Family of the late first female combat helicopter pilot in the history of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Tolulope Arotile, has called on the military to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding her death.
Damilola Adegboye, the immediate elder sister of Tolulope, said that the family is devastated by the untimely death, wondering how the reverse of a vehicle could kill a person in such manner.
Arotile reportedly died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base in Kaduna State.
Adegboye said, “We in the family are not convinced that Tolu can just die like that in a freak accident. As a family I know that the NAF is well trained in the art of investigation, we want them to thoroughly investigate the death of Tolulope Arotile to convince us beyond all doubts that the incident that led to her death was real.”
She said on the day of the incident, Arotile and herself were in the room where she was sleeping
”A call came into her phone which she picked but from the way they spoke, I knew the caller must be a senior Officer calling her to come to Airforce base. She felt reluctant and I offered to drop her off.
”One hour later, I read online that something serious had happened to her. I couldn’t believe that somebody I just dropped off is dead,” she explained.
Also speaking, the mother of Arotile went down memory lane about how she gave birth to her describing her as a special child adding that fasting and prayer was her hobby.
Meanwhile the Kogi State House of Assembly has called on the state government to immortalize her.
The call was contained in a motion moved by the member representing Ijumu Constituency, Kilani Olumo.
Olumo said the deceased pilot had contributed her quota to the ongoing fight against insecurity in the country.