It is indeed a sad day for the entire nation as a (sun sets at midday), over the untimely demise of Officer Tolulop Arotile, the first female combat helicopter pilot that the country has ever produced. The flying officer Tolulope Arotile who was 24 years, was knocked down by an excited friend of hers, who was reversing vehicle inside the Kaduna Air Force Base. Late officer Tolulope Arotile died as a result of massive hemorrhage.
Birth, Early Life and Career
The late officer Tolulope Arotile was born on 13th December, 1995 to the family of Mr and Mrs Akintunde Arotile in Kaduna State. She hailed from Ijumu LGA of Kogi State. She attended the Air Force Primary School in Kaduna, from 2002-2005, and the Air Force Secondary school in Kaduna State from 2006-2011. On September 2012, she gained admission into the Nigeria Defence Academy NDA, as a member of 64 Regular course.
On September 16 2017, she was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force, as a pilot officer, and holds a bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the NDA. On October 15 2019, late officer Tolulope Arotile was winged as the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in Nigerian Air Force. She holds a commercial pilot license and also underwent tactical flying training on the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy. She also completed a program at the Starlite International Training Academy in South Africa.
Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who is presently the Chief of Air Staff, in his tribute described the late officer Tolulope Arotile as a courageous, intelligent and disciplined officer. He also described her a shinning star.
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