Barely seven months after he was promoted from the rank of a Commodore to a Rear Admiral, Daniel Teikumo Ikoli, an officer of the Nigerian Navy, has died in his residence in Apapa GRA, Lagos State.
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. The deceased was the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command (WNC).
It was learnt that a service pistol, expended and live ammunition, were recovered at the scene by police detectives who visited the residence. It was gathered that he lived with his house boy. His wife stays in Abuja, while his children are schooling abroad.
It was gathered that the commander, a member of the presidential committee investigating the $15bn arms deal, left his office on Tuesday around 1pm, on the grounds that he was ill. Around 5am on Wednesday, the house boy reportedly heard a gunshot from his room.
On getting to the spot, he found him dead and raised the alarm. A source close to Okoli disclosed that he had been managing depression and an ailment for some time, adding that it was not impossible that he committed suicide.
There were, however, diverse reports on how Ikoli died. While an impeccable police source said Ikoli shot himself, another source revealed that Ikoli usually expressed worries about the possibility of assassins coming after him as a result of his membership of the arms deal committee.
I don’t want to believe he shot himself. Really we can’t rule out the possibility that he was assassinated.