by Dolapo Adelana
The Lagos State Police Command has concluded investigations into the mysterious death of Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli, the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command, who was found dead in his Apapa residence on April 5, according to The Sun.
Until his death, Ikoli Admiral was also a member of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP)
According to the newspaper the investigation was carried out by detectives attached to the Lagos State Police Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti.
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According to a reliable source at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, 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 details revealed that Admiral Ikoli committed suicide contrary to earlier speculations by the Navy, his family and Ijaw National Congress as well as Ijaw Youths Congress that he was assassinated.
It was gathered that before his death, Ikoli 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.
During the investigation, detectives found out that the late Admiral’s apartment door was locked from behind and there was no sign of any intruder breaking in. Further investigation showed that only 12 rounds were left in his pistol, which meant that he shot three out of the 15 rounds he signed for.
Detectives have also sent his pistol and and finger prints to the Force Headquarters’ Forensic Department, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos for analysis and comparison.
The police source added that detectives from SCID, Panti, on Monday interrogated the widow of Admiral Ikoli, in Abuja, where she is based. “The report showed that the woman confirmed that she was alerted on the day of the incident after the initial two gunshots were heard from his apartment and she called her husband, who picked his mobile phone and assured her there was no problem.”
Beside her, it was also learnt that, the police had equally interrogated the Naval Lieutenant who called Admiral Ikoli that night and some neighbours who alerted Mrs Hositela Ikoli.