Tolulope laid to rest with military honours


Flying officer Tolulope Arotile has been buried at the National military cemetery in Abuja with full military honours.

Her course mates at the Nigerian Defence Academy played the role of pallbearers.

Those present at the burial included the chief of defense staff, chief of air staff, minister of women affairs minister of humanitarian affairs and the Governor of Kogi state.

Other members of her family paid their last respect to her without their parent, who according to their culture, are not supposed to witness the burial of their daughter.

The ceremonial volley and laying of wreaths mark the peak of the funeral.

Flying officer Tolulope Arotile was winged as the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force on the 15th of October 2019, after completing her flying training in South Africa where she earned a commercial pilots license.

She also undertook tactical flying training on the Augusta 1-0-9 Power Attack helicopter in Italy.

She has taken part in numerous combat operations across the country.


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