Flying officer, Tolulope Arotile is reportedly dead. She died at 23, eight months after she was commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.
Flying Officer T Arotile (NAF/4512F), Tuesday, died at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna when a student pilot allegedly reversed his car to meet her but instead hit her down.
Arotile was said to have hit her head on a hard object, and bled excessively from a head injury then died instantly.
This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Air force Spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
“It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today, 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna,” the statement read.
‘’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 first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.
“During her short but impactful stay in the Service, late Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu Local 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, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”Follow us on social media