- Afenifere has said that it does not believe Tolulope Arotile's death is an accident
- The organization noted that it will only accept the tragic death of the pilot was an accident when a coroner’s inquest says so
- The Nigeran Air Force had earlier stated that Arotile was mistakenly killed by her secondary school classmate
The Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, has said that it does not accept that the tragic death of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, is an accident.
The group in a statement issued by Yinka Odumakin, the national publicity secretary, said it will believe that Arotile’s death was an accident when a coroner’s inquest says so, New Telegraph reports.
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization is now demanding a coroner’s inquest to confirm how the 24-year-old died and how an attempted stop and greet could have a deadly impact.
Afenifere also said that the inquiry should look into the colleague who killed her and the individual's identity should be released.
Odumakin went on to condole with the deceased's family following the death of their daughter.
“It was only eyewitness accounts that unofficially released that it was a colleague of hers who reversed his car to knock her down on the road. Unofficial accounts say she just returned from a combat operation before she was knocked down to death,” the statement reads in parts.
Recall that the Nigeria Air Force (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 flying officer gave up the ghost after suffering head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
The Nigerian Air Force in a statement by its spokesman provided more details on the shocking death of Arotile. According to NAF, Arotile was mistakenly killed by her secondary school classmate who was excited to see her.
Meanwhile, 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."
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."
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