The Nigerian Air Force has said investigation has commenced into unraveling the cause of death of Nigeria’s first female combat Pilot, Tolulope Arotile.
NAF Spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this on a Friday in statement said two suspect are in their custody. NAF also announced that Tolulope Arotile will be laid to rest on Thursday, July 23, 2020.
“First of all, in my first statement, I said she died from a road traffic accident. I further clarified the nature of the road traffic accident where one of her excited classmates who saw her reversed his car which led to him hitting her and knocking her down. This led to head injuries and a lot of haemorrhaging which ultimately resulted in her death.
“The two boys are in custody and the NAF will do a thorough investigation into the matter. It is a routine process – our own processes that are ongoing because it happened inside a NAF base. At the appropriate time, whatever information needs to go out will go out. But we cannot pre-empt that investigation process.
“Whatever needs to be known will be known; it is standard practice. So, we are investigating the circumstances leading to her death by a road traffic accident. It is an investigation because it may go beyond NAF.”
Pan Yoruba Socio-political organization, Afenifere, has called for a probe into the death of the young pilot. Also Gani Adams called on the international community to investigate her death.