Family disagree with Air force on cause of Arotile’s death   


The Arotiles have expressed disbelief at the official position about the cause of their daughter, the late first Nigerian female combat pilot, Tolulope.

Late Tolulope died about a week after returning from Katsina as part of the joint security team to combat banditry in the state.

Her employer had attributed her death in Kaduna to an old classmate with whom she attended Air force Secondary School, Kaduna together, claiming the person whose identity was wrapped in secrecy unwittingly hit her with a car while reversing to exchange pleasantries with the victim.

“Flying Officer Arotile died on July 14, 2020 at the age of 24, when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former classmate at the Air Force Secondary School while trying to greet her,” the Nigeria Air force said in a statement its Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Com. Ibikunle Daramola released.

The official account has come under scrutiny of the Arotiles with the deceased’s elder sister, Damilola Adegboye, in an interview with newsmen on Thursday calling for investigation into her sister’s death.

Adegboye who said something to the effect that the official account could not have been the truth said leading up to the death of the 24-year-old she (Tolulope) received a phone call from someone, who from their conversation was her superior in office.

She (Adegboye) explained that the person on the phone ordered the late flying officer to come down to Airforce base but she was reluctant, adding that it was her who dropped her off only to hear about her demise one hour after.

Her word, “We are not convinced that Tolu can die like that in a freak accident. I know that the military is well trained in the art of investigation; we want them to carry out a thorough investigation that can convince us beyond all doubts that the incident that led to her death was the truth.”

Continued, “A call came into her mobile phone; from the way she spoke, I knew that the caller must be a senior officer telling her to come to the air force base. She was reluctant and I offered to drop her off. One hour later, I saw it online that something serious had happened to her. I couldn’t believe that somebody I just dropped off is dead.”

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