Nigeria’s first ever female combat helicopter pilot has died from injuries sustained in a road accident and the whole nation mourns her exit and salutes her bravery.
She was greatly mourned and celebrated on social media by Nigerians. Some even blame her for ‘dying for a useless country who that won’t value her input’.
The Nigerian Air Force announced the incident that flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who was commissioned into the air force in September 2017 died on Tuesday.
The road accident occurred at an air force base in Kaduna state but the specific date of the incident was not disclosed.
The Nigerian Airforce tweeted that 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.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) has mourned and paid tribute to Tolulope Arotile.
PMB called her “a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation”.
PRESIDENTIAL MOURNING STATEMENT
“The president salutes Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered”.