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The Driver Who Hit Tolulope Arotile With A Car, Killing Her, Has Been Charged With Homicide

The driver and owner of the vehicle that killed Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile in a crash at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna, have been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in the state.

Nehmiah Adejo and David Adejo pleaded not guilty after being arraigned on four count charges of causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, driving without drivers licence and driving without authorisation of the owner and one count charge of negligent conduct while causing danger to person and property.

Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Benjamin who presided over the case, granted the defendants bail of N1 million each after hearing arguments from their counsels and Prosecutor DSP Martins Leo.

The defendants are expected to produce two sureties each who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and are engaged in legal businesses and also present a Bank Verification Number that corresponds with their information.

The case was subsequently adjourned to 24 and 25 of August.

CANDIIDONLINE recalls that Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, died at the age of 23.

She died after sustaining head injuries from a road traffic accident at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Kaduna, less than a year after she was decorated as the first female combatant helicopter pilot.

Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, recently completed a program at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa.

Arotile also graduated as the best flight student from the Nigerian Air Force in 2017.

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Written by Mateen Badru

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