Thursday, July 16, 2020

Nigeria’s first female combat pilot is dead







Nigerians have expressed sad emotions over the death of Tolulope Arotile, 23, the first female combat helicopter pilot of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Her death resulted from head injuries she sustained from a road accident near the NAF Base on 14 july 2020 in Kaduna.

In the words of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, "Tolulope death is an irreparable loss.

Still Speaking, the late Tolulope 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.

She died 8 months after she was given a special recognition as a combat helicopter pilot in the Air force following the  completion of her course in south Africa.

Tolulope was a trailblazer, who excelled brilliantly in a male dominated field. She broke a jinx that must remain broken. We pray her soul have an eternal rest.










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