The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday lost one of its finest flying officers, Tolulope Arotile to road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola in a statement said, the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, on14 July 2020, was as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
The statement said, 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.
The statement 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.
“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,” the statement said.