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NAF Palms Over Flying Officer Aritole’s Killers To Police

Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile


The Nigerian Air Drive (NAF) has handed the killers of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile to the police.


This comes after it launched a report on the preliminary investigation on the demise of the flying officer.


Arotile, NAF’s first feminine fight helicopter pilot died on Thursday, July 14 after she was reportedly knocked down by a automobile pushed by her ex-classmates contained in the NAF base in Kaduna.


Addressing journalists on Sunday, July 19 on the NAF headquarters in Abuja, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, spokesman of the service, gave an in depth clarification of what transpired.


He mentioned Arotile was coming back from the Mammy Market (a reputation residents in army bases throughout Nigeria generally name their market) at about 4.30 pm when the incident occurred.


His phrases: ‘‘Three of her former schoolmates on the Air Drive Secondary Faculty (now Air Drive Complete Faculty) Kaduna; Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun, drove previous her in a Kia Sorento SUV, with Registration Quantity AZ 478 MKA.

‘‘It’s noteworthy that Messrs Adejoh, Folorunsho and Gbayegun are all civilians who stay exterior NAF Base Kaduna, however had been on their approach to go to one Mrs Chioma Ugwu, spouse of Squadron Chief Chukwuemeka Ugwu, who lives at Ekagbo quarters on the bottom.

‘‘Upon recognising their schoolmate, Arotile, after passing her, Mr Adejoh, who was driving, reversed the automobile, ostensibly in an try to shortly meet up with the deceased, who was strolling in the wrong way.

‘‘Within the course of, the automobile struck Flying Officer Arotile from the rear, knocking her down with vital power and inflicting her to hit her head on the pavement. The automobile then ran over components of her physique because it veered off the street past the kerb and onto the pavement, inflicting her additional accidents.

‘‘Flying Officer Arotile was subsequently rushed to the 461 NAF Hospital Kaduna for therapy, whereas Mr Folorunsho (one of many occupants of the automobile) who can be an Accident & Emergency Nurse on the St Gerard Catholic Hospital Kaduna, administered First Assist.

‘‘Flying Officer Arotile was confirmed lifeless by the on-call physician on the 461 NAF Hospital at about 4.45 pm on 14 July 2020, on account of the pinnacle accidents.’’


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He mentioned the lads within the automobile had been instantly detained on the Air Provost Wing, 453 Base Providers Group Kaduna as investigations started.


In line with him, they had been subjected to toxicology assessments however no traces of alcohol or psychotropic substances had been discovered of their techniques.

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Nevertheless, he mentioned the driving force of the automobile, Mr Nehemiah Adejo, didn’t have a sound driver’s license.


He said that the demise of Flying Officer Arotile was attributable to blunt power trauma to the pinnacle and vital bleeding ensuing from being struck by the automobile.


He famous that being a civil case, the matter can be handed over to the Nigeria Police Drive for additional investigation.

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Recall that the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, had described the demise of Arotile as suspicious.


The revered Yoruba chief additionally referred to as on the federal authorities to correctly examine the circumstances which led to the demise of the 24-year outdated Kogi-born officer.


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