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Investigate Arotile’s death, sister, Gani Adams tell NAF


Pic.29. Deputy Governor of Kogi, Chief Edward Onoja (R) delivers his condolence message when he led a high powered delegation on behalf of Gov. Yahaya Bello during a visit to commesrate with the family of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, whom he described as a ‘National Star’, at their GRA home in Lokoja, on Wednesday (15/7/20).<br />03503/15/7/2020/Jones Bamidele/NAN

Damilola Adegboye, immediate elder sister of the late first female combat helicopter pilot in the history of Nigerian Air Force, Tolulope Arotile, has called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.

Also, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, is not taking lightly the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) explanation that a reversing car killed combat pilot Arotile.

“How would such a promising young girl be killed by a reversing car within the premises of the barrack? Who drove the car? What is his or her name? Where is the suspected killer?”, he quipped in a strong-worded statement on Thursday.


Adams urged the federal government and the international community to probe the “suspicious death”.

The deceased sister in an interview with newsmen yesterday said the family is devastated by the untimely death wondering how the reverse of a vehicle could kill a person in such manner.

Adegboye said: “We in the family are not convinced that Tolu can just die like that in a freak accident. 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.”

She said on the day of the incident, Arotile and herself were in the room where she was sleeping. “A call came into her phone which 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.


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