Emerging facts have revealed how Ex-Classmate killed Tolulope Arotile, the NAF 1st female pilot .
According to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF), Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s First female combat helicopter pilot, was hit by her former classmate’s car.
Awesomekoncepts News Online Nigeria reports that First Nigeria Air Force female pilot , Tolulope Arotile is dead. She died at age 23 on 14th July 2020.
Tolulope Arotile death was contained during a statement issued on Tuesday night by the Director of PR and knowledge Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
The statement from NAF Official Twitter page reveals that Arotile, who was a Flying Officer until her death, was killed in an accident at the Nigerian Air Force base in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria. Tolulope Arotile died as a results of head injuries she sustained from the accident.
This statement read thus, “It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today, Bastille Day 2020, as a results of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
“Until her death, Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the primary ever female combat helicopter pilot within the Service. During her short but impactful stay within the Service, late Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu government Area of Kogi State, contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North Central States of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, sky marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family lately Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul rest ,” the statement read.
However, on Wednesday, Air Com. Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of PR and knowledge , said during a statement that the unnamed ex-classmate was reportedly reversing the car when it hit Arotile who fell and hit her head on the tarmac.
The statement said Arotile who joined the NAF out of a passion for the work , died while receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
“Flying Officer Arotile died on July 14, 2020, at the age of 24, when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force lyceum classmate while trying to greet her.
“Before her untimely death, Flying Officer Arotile made significant and outstanding contributions to the war against terrorism, armed banditry and other sorts of criminality within the country, flying several combat missions,” the spokesman said.
Eight months ago, late Tolulope Arotile, was decorated by Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff, the primary female helicopter pilot within the history of the Nigerian Air Force, after she had just ended a programme at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa .
While decorating Tolulope Arotile alongside Kafayat Sanni, the primary female combat pilot , Abubakar had said: “They aren’t only female officers but outstanding aviators. While one among the 2 pilots is that the first female combat pilot within the 55 years history of the NAF, the other is that the first female combatant helicopter pilot.”
NAF LOSES FLYING OFFICER TOLULOPE AROTILE IN ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN KADUNA
— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) July 14, 2020