Nigeria's First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot, Dies at 24 on 14th July 2020.
Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile who was commissioned as Nigeria's First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot died eight months after she was commissioned. This was stated in a statement signed by Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola.
"It's with great sorrow that the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today, 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna,"
The statement read.
"The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of Officers, Airmen, Airwomen and Civilian Staff of NAF, commiserates with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest."
She was commissioned along with 12 others, including Kafayat Danni, the country's first female fighter pilot.
Reports said "during her short but impactful stay in the service, late Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North Central States of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.
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