The Nigerian armed Forces was plunged into the sea of sorrow when the death of a promising and one of Nigeria finest combat pilots was announced by the Department of Public Relations, Nigerian Air Force on 15th of July, 2020.
The deceased, Tolulope Arotile was said to have died from head injuries she sustained in a road traffic accident in Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna.
According to report released by the Nigerian Air Force, the deceased Officer Flying Officer Arotile died on 14 July 2020 at the age of 24, when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force Secondary School classmate while trying to greet her.
The deceased Officer is said to have live a short but, impactful life.
Here are interesting fact you need to know about the late Officer:
1. She was born in 13th of December, 1995. The deceased was born into the family of Engr and Mrs Arotile in Kaduna State less than 25 years ago. She would be 26 in December.
2. The deceased Arotile hails from Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
3. She attended Air Force schools for her primary and secondary education before proceeding to the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of 64 Regular Course on 22 September 2012 to study Mathematics.
4. On 16th of September 2017, Late Tolulope bagged a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer.
5. After completing her flying training in South Africa, Flying Officer Arotile was winged as the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force on 15 October 2019.
6. As young as she was, she holds a commercial pilots’ license and also underwent tactical flying training on the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy.
7. On 6th of February, 2020, the late Tolulope at the Eagle's square in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja introduced the newly acquired Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, during the induction ceremony.
What a promising young pilot we had in Late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile. She came from a god-fearing home. She was taught hard work and dedication. She gave her all in defending the territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She'll surely be missed by friends, family and colleagues.
It is my prayer that, God almighty grant her family, friends, colleagues the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Rest on Tolulope.......
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