Late Flying Officer Tolu Arotile receives RAYL posthumous award

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Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Late flying officer Tolulope Arotile has been awarded the “Royal African Young Leadership Forum 2021post humous award.

The award, organised by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi held at the Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, saw this late pilot described as a patriotic Nigerian who served her country with dedication before her death.

Arotile contributed significantly to combat operations against insecurity in the northern states of Nigeria. Two years into her career, Arotile had acquired 460 hours of helicopter flight, which was an outstanding performance for a combat pilot. She saw action against the Boko Haram terrorists, several paid tributes to her skill and bravery. In the fight against ISWAP.

Arotile died on 14 July 2020 as a result of head injuries sustained in a road traffic accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State, when she was said to be by the vehicle of a former Air Force Secondary School classmate who was supposedly trying to greet her.

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