Tolulope Arotile’s Sister, Gani Adams Call For Probe Into Death

Damilola Adegboye, the sister of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, who died on Tuesday, has demanded an investigation into her death.

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the death of Ms Arotile, who died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road accident at a naval base in Kaduna.

She was reportedly killed in a “freak accident” when a driver was reversing, naval authorities claimed.

Last year, the NAF winged Ms Arotile as the first female helicopter combat pilot.

She had then successfully completed her pilot training courses at the Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa.

Aggrieved sister

In an interview with The PUNCH on Thursday, Ms Adegboye said the family is devastated by the untimely death. She, however, called for an investigation into the death.

Mrs Adegboye reportedly 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, she and the deceased were in the room and she (Tolu) 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.

Damilola Adegboye, the immediate elder sister of Tolulope Arotile, the first female combat helicopter pilot in the history of Nigerian Air Force who died on Tuesday, July 14, says the family isn’t convinced she died in a freak accident and is demanding a full-scale investigation into the cause of the accident.

 

The Nigeria Air Force had released a statement saying Tolulope, 25, died when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force Secondary School classmate while trying to greet her. Tolulope allegedly sustained head injuries that led to her death.

Adegboye who spoke with Punch, wondered how the reverse of a vehicle could kill a person in such a manner.

 

“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, she and Arotile were sleeping in a room before she received a call.

“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.

 

Also speaking, the mother of Arotile went down memory lane about how she gave birth to her describing her as a special child adding that fasting and prayer was her hobby.

 

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