NAF Picks Thursday For Arotile's Burial
The Nigerian Air Force has released a statement that late Tolulope Arotile, the first-ever female combat pilot in Nigeria who died in a motor accident this week will be buried with full military honour on Thursday.
In the release, NAF said that the remains of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who died on July 14 will be laid to rest with full military honours at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja on July 23 .
The NAF noted that the sad loss of its first female combat pilot would not stop the force from continue to support female pilots ’ training as 11 were currently undergoing training within and outside Nigeria .
Arotile was said to be have died as a result of head injury sustained from an accident when she was inadvertently hit by an excited former classmate at the NAF base in Kaduna.
NAF responding to the public cry to probe the circumstances of Arotile’s death said that the force has opened an investigation already and that two persons are in custody.
It however said that the necessary information that needed to be known to the public will be duly sent according to the ‘military standards’.
The late pilot , a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64 , hailed from Iffe in the Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State , and contributed to the efforts to rid the North – Central states of bandits and other criminal elements by flying combat missions .