Following the death of Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria's first-ever female combatant helicopter pilot, many Nigerians have taken to social media to express their grief over the demise of the promising military official.
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Recall that Nigeria Air Force on Tuesday, July 14, announced the tragic loss of Arotile who died barely eight months after she was winged and conferred with special recognition.
The pilot officer's death, which was described as "unfortunate" was announced by NAF in a statement on Twitter. She was said to have died in a road crash in Kaduna after suffering multiple head injuries.
Prominent Nigerians have expressed their sadness over Arotile's tragic loss and described her death as an irreplaceable loss to the country.
Senator Shehu Sani wrote: "It’s sad to learn that few minutes after I passed the NAF Airforce Base Kaduna, a tragic accident happened which took away the life of one of Nigeria’s finest and first female combat Helicopter Pilot,Tolulope Arotile.A great loss to our country.May her soul Rest In Peace."
Another social media user said: "Thank you for your service & sacrifice. Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.You will be remembered for your sortes to bring peace and for breaking the glass ceiling for more female combat helicopter pilots."
A Twitter user, Dennis, wrote: "I woke up to the disturbing news of Fahim Saleh’s gruesome murder in NYC (CEO, Gokada) & the unfortunate death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile (first ever female combat helicopter pilot in Nigeria) to a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna. May their souls Rest In Peace."
A social media influencer, Pamilerin wrote: "Rest In Peace Tolulope Arotile. This life is too short. This is a big loss to the Nigerian AirForce. Tolulope is Nigeria's First Female Combat Helicopter pilot and Slayer of Bandits and Terrorists."
Olusola Owoeye wrote: "The lovely baby of the Nigerian Airforce and it’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, has died in a road accident. This is ironically sad,after flying combat missions against bandits, she died in a road accident within the barracks! May her lovely soul RIPDisappointed but relieved face."
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Former Senate president Bukola Saraki wrote: "I woke up to read the very sad news of the unfortunate passing away of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile - Nigeria's first female combat helicopter pilot."
"She came, she saw and she conquered at a very young age, the mark you made will never be forgotten. RIP Tolulope Arotile," another social media posted.
In a related report, NAF has unveiled two emergency ventilators produced by a team of researchers from the Air Force Research and Development Centre and Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.
The ventilators were produced in partnership with the faculty of veterinary medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
The emergency ventilators, tagged ‘NAF E-Vents’, were unveiled on Wednesday, May 27 by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in Kaduna state.
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