By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Nigeria has lost its first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, who died eight months following her commissioning, at the age of 23.
The sad news was contained in a statement signed by Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola.
According to the statement, Tolulope, who died on 14 July 2020, consequent to head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna, was prior to her demise commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, and was the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.
The statement further adds that the late Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, played a significant role in 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.
While commiserating with the family of the late Arotile over her untimely demise, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, prayed for the repose of her soul.