Arotile’s family demands ‘thorough’ investigation into her death

The family of first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in Nigeria, Tolulope Arotile, has called on the Nigerian Air Force to investigate her death.

Arotile’s immediate elder sister, Damilola Adegboye, in an interview with PUNCH, said the family is not yet convinced that she (Arotile) died due to head injury sustained from a road traffic accident as alleged by NAF.

She 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.”

Also, she recalled that they were together when Arotile received a call from someone that is likely a senior colleague and reluctantly left for the base as instructed.

She said: “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 Air force 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.”

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