Nigerian Air Force first female combat helicopter pilot dies in Kaduna auto crash


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announces the unfortunate death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.

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Nigerian Air Force Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola in a statement said ‪Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, and was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.

Daramola said 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.

He said 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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