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President Buhari mourns late first female combat pilot, Arotile; FEC condoles him

President Buhari presides over a Virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council in State House on 15th July 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari has received with deep pain the passing of Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile and condoled with the family on the loss of the promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity),
“the President salutes Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from onslaught of bandits and terrorists,” and has assured that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered.

The President commiserated with the Nigerian Air Force, airmen, airwomen and all friends of the deceased, recalling her deft skills in manoeuvring combat helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride.

He also sympathises with the government and people of Kogi State on the loss and prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind.

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday expressed its condolences to the President and the family of the country’s first female war pilot.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, in a statement in Abuja said that FEC also expressed its condolences to the Chief of Air Staff and Ife community in the ljumu Local Government Area of Kogi state.
Arotile died from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident in Kaduna State on July 14.
“Flying officer Tolulope Arotile was a promising and dedicated officer, who was commissioned into the Nigeria Air Force in September, 2017.
“She was the first female combatant helicopter pilot in the Nigeria Air Force and contributed immensely to the fight against armed bandits and kidnapping in the North Central States under operation GAMA AIKI.
“She will be greatly missed by all,” Mustapha said.
FEC prayed God to console Arotile’s family and to also grant her rest.

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