Nigerian senator, author and human rights activist has called the late Tolulope Arotile a shining start in a recent tribute written for the late female combat helicopter pilot.
Senator Shehu Sani took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to pen the tribute to the late Tolulope Arotile.
He wrote, “Tolulope Arotile was a shining star who broke barriers & defied conventions. She raced through an uncharted & dreaded path & braced d tape in victory. She refused to be hindered by neither d ceiling nor d sky. She was a woman who conquered d impossible & the unimaginable. RIP”.
Sani had earlier reacted to the news of her death, narrating how he passed through the same road minutes before the accident that claimed the life of Tolulope.
However, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has long released a statement announcing the death of the star.
NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said, “It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died on July 14, 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 bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.” Daramola said.
The director went on to extend the condolences of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and other officers to the family of the late officer, praying her soul to find rest with God.