impossible that he committed suicide.
The source said, “He was Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT, and was later appointed into the presidential committee that probed the arms deal. He was very lively and intelligent.
“But for some time now, he had been battling an illness and had lost weight. He had also become reserved lately, which was unlike him. He usually complained about the high dollar rate and unavailability of foreign exchange because he had children studying abroad.
“He left the office on Tuesday afternoon after complaining that he was not feeling fine. I was shocked this morning when I learnt he shot himself.”
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.”