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Pan Yoruba group, Afenifere has disagreed with the report made public by the Nigeria Air Force, NAF, over the death of Nigeria’s first combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile who the Nigeria Air Force said died in an accident along Abuja- Lokoja road on Tuesday.

NAF had in a statement on Tuesday said, Tolulope Arotile about her death that, -‘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 hails 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 NAF said.

However, Afenifere is angry that another version of the story from an eye witness made the NAF stories turn out as lies, and is therefore demanding that NAF come out clean by conducting a corona inquest to ascertain the true cause of her death.

The eyewitness accounts stated that it was a colleague of hers who reversed his car to knock her down on the road. It said that the colleague had stopped on seeing her on the road and reversed his car to greet her only to knock her down, killing the young officer.

A statement by Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere on Thursday said it was regrettable that while the Nigeria demented chicken sucked one of its finest eggs yet again with the killing of flying officer Tolulope Arotile on the road in Kaduna on Tuesday.

“Unofficial accounts say she just returned from a combat operation before she was knocked down to death.

“We therefore do not accept that her death was an accident until the report of a coroner says how she died and how a supposed attempt to stop and greet could come with a death impact.

“We say this against what is known of the infiltration of the forces by sympathizers and agents of Boko Haram. We recall the report years back of such agents revealing the routes and timing of movements of our troops to Boko Haram who ambushed them.

“The inquiry should look into all the links of the colleague who killed her and we must know the identity.

“Meanwhile, we sympathize with the grieving family of Tolulope who have been thrown into deep mourning following the killing of their daughter not in combat but within the barrack,” Afenifere stated, while praying her soul to rest in peace.


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