Nigeria’s first female combatant pilot, Tolulope Arotile, was reportedly hit by ex-classmate’s car

Tolulope Arotile

There are revelations about what led to the death of Nigeria’s first female combat pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State on Tuesday.

According to a report by PUNCH, Tolulope was who was 24-year-old was said to have been hit by a car driven by a former classmate who wanted to greet her.

The unnamed ex-classmate was reportedly reversing the car when it hit Arotile who fell and hit her head on the tarmac.

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a statement to mourn the death of Nigeria’s first female Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.

The President said in a statement that:

“President Buhari received with deep pain the news of the passing of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, and condoles with the 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.

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, and prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind,” the statement said.