HEAT OF THE MOMENT LATEST GIST SECURITY SOCIETY GIST TRENDING TRAGEDY! NIGERIA LOSES FIRST FEMALE COMBAT HELICOPTER PILOT IN CAR ACCIDENT By Admin Posted on 4 weeks ago 2 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has lost its first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile in car accident on Tuesday. Arotile died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna. Until her death, Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service. The sad news was broken in a press release signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola. During her short but impactful stay in the Service, late Arotile, who hails from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North Central States of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State. Ibikunle stated that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss.