Wednesday, 15 July 2020

President Buhari mourns the death of Nigerian Air force first female combatant helicopter pilot



First female Flying Officer of the Nigerian Air Force (NAS), Tolulope Arotile, has died 8 months after getting special recognition. Officer Arotile died after sustaining head injuries
 from a road traffic accident at the Nigerian Air Force base in Kaduna state.


President Buhari through his Spokesperson, Garba Shehu;

President Buhari received with deep psi. The news of passing of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, and condoles with the family on the loss of such a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly in the nation, especially in peace and security. The President saluted Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered.
President Buhari commiserates with the Nigerian Air Force, airmen, airwoman and all friends of the deceased, recalling her deft skills in manoeuvring combact helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride.
The President sympathizes with government and people of Kogi State on the loss, and prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind.

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The Air Force also released an official statement;

It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAD) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who does today, 14th July 2020, as a result of injustices sustained from a toad traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
Until her death, Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first Ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service. 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 combat mission under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserated with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.

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