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Arotile NAF's First Female Combatant Pilot Dies In An Automobile Crash

The Nigeria Airforce loses its first female combatant pilot in an automobile crash in Kaduna.

The news of her death was confirmed by the Nigerian Airforce Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Ibikunle in a statement he issued on Tuesday 14th July 2020.

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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 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.

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.

Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
14 July 2020

Two Senior female Air Force officers speaking with Media Orchid this morning described her death as a painful loss to females in the Nigerian Airforce, the Tri- Service and Women at large.

Picture Credit : NAF.

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