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JUST IN: NAF Loses First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot In Road Crash

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Tolulope Arotile

The first female combat pilot in the Nigerian Air Force has died in a car accident in Kaduna.

The Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile died on 14 July,2020 due to head injuries sustained from a Car crash at the NAF Base Kaduna.

“‪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 hails 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 several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State,” the statement read

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late ‪Flying Officer Arotile‬ over this irreparable loss and pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.

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