From Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
Nigerian Air Pressure (NAF) on Sunday dominated out foul play within the demise of the nation’s first feminine fight helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who was knocked down by the Sport Utility Automobile (SUV) pushed by an outdated schoolmate on the NAF Base in Kaduna.
She was 24.
Giving particulars of its preliminary investigation, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Info, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, mentioned: “The demise of Flying Officer Arotile was brought on by blunt drive trauma to the top and vital bleeding ensuing from being struck by the car.”
Daramola mentioned NAF would have waited for the conclusion of the investigation earlier than releasing its particulars however “the NAF, in sensitivity to public issues occasioned by the unfold of false data, appreciates the crucial to offer extra readability at this very troublesome second”.
He mentioned being a civil case, the matter will likely be handed over to the police “with a view to additional investigating and charging the suspects to courtroom in accordance with extant legal guidelines”.
The NAF spokesman mentioned the driving force of the car that killed the pilot, Mr. Nehemiah Adejoh, doesn’t have a sound driver’s licence.
He mentioned Adejoh will likely be charged to courtroom on the finish of investigations.
Daramola mentioned: “The Nigerian Air Pressure, being a extremely skilled and disciplined organisation, won’t be a part of points with any people or teams relating to the spurious allegations of ‘foul play’ espoused in some quarters. Suffice it to say that Flying Officer Arotile was a satisfaction of the NAF in whom the service had invested massively when it comes to assets, time and power.
“Consequently, it’s ludicrous for anybody to even remotely insinuate malevolent intent on the a part of the service in opposition to one among its most prized belongings.”
The NAF spokesman recalled how the Squadron Pilot on the 405 Helicopter Fight Coaching Group (405 HCTG), Enugu, connected to the Air Part of Operation Gama Aiki in Minna, Niger State, died on July 14.
“On July 14, 2020, at 10.55 a.m, the late Flying Officer Arotile obtained a cellphone name from her colleague, Flying Officer Perry Karimo, a fellow helicopter pilot from the 405 HCTG, who wished to debate preparations for his or her return to Enugu, requesting that she involves the Base in order that they may work out the modalities.
“Subsequently, round 10.58 a.m, the late Arotile positioned a name by means of to Squadron Chief Diepiriye Batubo, the Group Operations Officer (GOO) of 405 HCTG, who was in Minna on the time, to make clear points relating to her deployment. It have to be highlighted that the decision from Flying Officer Karimo in addition to the one to the Squadron Chief Batubo each occurred earlier than 11 a.m, over 5 hours earlier than the incident, which led to her demise,” Daramola mentioned.
He mentioned the NAF did all it may to avoid wasting her life.
“Flying Officer Arotile was subsequently taken to the 461 NAF Hospital, Kaduna, for therapy, whereas Mr Folorunsho (one of many occupants of the car) who can also be an Accident and Emergency Nurse on the St. Gerard Catholic Hospital, Kaduna, administered first assist.
“Flying Officer Arotile was confirmed useless by the on-call physician on the 461 NAF Hospital at 4.45 p.m on July 14, 2020, because of the top accidents,” he added.
Daramola urged Nigerians to keep away from speculations about Arotile’s demise, saying: “It’s of absolute significance that the reminiscence of this fallen hero and our treasured baby shouldn’t be tainted by the propagation of misplaced sentiments and wild shenanigans.”