Nigeria Loses First Female Combat Pilot At 23

A sad accident occurred at Nigeria AirForce Base in Kaduna, which resulted in the death of flying officer, Tolulope Arotile on Tuesday.

Arotile, was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, making her the first female combat helicopter pilot in the Air Force, before her untimely death barely nine months in the Service.

The sad incident was confirmed via Twitter by the Nigerian Air Force official handle in the early hours of Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 


“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. 

“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.

“@CAS_AMSadique 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.”

It is speculated that she was hit  by a reversing car belonging to a former coursemate, leading to her death at 23 years of age.

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