- NAF has announced the burial date for Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile
- Arotile died on Tuesday, July 14, in Kaduna in a road accident
- The NAF director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said Arotile would be buried on Thursday, July 23
The Nigerian Air Force on Friday, July 17, said that Nigeria's first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, would be buried on July 23.
TheCable reports that the NAF director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, stated this in a statement issued on Friday, July 17.
Legit.ng gathered that he said that Arotile would be buried on Thursday, July 23, at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja, with full military honours.
The country was thrown into mourning on Tuesday, July 14, when the NAF first announced that Arotile died at the NAF base in Kaduna state from a road traffic accident.
The NAF had said the female officer sustained head injuries from the accident when she was “inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force secondary school classmate while trying to greet her.”
Arotile, a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, hailed from Iffe in the Ijumu local government area of Kogi state, and contributed to the efforts to rid the northcentral states of bandits and other criminal elements by flying combat missions.
Daramola was quoted to have said that NAF has begun a probe into the circumstances surrounding Arotile's death in a road accident, adding that two persons were held over Arotile's death.
The NAF spokesman also said a government delegation would visit Arotile’s family a day to her burial.
“The remains of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, NAF’s first combat helicopter pilot who died on July 14 will be laid to rest with full military honours at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja on July 23,” the statement read.
A condolence visit to the Arotile family in Lokoja by a high-powered delegation, composed of the CAS, honourable minister of women affairs as well as the chairmen of the Senate and House committees on Air Force, was said to have been scheduled to hold on a date before the burial.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that NAF announced the tragic loss of Tolulope Arotile, who died barely eight months after she was winged and conferred with special recognition.
It was reported that 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 Officer 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.
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