Senate Honours Late Gallant Pilot, Arotile As She’s Laid To Rest In Abuja

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The funeral rites of Tolulope Arotile has commenced in Abuja after the Flying Officer remains arrived at the military cemetery on Airport Road, The Punch reports.

Spotted paying final respects to Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot at the burial are members of her family; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his wife; House Committee Chairman on Air Force, Bala Ib’n Nalla, amongst other dignitaries.

Also on Thursday, the Senate observed a minute silence in her honour. The red chamber also condoled with the Arotile family, the Nigerian Air Force, Governor Yahaya Bello and the people of Kogi State.

This was sequel to a point of order raised on the floor of the Senate about her demise by the representative of the Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Smart Adeyemi who sought his colleagues’ approval for a monument to be named after the late Arotile at her local community in Kogi State.

Adeyemi had urged the Senate to note with grief, the death of Arotile who died on Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 in a freak accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna at the age of 24;

He added  that the late Flying Officer  was winged as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters, Abuja on 15 October 2019, after completing her flying training in South Africa.

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