Dr. Idoiye Ikoli, a medical practitioner, and elder brother of late Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli has stated that his sibling was killed.
He said circumstances surrounding his death showed that he could not have taken his own life.
“The news of his death was very shocking. I was coming in from the United States and stopped over in Dubai, from where I called the family, only for me to be told about what happened”, he told Sun.
“With what I know about my brother and the way we trust in God, it is a terrible thing to imagine (that he killed himself).
“The thought of it does not even arise because this was a hard working person, a person that was willing to face challenges and that was what brought him to limelight in the Navy.
“He recently served on the Presidential Committee on Arms Procurement, and was the only naval officer in that committee. In constituting that committee, it is on record that members were selected based on credibility and diligence.
“So that means he was indeed recognised as a diligent and credible person. He was no doubt hard working and that was what took him to that position and, of course, he was promoted because of his dedication and diligence. So to answer your question directly, my brother didn’t take his life”
On rumour that the deceased had an undisclosed health condition, Idoiye said “if he had an ailment, he would have told me because we were always together and I discussed freely with him.
“And for goodness sake, I do not know where that is coming from. The Nigerian Navy carries out physical and medical tests on its personnel every year. Again, I discuss health issues with him because he is very particular about his health.
“As a matter of fact, if you tell him you have to put on some weight, he would tell you that it would be unhealthy. He took very good care of his health and had never been overweight. He was well trained and smart and had never been on the fat side.
” In fact, while we were growing up, we used to tease him that he didn’t want to put on weight. When he was promoted, I visited him in Abuja, and just jokingly said, ‘Daniel, I think now you should put on some weight and he said, ‘No, no, I don’t want to put on weight.’
“Now at the level of his career, people tended to see a lot of generals on the heavy side with potbelly because they believe that it is a way of showing affluence but he had never been obese. I can assure you of that. People who knew him would readily attest he was never obese. Indeed, he was a workaholic”.
Idoiye insisted that the position of the family was that their son was assassinated.
“Yes, because he served in the committee that investigated the procurement of arms in the armed forces. I have reason to suspect that there was foul play.
“You know, for his kind of person known to have an uncompromising attitude and working on such a sensitive committee, one could be a target of deadly plots. You never know whose toes he might have stepped on.
“But that notwithstanding, my faith is so strong in God that the way I look at it is that what has happened has happened. And nobody knows where it came from. What I just know is that my younger brother is dead and he is gone.
“Anything could have happened, you never could tell. We live our lives, but you never know what it is and what may have happened. People are saying, ‘oh, he did very well and probably had good prospects in the Navy like becoming the Chief of Naval Staff.
“His colleagues knew well and how hard he worked for the good and service of the country. He was a very brave officer and at that level of his career, there is so much competition and he was not interested in that kind of competition.
“He wasn’t a rash person, he was not a drunkard, he was not involved in crude oil deals, he was a very disciplined officer, who had deep concern for the welfare of his personnel. He was also concerned about his mates and colleagues.
“All I can say now is let’s keep our fingers crossed and see what they will come up with after the investigation”, he added.