Nigerian Naval Officer Allegedly Killed In Cold Blood
Solomon Derikoma, a lieutenant commander of the Nigeria Navy, was found dead inside his apartment on Sunday.
The deceased was undergoing training at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna state.
Naija News learnt that his corpse was found inside his room on Sunday morning.
Military sources said the officer was amongst those undergoing training at the top military facility in Kaduna State ahead of a study tour of Africa. He was scheduled to depart Nigeria on Sunday morning alongside other colleagues approved for the tour.
“Derikoma and some of his colleagues were to travel for a study tour,” the source who craved anonymity said.
“After waiting endlessly for him, some officers headed to his apartment, where a padlock was found on the door.”This gave the impression that there was no one in the room.”
His absence was, however, immediately noticed, prompting his colleagues to look around for him. His body was found in his room at September 26 Block, Naija News learnt.
The room was padlocked from the outside, but his remains were found soaked in blood with a stone by the side. This has prompted his colleagues to suspect homicide.
The source said after the padlock was broken, the officers found the deceased with a stone by his side. He was reportedly in a pool of blood.
“He was possibly murdered and his body had started decomposing, which means it happened anytime from Friday,” he added.
Derikoma’s colleagues were said to have proceeded with the tour. The deceased with service number: NN/2852 hailed from Rivers state.