The first Nigerian female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, died in a car crash.
“Until her death, Flight Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September of 2017 as a member of the Nigeria Defence Academy RC 64, was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the service,” the Airforce said in a statement.
“During her short but impactful stay in the service, late Arotile contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the north central states of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.”
Chief of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar said: “on behalf of officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, we commiserate with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”