Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello , has described the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile as a shocking and devastating national tragedy.
The Kogi – born FO , who died in a car accident on Tuesday in Kaduna State, hailed from the Ijumu Local Government Area of the state .
Arotile was the first female Combat Helicopter Pilot in the history of the Nigerian Air Force .
In a condolence message signed by the Governor’ s Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed , Bello described Arotile as not only a combat pilot but a fantastic aviator who reached the sky in her professional calling at a very tender age of 23.
The statement partly read , “ Late Flying Officer Arotile brought the country to a standstill on the 15th of October 2019 when she was decorated as the first female combat Helicopter Pilot.
This was a huge honour to her family and state, the nation , and the entire women in the country and beyond .
“ As a trained military aviator , with a blend of professionalism and patriotism, Arotile ’ s engagement in air – to – ground combat in rooting out armed bandits and other criminal elements in the country , particularly in the North Central region was a sacrifice that cannot be forgotten .
“ We are devastated by the tragic death of this young promising lady who took bravery to the next level , demystified prejudicial stereotype and flew her parents, state and nation high in honour and professionalism .
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“ On behalf of the state , I commiserate with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss and I pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest, She will be sorely missed. ”
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