A minute silence was observed on Thursday, by the senate, in honour of the the first female combat helicopter pilot of the Nigerian Air Force, late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.
The Arotile family, Nigerian Air Force, Governor Yahaya Bello and the people of Kogi State were not excluded in the condolence exercise, that the red chamber expressed The Punch reports.
Before she was laid to rest, there was a point of order raised on the floor of the Senate by the representative of the Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Smart Adeyemi.
The red chamber did not approve an additional prayer by Adeyemi who sought his colleagues’ approval for a monument to be named after the late Arotile at her local community in Kogi State.
Meanwhile, Senator Jibrin Issah, a representative of of Kogi East Senatorial District, has called for a full scale investigation into the death of Arotile.
Showing so much concern about the demise of Aritile, who died on Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 in a freak accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna at the age of 24, Adeyemi urged the Senate to note with grief, the death of Arotile;
He also stated that, that the late Flying Officer was winged as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters, Abuja on 15 October 2019, after completing her flying training in South Africa.
Speaking further, he said, “Flying Officer Arotile who hailed from Ife in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, was born on 13th December 1995 to the family of Mr and Mrs Akintunde Arotile in Kaduna. She attended Air Force Primary School, Kaduna from 2006-2011.
“In September 2012, she gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, where she was a member of 64 Regular Course.
“Flying Officer Arotile who was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer on 16 September 2017, holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Nigerian Defence Academy.
“Flying Officer Arotile underwent tactical flying training on the Augusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy, and holds a commercial pilots’ licence.
“On 6 February 2020, she introduced the Air Force’s newly-acquired Augusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, during the induction ceremony at the Eagle Square, Abuja.”