Arotile: Driver charged with culpable homicide

588, Nehemiah Adejor

Nehemiah Adejor, one of the three accused linked with the death of Nigeria’s first female fighter helicopter, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, has been charged with culpable homicide and criminal conspiracy.

The others, Folorunsho Igbekele Faith and Gbayegun Deji, have however been left off the hook and freed by a Kaduna High Court handling the case.

The duo were passengers in the car Adejor drove to cause Arotile’s death inside Nigeria Airforce Base at Kawo area of the State in July.

Adejor, an ex-classmate of the late history-making officer in secondary school was behind the wheels when he sighted the deceased and in the process of reversing to exchange pleasantries unwittingly hit her with the car causing the 24-year-old’s death.

At the resumed hearing on Thursday, the prosecution Counsel, DSP Martins D. Leo, prayed the Court to discharge the 2nd and 3rd suspects, as their investigation did not find them culpable, a position Magistrate Benjamin Hassan, was in sync with in his ruling.

However, the prime accused has a case to answer, according to the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), “there is no premeditation in the death of the Flying Officer Arotile, but there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the 1st suspect, Nehemiah Adejor for culpable homicide not punishable with death.”

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