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Tolulope Arotile Burial Set For July 23, All Service Chiefs Expected To Attend

Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died on July 14 in Kaduna, is set for burial on July 23 in Abuja in full military honours.

In September 2017, she made history when she became Nigeria’s first ever female combat helicopter pilot.

She was said to have died from injuries sustained in a road accident, the Air Force announced on Tuesday.

The accident occurred at an air force base in Kaduna state.

The force in a statement posted on social media said: “Until her death, ‪Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service

“The Nigerian Air Force said that its first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile will be laid to rest (burial) next week with “full military honours” at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Tolulope Arotile buried

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said: “The remains of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, NAF’s first combat helicopter pilot who died on July 14 will be laid to rest with full military honours at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja on July 23.

“Meanwhile, a condolence visit to the Arotile Family in Lokoja by a high-powered delegation, composed of the CAS, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs as well as the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Air Force, has been scheduled to hold on a date before the burial.”

Tolulope Arotile dies burial

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.

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Written by Vivian Ifezue

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