Sister Of Late Celebrated Pilot, Tolulope Arotile Demands Probe Into Her Death

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Damilola Adegboye, immediate elder sister of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, has called for a thorough investigation into her death which resulted from a purported “accident”.

The Nigeria Air Force had released a statement saying Tolulope died when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force Secondary School classmate while trying to greet her. Tolulope allegedly sustained head injuries that led to her death.

The deceased sister in an interview with newsmen yesterday said the family is devastated by the untimely death wondering how the reverse of a vehicle could kill a person in such manner.

Adegboye said, “We in the family are not convinced that Tolu can just 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 real.”

She explained that on the day of the incident, Arotile and herself were in the room where she was sleeping. “A call came into her phone which she picked but from the way they spoke, I knew the caller must be a senior officer calling her to come to Airforce base. She felt reluctant and I offered to drop her off.

“One hour later, I read online that something serious had happened to her. I couldn’t believe that somebody I just dropped off is dead,”

Also, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, is not taking lightly the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) explanation that a reversing car killed combat pilot Arotile.

“How would such a promising young girl be killed by a reversing car within the premises of the barrack? Who drove the car? What is his or her name? Where is the suspected killer?”, he quipped in a strong-worded statement on Thursday.

Adams urged the federal government and the international community to probe the “suspicious death”.

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