Late first female combat helicopter pilot Tolulope Arotile ‘s immediate elder sister –Damilola Adegboye – has called for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding her sister’s death.
She emphasized on how her lightweight sister was fasting when the incident happened and yet the impact on the car was so evident. This implied that the impact must have been quite intense.
The deceased combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile’s parent also testified that her hobby was fasting and prayer.
In an interview with Punch on Thursday, Damilola Adegboye said the family was devastated by the death and wondered how a person could be killed in such a manner by the reverse of a car.
She emphasized that the road in question was narrow and does not allow for much speed, talk less of reversing at speed rate.
Recall that the Nigerian first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile had died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base in Kaduna State.
The boys in the car had claimed that she was their old classmate and they had reversed to greet her, thereby knocking her down in the process.
“We in the family are not convinced that Tolu can just die like that in a freak accident,” Adegboye said. “I know that the military is well trained in the art of investigation, we want them to carry out a thorough investigation that can convince us beyond all doubts that the incident that led to her death was real.”
Adegboye also said the day the incident took place, Tolulope Arotile and herself were in the room where she was sleeping before receiving a call.
“She picked but from the way they spoke, I knew the caller must be a senior officer calling her to come to Airforce base. She felt reluctant and I offered to drop her off.
“One hour later, I read online that something serious had happened to her. I couldn’t believe that somebody I just dropped off is dead,” she explained.
Also, the Kogi State House of Assembly, in a motion that was moved by the member representing Ijumu Constituency, Kilani Olumo, called for the immortalization of the young Nigerian helicopter pilot.
The member representing the Lokoja One constituency, Umar Tenimu, further seconded the move describing the it as timely in view of the efforts of the late war pilot for the country’s security.
In his decision, Speaker Matthew Kolawole called on the state government to immediately immortalize Tolulope Arotile.
The house observed a minute silence in honor of the late first female helicopter pilot.
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