Arotile’s death: 'No Foul Play' - NAF

First Nigerian female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile
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Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday said there is no foul play as regards the death of the first female Nigerian combat helicopter pilot and flying officer, Miss Tolulope Arotile.

Miss Tolulope Arotile was knocked down by the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) driven by an old schoolmate at the NAF Base in Kaduna.

Director of NAF Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who addressed the media on the preliminary findings said three of her classmates in a KIA Cereto saloon car that hit her along Mando area of Kaduna, will be handed over to the Police for further investigation and they will be charged to the civil court thereafter.

NAF identified the three suspects being detained over the incident as Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun, saying they were her former secondary schoolmates.

It said the deceased officer died of trauma due to the bleeding from head injuries she sustained in the accident because she hit her head on the road pavement and the car also climbed part of her body.

According to Ibikunle Daramola, he said, "Upon recognising their schoolmate, Arotile, after passing her, Mr Adejoh, who was driving, reversed the vehicle, ostensibly in an attempt to quickly meet up with the deceased, who was walking in the opposite direction.

In the process, the vehicle struck Flying Officer Arotile from the rear, knocking her down with significant force and causing her to hit her head on the pavement.

The car then ran over parts of her body as it veered off the road beyond the kerb and onto the sidewalk, causing her further injuries."

Daramola noted that the late Arotile was subsequently rushed to the 461 NAF Hospital Kaduna for treatment. At the same time, Mr Folorunsho (one of the occupants of the vehicle) who is also an accident and emergency nurse at the St. Gerard's Catholic Hospital, Kaduna, administered first aid.

"Flying Officer Arotile was confirmed dead by the on-call doctor at the 461 NAF Hospital at about 4.45 pm on 14 July 2020 as a result of the head injuries," he stated.

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