By Victor Ernest with agency report
The late Rear Adm. Daniel Ikoli, the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command, Lagos, who was found dead at his Apapa residence on April 5, did not kill himself, according to a source in the navy.
Ikoli was a disciplined, gentle, straightforward and honest man. It is nothing but a murder case, the authoritative source at the command told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.
Before his death, Ikoli was on the panel probing arms deal which also affects the Armed Forces, including the Navy.
He has been pencilled down by the President as the next Chief of Naval Staff; he recently earned a special promotion to his present rank from Commodore.
”Ikoli was assassinated as he had no cause to kill himself,” said the source.
The source also said that because of his performance as the Commander, NNS Beecroft, he was loved by all officers and the junior ones.
The source listed the achievement of the late commander to include transformation of the command by introducing smart I.D. cards and increasing special duty allowance from N4, 000 to N12, 000.
”He is aware that he was an introvert, but he made sure that things worked properly and he had respect for all and zero tolerance for corruption,” the source disclosed.
The source further stated that Ikoli complemented President Buhari on his anti-corruption war and ”I think that was why he was appointed to serve on the arms deal probe panel.”
“His elevation as the next Chief of Naval Staff would have been announced if not for the president’s trip to London for medical checkup,” he disclosed.
Easy going man
Another officer, who said he worked with him, also said the late Ikoli was an easy-going man who did not believe in bothering people.
He said the late commander usually allows his aides to go home and stay with their families at the close of work.
”The officer would not have killed himself; it is a pure case of assassination,” the source added.