Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, Buried in Abuja with Full Military Honours

Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, Buried in Abuja with Full Military Honours

The remains of Nigeria’s flying officer, Tolulope Arotile, was laid to rest Thursday at the National Cemetery, Abuja with full military honours amid tears by family members, relations and sympathetic Nigerians. Arotile who was Nigerian Air Force fighter pilot was buried at the military cemetery in Abuja, at a ceremony witnessed by sevral dignitaries including

The remains of Nigeria’s flying officer, Tolulope Arotile, was laid to rest Thursday at the National Cemetery, Abuja with full military honours amid tears by family members, relations and sympathetic Nigerians.

Arotile who was Nigerian Air Force fighter pilot was buried at the military cemetery in Abuja, at a ceremony witnessed by sevral dignitaries including the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his wife; the House Committee Chairman on Air Force, Bala Ib’n Nalla and the family members of the deceased.

Arotile, who died on July 14 in Kaduna, was buried in strict compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, Nigerian Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said.

She died from severe injuries following a road traffic accident at the NAF base in Kaduna. The driver that hit her was reportedly a former secondary school classmate who, in the process of reversing his car to give her a lift knocked down the deceased the Air Force has said.

President Muhammadu Buhari and other national leaders had paid homage to the young military star after her demise and the Air Force promised she would be buried with full military honours.

Eight months before her death, she had been commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.

The burial ceremony was witnessed by four of her siblings who also performed the dust to dust ritual and one of them laid a wreath on behalf of the family.

Meanwhile, the Senate on Thursday observed a minute of silence in honour of Arotile and also asked the Airforce to erect a monument in her honour.
The Senate’s resolution was in response to a motion moved by Senator Smart Adeyemi, a Kogi state lawmaker. The late Arotile was an indigene of Kogi state.

Another federal lawmaker from Kogi state, Senator Jibrin Isah, also wants the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of her death.

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