[Lagos]–The discovery of the lifeless body of the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command, Apapa, Rear Admiral Teikumo Daniel Ikoli, yesterday in his apartment at Tamadu Barracks, North Avenue, Apapa, Lagos, threw the residents into a state of shock and despair.
There were conflicting reports as to how this weird incident occurred.
However a source told Vanguard that sounds of gunshots were heard from his duplex in the early hours of yesterday.
It was gathered that late Ikoli, who was one-time Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Beecroft, lived in the duplex with a house help, a boy, while his children schooled abroad.
It was also gathered that he left the office earlier than usual on Tuesday, after complaining that he was not feeling well.
Police sources said that “it was discovered that the deceased could have shot himself” as three bullets were found in his room.
“But we have begun investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident,” the source said adding that “there was no suicide note either.”
A personnel, who spoke on condition of anonymity described the deceased as “a wonderful officer and an achiever”.
“When he was the Commander of NNS Beecroft, he transformed the place. But we noticed that he became withdrawn at a point. He also suffered from an unknown ailment.
“Only God knows what happened yesterday. There are suspicions that he could have been assassinated, because he had once said assassins were after him.
“That was when he was a member of the Presidential Committee on the probe of arms deal. He lived alone— with a domestic worker.
“His wife stays in Abuja, while his children are schooling abroad.”
Statement by the Western Naval Command by the Command’s Information Officer, Lieutenant Commander Chinwe Umar, read: “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 on. When the situation is clearer, an update will be given.”Please Follow Us @ThePageNg