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Flying Officer Tolu Arotile will be buried with full military honours – NAF

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced that the remains of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, will be buried in full military honours.

A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, on Friday disclosed the late Arotile who died on July 14, 2020, will be buried at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja, on July 23.

Following her death, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had received some members of the Federal Executive Council as well as members of the National Assembly who visited him at NAF Headquarters, to condole with him over the unfortunate demise of the young NAF pilot.

Air Marshal Abubakar recalled how, while on basic helicopter course in South Africa, she was selected, because of her excellent performance, to undergo a more advanced flying course on the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy before returning to finish the basic course along with her other colleagues in South Africa.

Such, the CAS said, was her commitment to excellence on the job.

“This was what gave us the confidence to assign her to introduce the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, during the induction ceremony at the Eagle Square in Abuja on 6 February 2020; which she did excellently”, he added.

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