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Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies At 23



Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot is dead, Nigerian Air Force confirmed.

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Tolulope died on Tuesday, July 14, at the age of 23 barely 8 months after she was given a special recognition in the force.

A statement released by the force say Arotile died after sustaining head injuries from a road traffic accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna state.

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Read Statement Below.

“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 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.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of 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.”

SOURCE: AfricaCelebrities.Com