- The Nigeran Air Force has provided more details on the shocking death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile
- A statement by NAF spokesman revealed that Arotile was mistakenly killed by her secondary school classmate
- According to the statement, Late Arotile was hit by the reversing vehicle of the classmate who was excited to see her
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The Nigerian Air Force has revealed the circumstances which led to the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.
Arotile, 24, from Kogi state, died inside the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) base in Kaduna on Tuesday, July 14.
The young officer was Nigeria’s first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the history of the Nigerian Air Force.
She holds a commercial pilot license and also underwent tactical flying training on the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy.
She introduced the newly acquired Agusta 109 Power attack helicopter to President Muhammadu Buhari, during the induction ceremony at Eagle Square in Abuja in February 2020.
A statement by NAF spokesman revealed: “Flying Officer Arotile died on 14 July 2020 at the age of 24, when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force Secondary School 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 forms of criminality in the country, flying several combat missions.
Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello has described the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile as shocking, devastating and a national tragedy.
In a condolence message signed by his spokesman, Onogwu Muhammed, Governor Bello described Arotile as not only a combat pilot but a fantastic aviator who reached the sky in her professional calling at a very tender age of 24.
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“Arotile’s engagement in air-to-ground combat in rooting out armed bandits and other criminal elements in the country, particularly in the north-central region was a sacrifice that cannot be forgotten,” the governor said.
The Late Arotile attended Air Force Primary School, Kaduna from 2000 - 2005 and Air Force Secondary School, Kaduna from 2006 - 2011 before she later gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna as a member of 64 Regular Course in September 2012.
She was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a pilot officer in September 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Nigerian Defence Academy.
NAF announced Arotile's death was announced on Tuesday, July 14 in a statement by Air Commodore Daramola.
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