- President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Tolulope Arotile
- Late Arotile was the first-ever female combatant helicopter pilot
- President Buhari referred to the late officer as a promising young woman
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The death of Tolulope Arotile, the first female combatant helicopter pilot, has caused much pain to many Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari on his official Twitter page condoled with the deceased's family, describing the late officer as a promising person "whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security."
Nigeria's number one citizen saluted "Arotile's bravery in the field to protect the country from onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria Air Force (NAF) had announced the tragic death of Arotile, who died barely eight months after she was winged and conferred with a special recognition.
Arotile's death, which was described as "unfortunate" was announced on Tuesday, July 14, by NAF in a statement. The late officer was said to have died in a road crash in Kaduna.
The 23-year-old flying officer gave up the ghost after suffering head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
"Until her death, Fg Offr Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in Sept 2017 as a member of Nigeria Defence Academy RC 64, was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service," part of the statement read.
While describing the late pilot's death as an irreplaceable loss, NAF said it commiserated with the family of the deceased and prayed that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.
Arotile was on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, winged by NAF as the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in Nigeria. Arotile was honoured alongside Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni.
The duo were part of 13 NAF pilots who recently completed their flying training abroad and qualified for the award of the NAF prestigious wing.
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