By Oladipupo Mojeed
The police have disclosed that Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli, who was found dead in his Apapa residence earlier in this month, committed suicide.
Ikoli was also a member of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP).
His ethnic group, Ijaw, the Nigerian Navy authorities, and his family had suspected he may have been assassinated as they said he had no cause to kill himself.
Cause of death
However, the investigation by men of the Lagos State Police Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Pant has shown that the Naval Chief committed suicide.
According to Sun newspapers, a source at the force headquarters said an interim report on the investigations was submitted by the Lagos Police CID to the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni on Tuesday after which the CP communicated to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on their findings.
The report has it that before his death, the Naval Chief had signed for a service pistol and 15 rounds of live ammunition for his personal use.
“Investigations revealed that on the day of the incident, Admiral Ikoli fired two shots into the wall in his apartment.
“Neighbours who heard the gunshots immediately called his wife, Hositela Ikoli, who is based in Abuja, and alerted the Western Navy Command.
“Shortly after the call was made, his wife and a Lieutenant from his Command called him on phone and he picked, spoke to them and assured them that all was well.
“It was thereafter he pulled the trigger again and shot himself in the head,” the source said.
Detectives also gathered that Ikoli’s apartment door was locked from behind and there was no sign of any intruder breaking in.
Police investigation further revealed that only 12 rounds were left in his pistol, which meant that he shot three out of the 15 rounds he signed for.
His pistol and finger prints had also been sent to the Force Headquarters’ Forensic Department, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos for analysis and comparison.
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