Nigerian Navy Admiral found dead was assassinated – Officers

Daniel Ikoli
Daniel Ikoli

The late rear admiral, Daniel Ikoli, the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command, Lagos, who was found dead at his Apapa residence on April 5, did not kill himself, contrary to some reports.

According to authoritative sources at the command, Mr. Ikoli may have been assassinated as he had no cause to kill himself.

“Ikoli has been penciled down by the President as the next Chief of Naval Staff; he recently earned a special promotion to his present rank from Commodore.

“He was on the panel probing arms deal which also affects the Armed Forces, including the Navy.

“Ikoli was a disciplined, gentle, straightforward and honest man, who had no regard for protocol. It is nothing but a murder case,’’ a source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

The source also said that because of his performance as the Commander, NNS Beecroft, he was loved by all officers and the junior ones.

He said: “Ikoli transformed the place by introducing smart I.D. cards and increasing special duty allowance from N4,000 to N12,000.

“Everybody 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.

“He really complimented 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.”

Another officer, who said he worked with him, also told NAN that the late Mr. Ikoli, a rear admiral, was an easy-going man who did not believe in bothering people.

“At the close of work, he usually allows his aides to go home and stay with their families.

“In most cases, he will be the one to open the gate of his residence for visitors using a remote control.

“The officer would not have killed himself; it is pure case of assassination.

“There is a mystery surrounding his death; for instance, the two ambulances they brought to take him to the mortuary refused to move.

“It was when they brought his service car and transferred the body into it that they were able to take his corpse to the morgue,” he said.



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  • amazing2012

    Nbam I said so, there is more to be told. My prayer is my God expose and punish those involve and cast his curse on them and their unborn generation. Amen !

  • wode

    What a wicked world!

  • Factsay

    Devilish zoo

  • MI

    We surely have missed a gallant officer and a gentleman. May his good soul Rest In Peace. And may God uncover and expose any kind of wickedness or evil done him. God grant his family your grace at this time of their grieve and great distress and God look after them as if he were still with them.

  • Babatunde Aluko

    Contracted military personnel murdered him

  • Boss

    May his soul rest in peace and may God comfort his family.
    Do these officers have access to his head and know what he was thinking? This shows the stranglehold of superstition on mental health challenges in Nigeria. It is reckless to talk about assassination without providing any evidence. Where was his wife, guard, children or anyone who lives in the house or does he live alone? Have they been interviewed? By his status, the man would have arm in his house (at least a pistol), so you think an assassin would walk into the man’s bedroom and kill him without encountering a fight-back.
    A few months ago, a very successful surgeon, family man and all you can call success went to George Washington Bridge in New York and committed suicide by jumping into the Hudson. His wife could not believe it but it was suicide. The man drove himself to the place and jumped into the river. I reference this to show that you cannot know what is going on in the mind of another person.