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Arotile’s death: Suspect charged for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.

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A Magistrate Court sitting in Kaduna State has charged the first suspect, Nehemiah Adejor, who drove the car that killed the Air Force Officer, Tolulope Arotile for culpable homicide and criminal conspiracy but not punishable by death.

The second and third suspects, Folorunsho Igbekele Faith and Gbayegun Deji were charged in connection with the death of Nigeria’s first female fighter helicopter, flying officer Tolulope Arotile.

However, when the case came up at the Magistrate Court 1 on Thursday, the prosecution Counsel, DSP Martins D. Leo, prayed the court to discharge the second and third suspects, as their investigation did not find them wanting.

The DPP in his submission, told the court that there is no premeditation in the death of the Flying Officer Arotile, but there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the 1st suspect, Nehemiah Adejor for culpable homicide not punishable with death.

Ruling on the motion, the presiding Justice Benjamin Hassan, discharged the second and third suspects, based on the police investigation, which did not find them wanting in addition to the legal advice from the state’s Director of Public Prosecution, Bayero Dari that they have no case to answer.

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The suspects were arrested and arraigned by the Kaduna State Police Command.

Arotile was knocked down and killed by a vehicle driven by her secondary school mate, Nehemiah Adejor on July 14, 2020.

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The legal advice was read that, “on the 14 day of July 2020” the suspect all male of Auta Alkali Farin Gida, Mando Kaduna inside a Kia Sorento with Registration. No AZ 478 MKA Kaduna being driven by the 1st suspect sited the deceased (NAF/4512F Flying officer Tolulope Arotile) at NAF Base Kawo, Kaduna, whom they identified as their school mate at Air force Secondary school, Kaduna.

“The 1st suspect, full of enthusiasm, recklessly reversed the car to meet the deceased and in the process ran over her consequent upon which the deceased lay unconsciously on the ground. The deceased was rushed to NAFX64 Base Hospitàl-for- medical attention but was later pronounced dead by the medical Doctors at the Hospital.

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“The suspects were arrested and taken to 461 NAF Hospital Kaduna for toxicology test and results were all negative. They were later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Kaduna on the 24th day of July 2020 for further discreet investigation.

“Police investigation reveals that all the suspects attended the same secondary school with the deceased and upon sighting her the 1st suspect recklessly reversed the car and eventually ran over the deceased which led to her untimely death.

“The 1st suspect admitted in his cautionary statement that on the 14th day of July, 2020 he was together with the two other suspects in a car KIA Sorento he was driving, when he saw the deceased walking along the roadside of the Air force Base.

“He informed the other suspects who screamed enthusiastically after which he stopped and started reversing the car to meet the deceased and exchange pleasantries. In the process of which he mistakenly ran over her and she later died. He denied having any premeditated plan to kill her.

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“The 2nd suspect also stated in his cautionary statement that on the fateful day he along with the 1st and 3rd suspect went on hangout and on their way back the 1st suspect cited the deceased whom they later saw and became extensively happy. That the 1st suspect stopped the car and began to reverse same to meet up with the deceased and exchange greetings since they have not met a long time.

“That when he noticed the 1st suspect was driving speedily off the road, he cautioned him, but unfortunately he got confused and ran over the deceased. He outrightly denied any arrangement to cause the death of the deceased.

“He added that being a trained nurse he assisted in resuscitating the deceased at the hospital, but all attempt proved abortive until she was pronounced clinically dead.

“In his cautionary statement, the 3rd suspect corroborated the statement of the 2nd suspect in all material particulars as to the events of the 14th day of July, 2020, as it relates to the death of Flying Officer Tolutope Arotile at NAF Base Kaduna.

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“It is clear also from the investigation done; the 2nd and 3rd suspects were passengers and friends of the 1st suspect who was driving the vehicle.

“From the foregoing there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the 1st suspect for the offence of Culpable Homicide not punishable with death contrary to Section 191 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 as there is no premeditation in the death of the deceased.

“There is however insufficient evidence against the 2nd and 3rd suspects as the entire investigation did not disclose any offence against them other than being passengers in the vehicle of the 1st suspect.

“To prosecute them therefore will be embarking on an evidential conjuncture totally unknown to our Criminal Justice System, they can be discharged accordingly pursuant to Section 125 (6) (e) of the Kaduna State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2017 and thereafter be used as prosecution witnesses in the trial of the 1st suspect,” the legal advice stated.


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Arotile’s death: Kaduna police present two brothers in Court.

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The Police in Kaduna State have arraigned two brothers, Nehemiah and David Adejo before a Chief Magistrate court sitting in the state capital, in connection with the death of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile.

The first accused person, Nehemiah was arraigned on a two-count charge of culpable homicide under Section 190 of Kaduna State Penal Code and causing death by dangerous driving under Section 21 of Kaduna State Traffic Law, while David was charged with negligent conduct while causing danger to person and property.

They both pleaded not guilty.

At the hearing of the case before the Chief Magistrate Court on Wednesday, the prosecuting counsel, Martins Leo, told the court to remand Nehemiah in prison custody because of a pending investigation on culpable homicide against him.

However, counsel to the defendants, Ibrahim Omachi, argued that his clients were first-time offenders and had already spent more than four weeks in detention.

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After listening to the arguments from both sides, the presiding Magistrate, Benjamin Hassan, granted the two accused person bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties.

The two sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and possess bank verification number (BVN).

The case was adjourned till August 24 and 25 for hearing.

The late Arotile died on July 14, 2020, following a head injury she sustained she was knocked down by a car allegedly driven by Nehemiah, her old secondary school classmate, at the Nigerian Airforce Secondary school in Kaduna State.


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Arotile’s death: Photo of suspects handed to police surfaces

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially handed over to the Nigeria Police the three suspects involved in the incident that led to the death of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.

According to a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, the suspects namely Nehemiah Adejoh, Igbekele Folorunsho and Festus Gbayegun, were handed to the police on Friday at the NAF Base Kaduna.

Giving a brief highlight of the events that led up to the death, the Commander 453 Base Services Group (453 BSG), Group Captain Hadi Ahmed, recalled how, on 14 July 2020, at about 4:30 pm, a KIA Serento SUV, driven by Mr Adejoh, with the two others as passengers, knocked down the Flying Officer while she was walking along the Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa Road in the NAF Base Kaduna.

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The three former classmates of Arotile who were involved in her death o n July 14, being handed over to the police.

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Group Captain Ahmed highlighted that the three persons involved in the accident, who were former schoolmates of the late Flying Officer at the Air Force Secondary School Kaduna, were on their way to visit the wife of a serving senior officer residing in the Base before the accident occurred.

He stated that the NAF would continue to cooperate with the Nigeria Police and provide all necessary support to enable it carry forward the case to its logical conclusion.

This comes a day after the young officer was laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.


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Arotile’s death: 3 suspects handed to Police – NAF

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The Nigeria Air Force on Friday said it has handed over three suspects involved in the incident that led to the death of flying officer Tolulope Arotile, to the police.

The Air Force revealed this in a statement signed by spokesman Ibikunle Daramola on Friday.

Arotile, who was buried with full military honours on Thursday, had died from head injuries sustained after a car reversed and hit her at the Air Force base in Kaduna.

The handover also took place at the base.

According to the Air Force’s statement, the suspects include “Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun” all of who were former classmates to Ms. Arotile.

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According to Group Captain, Hadi Ahmed, as quoted in the statement, the suspects, on July 14, were in a “KIA Serento SUV, with Registration Number AZ 478 MKA (Kaduna)” when the car knocked down Arotile as “she was walking along Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa Road in NAF Base Kaduna, leading to her eventual death.”

The trio “were on their way to visit the wife of a serving senior officer residing in the Base before the accident occurred,” Ahmed said.

He added that the “NAF would continue to cooperate with the Nigeria Police and provide all necessary support to enable it carry forward the case to its logical conclusion.”


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Arotile’s death: NAF explains why ‘autopsy’ wasn’t conducted

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said they did not conduct an autopsy following the death of Flying Officer, Tolupe Arotile because the family were satisfied with the agency’s investigations.

Tolulope, 24, who passed away on the 14th of July, 2020 following head injuries from an accident at the NAF Base in Kaduna was buried on Thursday at the National Cemetery in Abuja.

During his appearance on Media TV (known to Noble Reporters Media), the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the family of the deceased were satisfied with investigations carried out by NAF and did not request for any autopsy.

The late Tolulope Arotile. Photo: Twitter@Nigerian Air Force.

According to the NAF spokesperson, the cause of death for Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot was already known and the father of the late officer equally wanted a closure of the matter.

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Arotile’s death: Kogi Gov, Top Military Officials pay ‘last respect’ | Photos

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The burial of Nigeria’s first female helicopter combat pilot, Tolulope Arotile, held Thursday at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Her remains arrived at the military cemetery on Airport Road in the early hours of the day and the funeral rites commenced thereafter.

Guests at the burial to pay final respects included Arotile’s friends, family, and colleagues.

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Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, were also sighted at the ceremony.

Other top officials present at the ceremony were the Minister of Women Affairs, Paulen Tallen, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, and the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali.

Uninvited guests including unaccredited journalists were politely turned back at the entrance to the cemetery as only vehicles of senior officers and immediate family members of the deceased are allowed to drive in, Noble Reporters Media gathered.


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Arotile’s death: First female combat pilot buried in Abuja. [Nigeria]

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The burial of Nigeria’s first female helicopter combat pilot, Tolulope Arotile, has commenced at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Arotile, who died on July 14 in Kaduna, is being buried in strict compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, Nigerian Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said.

She died from severe injuries following a road traffic accident at the NAF base in Kaduna, the Air Force has said.

The late Tolulope Arotile. Photo: Twitter@Nigerian Air Force.
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The driver that hit her was reportedly a former secondary school classmate who, in the process of reversing his car to give her a lift knocked down the deceased.

Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, was buried in Abuja on July 23, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

President Muhammadu Buhari and other national leaders paid homage to the young military star after her demise and the Air Force promised she would be buried with full military honours.

Eight months before her death, she had been commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.

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Arotile’s death: NAF reveal death cause

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The Nigerian Air Force says that the death of flying officer, Tolu Arotile, was caused by what it describes as brute force and severe injuries following a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna on Tuesday.

In a news conference on Sunday, the spokesperson, Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the military is ruling out any possibility of foul play in the death of the young flying officer.

Commodore Daramola also confirmed that the driver of the vehicle that knocked down the late officer, Mr Nehemiah Adejo and the two other occupants of the car will be handed over to the police for prosecution since it is a civil case.

Meanwhile, a military source had earlier told Channels Television that the driver who knocked down Arotile is a civilian who had no valid driving credentials.

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According to the source, the driver was also her secondary school classmate.

The family of the late officer and some prominent Nigerians have called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to her death.

Arotile is Nigeria’s first female helicopter combat pilot.

“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,” the Air Force spokesman, said in an earlier statement.

“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 several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.”


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Arotile’s death: O’odua make protest, demand investigations

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An O’odua group has protested that the Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who was the first female combat helicopter pilot in Nigeria, may have been murdered.

Apapo O’odua Koya (AOKOYA) had in a statement said it has strong reasons to believe that Tolulope Arotile of the Nigerian Air Force was murdered; the group, therefore, demanded the International community to investigate her death.

The AOKOYA said in the statement signed by Captain Abigo Oritsebugbemi (rtd) as well as the Middle Belt Coordinator, Akeem Meduna, declared: “We have very strong reasons to assume that Tolulope Arotile was murdered. We are aware she had altercations with top military commanders before her death and some hated her to a tilt for her brilliance and exploit against the Boko Haram and bandits.”

The group contended that the theory that Arotile died in motor accident in the Airforce base is a cock and bull story, adding that it is doubtful.

The AOKOYA further declared: “We want full investigation into this suspicious death. We find it difficult to believe the story based on the information at our disposal.

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“How can she have died in a traffic accident right inside the Airforce base in Kaduna? We have made preliminary findings and all officers who spoke to us could not understand how that could have happened. One officer, her colleague in Kaduna, specifically, said the case of murder was the strongest motive.

“There must be an independent enquiry for anyone to be convinced Tolulope Arotile was not murdered. The Fulani hegemony hated bright officers of Southern origin. Tolu was exceptional and her brilliance was a threat to the establishment.”

AOKOYA decried the late female pilot died at the age of 23, adding that she was one of the youngest fighter pilots in the world.

The group also complained that a former Yoruba Chief of Airforce, Shittu Alao, was assassinated in 1960s by the Fulani oligarchy, adding that Dr. Ademola Adetokunbo who carried out the autopsy was also murdered by the Federal authorities controlled by the Fulani. It further decried that the Commandant of Nigerian Naval School, Mrs. J.O Ogundana, was murdered few months ago. Her body was mutilated and packed in a Ghana Must Go.

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“In the same manner, Dr Yomi Oniororo a 29-year-old officer of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) was murdered in Abuja, 2002.His body was mutilated. Dare, a senior police officer investigating the murder of Dele Giwa was also assassinated. His senior brother is the popular journalist, Prof Olatunji Dare.

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“We are taking records. At the last count, some 413 junior and senior Yoruba officers have been murdered by the Fulami oligarchy. Many of them were killed in a ‘neat job’ that looked like an accident,” AOKOYA highlighted.

The Nigerian Airfare had said that Arotile died mysteriously from head injuries sustained in road traffic accident at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Kaduna.

Arotile is from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi.


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Arotile’s death: Driver who killed flying officer had no license – New Report

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The driver who knocked down Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, is a civilian who had no valid driving credentials, military sources have informed Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

According to the sources, the driver was also Arotile’s secondary school classmate.

The Nigerian Air Force announced the demise of Arotile, who was Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, on Wednesday.

She died, on Tuesday, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at the NAF Base Kaduna.

According to sources, who preferred to remain anonymous, the civilian driver, accompanied by his friends, visited his relations at the Airforce base located in Mando area of Kaduna metropolis on that fateful day and decided to drop off the late Airforce Pilot whom he spotted on the road inside the base.

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However, in the process of reversing the car, he knocked down the deceased, who died after sustaining head injuries, the sources claimed.

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Both the driver and the other occupants of the car were said to have been taken into the custody of the Air police for questioning, where it was discovered that the driver of the car has no valid driver’s license.

Tributes for Arotile have poured in from all her quarters since the announcement of her death early Wednesday.

The NAF has said she will be buried in full military honours.


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Arotile’s death: NAF reveal burial date

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the remains of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, the Service’s first female combat helicopter pilot, who died on Tuesday, will be buried on July 23 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the late Arotile would be buried with full military honours.

Daramola said the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had received some members of the Federal Executive Council as well as members of the National Assembly who visited him at NAF Headquarters at various times on Thursday.

He said they came to condole with him over the unfortunate demise of the young NAF pilot.

” Among them were the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen as well as the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

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” The joint delegation from the upper and lower houses of the National Assembly, comprising 20 members, was led by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Air Force, Sen. Bala Ibn-Na’Allah, and the Chairman House Committee on the Air Force, Shehu Koko,” he said.

He said Tallen, during the visit, said she received the news of the death of Flying Officer Arotile with great shock from which, she said, would be difficult for her to recover.

She, however, noted that the death of the young pilot would not be in vain as she would forever be remembered for her gallantry and contributions towards ensuring a secured Nigeria.

The minister prayed that God would comfort the entire NAF family and grant the departed officer’s soul eternal rest.

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While conveying his condolences, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, prayed that God would grant Flying Officer Arotile’s soul peaceful repose and her family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Sen. Ibn-Na’Allah said that the Senate Committee on Air Force and the Senate as a whole lacked the words to express how painful her death was to them.

He said they were, however, consoled that there was no greater honour than when one died while in service to one’s Nation.

He described the late Arotile as a dedicated and goal-oriented young woman who lived an exemplary life that was worthy of emulation by other young Nigerians.

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Ibn-Na’Allah said that the Nigerian Senate shared in the pain of the Service as well as that of the Arotile family.

He urged the NAF to continue to give opportunities to many young Nigerian girls to realise their dreams of serving their country as pilots in the NAF.

The Chairman House Committee on the Air Force, Koko, on his part, recalled the day Flying Officer Arotile was winged as the first female combat helicopter pilot in the NAF.

He noted that they at the House of Representatives were extremely pained by her passing, but had taken solace in the fact that she had left a lasting legacy.

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In his response during the visits, the CAS expressed his appreciation to the esteemed dignitaries as well as all Nigerians for their overwhelming show of support to the NAF over the passing of Flying Officer Arotile.

He said that the NAF would never forget her, not only because she was the first female combat helicopter pilot in the Service, but also because of her legacy as a very intelligent, highly committed and extremely patriotic officer who excelled in virtually every endeavour.

Abubakar recalled how, while on basic helicopter course in South Africa, she was selected, because of her excellent performance, to undergo a more advanced flying course on the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy before returning to finish the basic course along with her other colleagues in South Africa.

The CAS said she was a commitment to excellence on the job.

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” This was what gave us the confidence to assign her to introduce the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter to the President, President Muhammadu Buhari, during the induction ceremony at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Feb.6, which she did excellently,” he said

Abubakar said Arotile had left her mark on the sands of time which, he said, proved that when it comes to displaying excellence and adding value to the society, age or gender should not be barriers.

He said that her contributions through combat missions conducted along with her colleagues in the fight against armed banditry and other criminal activities in the country would also never be forgotten.

The air chief said that the NAF would, therefore, continue to give equal opportunities to female officers in terms of training.

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He said that a total of 11 female student pilots were currently undergoing flying training both within and outside Nigeria.

Abubakar said that the Service would continue to be consoled by the legacy she left behind.

He assured that the NAF, in honour of her memory as well as those who had paid the supreme price before her, would continue to work assiduously to ensure success in the fight against terrorism, banditry and other security threats for the overall peace and prosperity of a united Nigeria.

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Daramola said a condolence visit to the Arotile Family in Lokoja by a high-powered delegation comprised of the CAS, Minister of Women Affairs as well as the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Air Force, had been scheduled to hold on a date before the burial.


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Arotile’s death: Last moments with family – Father speaks

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Mr Akintunde Arotile, father of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope, who passed away on Tuesday, has disclosed their last conversation before she died

Arotile said he called his daughter on the phone on Tuesday at about 1:00pm on her return from an operation against bandits in Katsina State and the two of the had a several minutes chat.

He however, revealed that things took a different turn later in the day when he received a call from a person.

He said, “She told me that she will later go out to make some photocopies and I told her not to be long and to return home on time because she was staying with my first daughter in Kaduna.

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“Around 5:30pm, somebody called me and asked if I had called her and I said yes. The person told me to call her again which I did, but there was no response. So, I called her colleagues and they were all crying on phone. I asked what happened, they were just crying.

“I called one of her bosses who told me that she was in the mortuary. I was shocked because said she was somebody I spoke with four hours earlier and by 5:00pm she was in the mortuary.”

The bereaved father further disclosed that he had to drive to Lokoja, Kogi State, from Abuja to inform his wife about the incident.

Recalling with Noble Reporters Media, the early days of his late daughter, Mr Arotile said, “She has not just been brilliant but wonderful. She did all her education from kindergarten to nursery at the Air Force base and Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna.

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“One day, when she was very small, she pointed to one small aircraft packed on the field and said one day she was going to fly that aircraft, and I said Amen.

“So, from that day she started working towards getting admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna. She had a degree in Mathematics and became an Air Force Cadet.

“From there, she was sent on several courses abroad and became a pilot.

“I thank God that she was able to achieve her dreams as a baby before her death.”


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Arotile’s death: Afenifere react, reveal possible cause

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The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has stated that there is every chance Tolulope Arotile was murdered.

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) yesterday revealed that Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s First female combat helicopter pilot, was hit with a car driven by her ex-classmate

Tolulope Arotile died at age 24 as a result of head injuries she sustained from the accident, which happened at the Nigerian Air Force base in Kaduna state.

Afenifere has now called for a coroner inquest into her death, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin.

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“Nigeria the demented chicken sucked one of its finest eggs yet again with the killing of flying officer Tolulope Arotile on the road in Kaduna on Tuesday.

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“A statement by the Nigerian Air Force told some truth that she died but spewed some untruth in saying that: ‘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.’

“It was only eyewitness accounts that unofficially released that it was a colleague of hers who reversed his car to knock her down on the road.

“The statement added that, ‘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.

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‘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.’

“Unofficial accounts say she just returned from a combat operation before she was knocked down to death.

“We, therefore, do not accept that her death was an accident until the report of a coroner says how she died and how a supposed attempt to stop and greet could come with a deadly impact.

“We say this against what is known of the infiltration of the forces by sympathizers and agents of Boko Haram

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“We recall the report years back of such agents revealing the routes and timing of movements of our troops to Boko Haram who ambushed them.

“The inquiry should look into all the links of the colleague who killed her and we must know the identity.

“Meanwhile, we sympathize with the grieving family of Tolulope who has been thrown into deep mourning following the killing of their ft daughter not in combat but within the barrack.

“May her soul rest in peace.”


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Arotile’s death: Nigerians ‘sober’ | Reactions

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Nigerians have expressed sadness over the death of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile who passed away on Tuesday, eight months after she was commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.

Arotile, who hails from Kogi State, died following head injuries sustained from an accident at the Air Force Base in 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,” the Nigerian Air Force said.

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Following her death, Nigerians took to social media to mourn her while noting that the late Arotile was a promising young girl.

Most Nigerians described her demise as a great loss to the nation.

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Arotile’s death: Chief of Air Staff mourns

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said he is heartbroken over the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who he said: “was one of our young shining stars.”

Arotile, who hails from Kogi State, died on Tuesday following head injuries sustained from an accident at the NAF Base in Kaduna.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Chief of Air Staff recalled how he met her at the Minna Airport, saying the late Arotile was eager to help in the restoration of peace in the North Central region of Nigeria.

According to Air Marshal Sadique, her death is a big loss to the Nigerian Air Force and the entire country.

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“I was heartbroken when I received the sad news of the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile yesterday in Kaduna. Tolulope, who was winged in October 2019, as the first female Nigerian Air Force combat helicopter pilot, was one of our shining young stars,” he said.

“I recall meeting her at the Minna Airport, while on an operational visit, after one of such missions and seeing her eagerness to contribute towards the restoration of lasting peace to the affected areas. Her death is a huge loss to the Nigerian Air Force family and indeed the entire nation.”

He, therefore, condoled with the family of the late Flying Officer, asking God to grant her soul eternal rest.

“On behalf officers, airmen, airwomen & civilian staff of Nigerian Air Force,” the CAS added, “I once more condole with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss & sincerely pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”


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Arotile’s death: Buhari ‘wept’

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President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned with the family of the flying officer Tolulope Arotile, describing her as a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security.

The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, saluted Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from the onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered.

He commiserated 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 sympathises with government and people of Kogi State on the loss.

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“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind”.

The late Tolulope Arotile. Photo: Twitter@Nigerian Air Force.

Arotile died on July 14, 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.

Her death comes eight months after she was commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.


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Just in: Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot dies at 23

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Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile is dead, eight months after she was commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.

This was contained in a statement signed by Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, and obtained by Noble Reporters Media on Wednesday.

She was just 23.

“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,” the statement read.

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“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 several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.

Tolulope Arotile. Photo: Twitter@Nigerian Air Force.

“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. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”

In October 2019, Noble Reporters Media reported how Arotile was commissioned along with 12 others, including Kafayat Sanni, the country’s first female fighter pilot.


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