It is no doubt that Nigeria has just lost a young star, who happens to be the Nigerian Air Force’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile.
Tolulope Arotile was involved in a road accident in which she had reportedly sustained head injuries which led to her death. The accident was said to have occurred at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Kaduna. This young and budding star whose story is sadly like the proverbial sunset at midday died less than a year after she was decorated as the first female combatant helicopter pilot. The Nigerian Air Force @NigAirForce under the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in a press statement, said the flight officer died on Tuesday, and described her death as an irreparable loss. The statement read:
“It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today (Tuesday), 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
“Until her death, Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.
“During her short but impactful stay in the Service, the late Arotile contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North Central States of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.
“We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”
This loss is such a very sad one for the Nigerian Air Force as well as for the entire nation. Tolulope Arotile’s dreams and efforts against insurgency will be highly missed.
Nigerian Newsnow commiserates with the family.
Photo Credit: @NigAirForce
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