The first female combat helicopter pilot in the history of the Nigerian Air Force, Tolulope Arotile, aged 25 died on Wednesday of head injuries from a road traffic accident at NAF Base in Kaduna State.
She died eight months after she was decorated as the first female combat helicopter pilot.
A statement from the Air Force Spokesman said her former classmate saw her, reversed her car to greet her but hit her in the process and she actually died on Wednesday.
She was gladly called the Slayer of Bandits and Terrorist in the Air Force family.
Since the news of her death went to town Nigerians have been pouring out their emotions and grief over the death of Arotile.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Twitter, said, “The news of the demise of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, which I woke up to read this morning is very sad and unfortunate.”
Former Senator, Shehu Sani, tweeted, “It’s sad to learn that few minutes after I passed the NAF Air Force Base Kaduna, a tragic accident happened which took away the life of one of Nigeria’s finest and first female combat Helicopter Pilot, Tolulope Arotile. A great loss to our country. May her soul Rest In Peace.”
Bukola Saraki also wrote, “I woke up to read the very sad news of the unfortunate passing away of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile – Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.”
The Kogi State Government said the entire state is mourning the demise of a diligent officer.
Television host and presenter, Ebuka Uchendu, tweeted, “Literally just scrolled through the news of Tolulope Arotile, Fahim Saleh and Jahreau Shephard’s deaths simultaneously on my timeline. It’s too much.”