The first Nigerian female combatant helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, is dead.
Tolulope reportedly died in road accident in Kaduna State on Tuesday.
In a tweet announcing her death the Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday said “It is with great sorrow that the @NigAirForce regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died on 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, Fg Offr Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in Sept 2017 as a member of @HQ_NDA RC 64, was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.
“During her short but impactful stay in the Service, late Arotile, 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.
“On behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss,” the statement read.