Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot, Arotile, dies at 23.

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Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile is dead.

The 23-year-old was commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot eight months ago.

According to a statement signed by Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, she died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF base, Kaduna.

The statement reads:
“It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today, 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna,
“Until her death, ‪Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service. During her short but impactful stay in the Service, late Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, 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.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late ‪Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”


  1. This news is sketchy as it lacks indept analysis of her death. What caused the accident. Were she driving herself or she was a passenger. How come the Airforce conclude so quick that her death was by accident thruogh head injuries. There is more to her death than we are told. What was the condition of the vehicle she was travelling in. A lot more questions need to be answered here

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