Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female helicopter pilot was hit by an ex-classmate who was excited to see her.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information said in a statement on Wednesday that;
“Flying Officer Arotile died on July 14, 2020, at the age of 24, when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force Secondary School classmate while trying to greet her.
“Before her untimely death, Flying Officer Arotile made significant and outstanding contributions to the war against terrorism, armed banditry and other forms of criminality in the country, flying several combat missions,” the spokesman said.
Born on December 13, 1995 to the family of Mr and Mrs Akintunde Arotile in Kaduna, Arotile hailed from Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Nigerians have expressed their sadness with the untimely demise of a shining light, Arotile and have prayed for the repose of her soul.