President Buhari In “Deep Pain” Over The Death Of Tolulope Arotile- Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot

Photo of Tolulope Arotile, the first female combat helicopter pilot of the Nigerian Air Force

Wakeupafrica360 received reports from our source in Nigeria, that the President, Muhammadu Buhari is in deep pain over the death if flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who was the first female combat helicopter pilot winged by the Nigerian Air Force. She died at age 23 as a result of head injuries she sustained from an accident at the Nigerian Air Force base in Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria. He death was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday night by the Director of Public Affairs and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.

The statement read, “It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian 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. “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 Ife 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 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, commiserates with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”

However, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola on Wednesday said in a statement that an unnamed ex-classmate was reportedly reversing the car when it hit Arotile who fell and hit her head on the tarmac. The president while reacting to her death on Wednesday said in a statement issued by the special adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina that the he was in “deep pain” over the death of the flying officer.

Photo of President Buhari with the first female combat helicopter pilot of the Nigeria Air Force, Tolulope Arotile.

The statement reads, “President Muhammadu Buhari received with deep pain the passing of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, condoling with the family on loss of such a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security.

The President salutes 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, airwomen and all friends of the deceased, recalling her deft skills in maneuvering combat helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride. The President sympathizes with government and people of Kogi State on the loss. President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind”, the statement added.

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