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Breaking: Nigeria’s first, only female combat Helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile dies in road accident

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Nigeria has lost its only first female pilot, Miss Tolulope Arotile in a road accident in Kaduna, North West, Nigeria.

Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, of the Nigeria Airforce tragically died after she sustained head injuries from an accident on Tuesday.

In a statement signed by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force and made available to journalists, he said, the late the road accident occurred at NAF Base in Kaduna and Tolulope died shortly after sustaining head injuries.

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The statement reads: “The Nigerian Airforce has lost the only female helicopter combat pilot in the 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.

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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 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.”

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“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.”

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