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Details and Photos from the Burial of Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Buried in Abuja

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It was a sad day for Nigerians yesterday as the remains of the very first Nigeria’s female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile was laid to mother earth Thurday, July 23rd 2020 in Abuja.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) authorities on Thursday July 23rd, 2020 buried the remains of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, the service’s first female combat helicopter pilot at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Recall that the Nigeria's first female combat helicopter pilot dies from head injuries she sustained when a car knocked her down; read details HERE

Nigerian president Mohammadu Buhari, Tinubu, Saraki, others mourn the untimely death of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Aritole.

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Ms Arotile, who died on July 14, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna, was buried with full military honors.

A Squadron Pilot at the 405 Helicopter Combat Training Group (405 HCTG) Enugu, she was attached to the Air Component of Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, having recently completed her Promotion Examinations.

The female combat helicopter pilot was in Kaduna awaiting deployment for her next assignment when she died.

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In his speech at the funeral ceremony, the Nigerian Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Sadique Abubakar, said Ms Arotile would be greatly missed by the NAF and the nation at large.

Mr Abubakar said that even at this moment the NAF was still in shock and grief because it has lost a heroine whom the Service has so much confidence in. He noted that the NAF’s expectations were cut short as a result of the sudden demise of the first female combat helicopter pilot.

The air chief who eulogised Ms Arotile, noted that her short stay in the Service was highly impactful, as she was a committed, bold, daring and confident officer in her service in the North West and North Central missions.

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He noted that the female combat helicopter pilot’s demise had affected the NAF and the nation whose sovereignty she protected.

Mr Abubakar thanked the late female combat helicopter pilot, Ms Arotile for adding value, faith and focus to national security, saying the NAF and the country would always remember her contributions to nation building.

Chaplain Dogo Gani, the Director Chaplaincy, Protestant Nigeria Air Force, said the death of the female combat helicopter pilot, Ms Arotile was a difficult thing to comprehend.

He said Ms Arotile, a young woman of passion, faith and courage who took up the challenges of fighting evil, “is now gone forever.”

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Mr Gani applauded the Chief of Air Staff Mr. Abubakar for taking up the steps and boldness in putting resources together to see that female combat helicopter pilot Tolulope realises her dream of becoming one of her kind.

He therefore called on political, community and religious leaders to always invest and raise young men and women like Ms Arotile to defend the country.

Speaking on behalf of the Arotile family, Mrs. Damilola Adegboye an elder sister to the deceased, noted that the female combat helicopter pilot had always dreamt of flying a plane right from childhood. She said her sister was passionate about her job and family.

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Mrs Adegboye thanked the NAF, Mr Abubakar and the entire nation for their prayers, condolences and love shown to the family since the demise of the female combat helicopter pilot.

Some dignitaries present at the funeral ceremony of the first female combat helicopter pilot were the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gabriel Olonisakin, and the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, among other dignitaries.

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