- Northern governors have reacted to the death of Nigerian Air Force first female combat helicopter pilot
- The governors have expressed sadness over Tolulope Arotile's tragic demise
- Simon Lalong, the governor of Plateau state, described Arotile as a promising officer, who demonstrated high sense of patriotism
The sudden and tragic death of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile continues to generate reactions from prominent Nigerians.
The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has joined Nigerians to mourn late Arotile, while expressing shock over her demise.
According to AIT, Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong who serves as the chairman of NGF, on behalf of his colleagues consoled the Arotile family, as well as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the government and people of Kogi state over the sad incident.
The governor who described the late combat helicopter pilot as a promising officer prayed that God will receive her soul and grant her eternal rest.
Lalong went on to note that Arotile had demonstrated a high sense of loyalty, patriotism, and diligence in her service to Nigeria.
He said that the testimony of the officer’s bravery will remain indelible in the history of NAF as well as in the minds of Nigerians.
Recall that the NAF announced the tragic loss of its first female combatant helicopter pilot, who died barely eight months after she was winged and conferred with 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.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the death of Arotile 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."
In a related development, Akintude Arotile has reacted to the sudden demise of his daughter.
The mourning father who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday, July 15, narrated how he spoke to the deceased few hours before she died.
Arotile recalled how he had told his daughter to “return home on time” when they spoke hours from her passing.
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