The sad news of the death of a Nigerian Air Force personnel, Flying Officer Arotile Tolulope who was also the first female Nigerian combat helicopter pilot is still burning on the minds of Nigerians almost a week since her death was announced.
Perhaps, one of the reasons Nigerians are finding it hard to grasp her death is the manner she was said to have died. The Kogi-state-born gallant officer who had led several air raids against bandits in the North-central states died when she was inadvertently hit by an excited former classmate who was reversing his car to greet her according to the Nigerian Air Force.
The incident happened at the Nigerian Air Force base in Kaduna, about 40 minutes after the deceased's sister, Damilola Adegboye dropped her off at a market close to the base where she proceeded to photocopy and laminate some documents. It was while she was coming back that three of her former schoolmates at the Air Force Secondary School, Kaduna, drove past her in a Kia Sorento SUV, with registration Number AZ 478 MKA.
After recognising late Arotile as their former school mate, the driver reversed the car in a bid to greet her but in the process, the vehicle struck Arotile from the rear, knocking her down with significant force and causing her to hit her head on the pavement.
The vehicle then ran over parts of her body as it veered off the road beyond the kerb and onto the pavement, causing her further injuries. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The old colleagues were on their way to visit the wife of Squadron Leader Chukwuemeka Ugwu, Mrs Chioma Ugwu who lives at Ekagbo Quarters on the Base.
The Nigerian Air Force has since given the names of the driver as well as the two other occupants as Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun respectively.
Mr Nehemiah Adejoh was the individual who was actually driving the car when the incident happened. According to his Facebook profile, he celebrated his birthday last month and recently lost his father.
However, no sooner had the NAF released the identity of the ex-classmate who knocked down the late Arotile, Nigerians flooded the suspect's Facebook page to "attack" him.
A lot of comments have been drooped on his last Facebook Post which is dated June 28.
Some were of the opinion that he was paid to carry out the act while others classified it as just a mere accident and nothing else.
See reactions below:
The case has now been handed over to the police by the Nigerian Air Force for proper investigation because it is a civil case, however the suspect could be charged with manslaughter bagging him at least seven years imprisonment.
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