- The NAF on Tuesday, September 22, immortalised late Tolulope Arotile
- The force did this by naming a newly commissioned Pilots’ Crewbuilding in Rivers state after Arotile
- Chief of Air Staff (CAS) this move will inspire other Nigerians girls to work hard and achieve their dreams
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In a bid to honour the memory late Tolulope Arotile, the first female combat helicopter pilot, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday, September 22, immortalised her.
The decision of the force to give Arotile the posthumous honour was contained in a statement the director of public relations and information of NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
Daramola said that this coincided with the commissioning of the newly renovated and remodelled Pilots’ Crew ‘Room’ at the 115 Special Operations Group (115 SOG) Port Harcourt.
The statement further revealed that “The edifice is the Pilots’ Crew Room which houses an Operations briefing room, computer room/library, pilots’ life-support room and lounge as well as a kitchen, dining room, changing room for pilots on standby and several restrooms."
On his part, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, stated that this was not done only in memory of Arotile but also to inspire young girls in the country to work hard towards achieving their dreams in life.
Abubakar said: “It is gratifying to note that, since late Tolulope’s demise, many young Nigerian girls have indicated their interest to join the NAF.
"Besides, no fewer than 12 other female officers, who have undoubtedly been motivated by her inspirational life and the unprecedented and exemplary contributions by other female and male pilots, are currently undergoing flying training, both within and outside the country, to become NAF pilots.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported NAF had handed over three suspects involved in the accident that led to her death to the Nigeria Police.
Daramola revealed the names of the suspects as Nehemiah Adejoh, Igbekele Folorunsho and Festus Gbayegun.
Daramola said the suspects who were former schoolmates of late Arotile were handed to the police on Friday, July 24, at the NAF Base Kaduna.
The Commander 453 Base Services Group (453 BSG), Group Captain Hadi Ahmed, speaking abou the accident recalled that the car driven by Adejoh, with the other two suspects knocked down Arotile while she was walking.
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