The remains of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died on July 14, will be laid to rest on July 23 at the military cemetery in Abuja.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the late Arotile would be buried with full military honours.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has received some members of the Federal Executive Council as well as members of the National Assembly who visited him at Headquarters NAF at various times to condole with him over the unfortunate demise of the young NAF pilot.
Among them were; the Ministers of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, and Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The joint delegation from the upper and lower houses of the National Assembly, comprising 20 members, was led by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Bala Ibn-Na’Allah, and the Chairman, House Committee on the Air Force, Honourable Shehu Koko.
Speaking during her visit, the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, who was accompanied on the visit by the Director-General of the National Council for Women Development as well as leaders of some other Women’s Groups, said she received the news of the death of Flying Officer Arotile with great shock, from which she said it would be difficult for her to recover.
She however noted that the death of the young pilot would not be in vain as she would forever be remembered for her gallantry and contributions to ensuring a secured Nigeria.
The Minister prayed that God would comfort the entire NAF family and grant the departed officer’s soul eternal rest.