Nigeria’s First Female Helicopter Combat Pilot, Tolulope Arotile Laid To Rest

The remains of Nigeria’s first female helicopter combat pilot, Tolulope Arotile was laid to rest on Thursday at the military cemetery, Airport Road, Abuja.

Her remains was transported to the cemetery by an Air Force ambulance with registration number AF 442.

General Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence staff led the hierarchy of the Nigerian Military to pay tributes to her by honouring her with the full military honours.


In attendance to pay their last respect to the deceased was the family members of the deceased; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his wife and the House Committee Chairman on Air Force, Bala Ib’n Nalla.

At exactly 11:05am, her remains were lowered into the grave, after which, 21 gunshots were fired in respect to the deceased.

The demise of the deceased was first announced on Tuesday 14 July, 2020 by the Nigerian Air Force.


According to the Air Force, the deceased died from a road accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State.

Furthermore, it was disclosed that the deceased sustained head injuries from the accident when she was “inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force Secondary School classmate while trying to greet her”


It was noted by the Air Force that the driver of the vehicle, Nehemiah Adejoh who was a former classmate of the deceased had no valid driver’s license, and the case would be transferred to the Nigerian Police Force since it’s a civil case.

As Compiled By Jaja Otokini
And Edited By Knight Fredel
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