Nigeria’s first female combat pilot Tolulope Arotile dies

Nigerian air officer and female combat pilot Tolulope Arotile is dead.

Tolulope Arotile is the first Nigerian woman ever to fly a combat helicopter. She was aged just 23.

Tolulope died in a road accident at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Kaduna.

Tolulope Arotile was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in September 2017 and was certified a combat helicopter pilot in the Air Force following the completion of her course in South Africa.

The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed the incident. NAF PR director, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said Tolulope “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.”

Tolulope Arotile is a native of Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

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