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Buhari Mourns Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot, Tolulope Arotile

President Muhammadu Buhari has received with “deep pain” the passing of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile.

His condolence message was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, on Wednesday.

Buhari condoled with the deceased’s family on the “loss of such a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security.”

“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,” the statement said.

Late Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile

“President Buhari commiserates with the Nigerian Air Force, airmen, airwomen and all friends of the deceased, recalling her deft skills in manoeuvring combat helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride.

“The President sympathises with government and people of Kogi State on the loss.

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind.”

Arotile died on Tuesday from head injuries sustained in a car accident that occurred at the Nigerian Air Force base in Kaduna.

In a statement by the Force, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, described her death as an “irreparable loss.”

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

She was inducted as one of 13 pilots into the Nigerian Air Force on the 15th of August 2019.

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