Damilola Adegboye , the immediate elder sister of the late first female combat helicopter pilot in the history of Nigerian Air Force, Tolulope Arotile, has called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death .
Adegboye in an interview with The PUNCH on Thursday said the family is devastated by the untimely death wondering how the reverse of a vehicle could kill a person in such manner .
Arotile died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base in Kaduna State .
Adegboye said, “ We in the family are not convinced that Tolu can just die like that in a freak accident. I know that the military is well trained in the art of investigation , we want them to carry out a thorough investigation that can convince us beyond all doubts that the incident that led to her death was real .”
She said on the day of the incident , Arotile and herself were in the room where she was sleeping
“ A call came into her phone which she picked but from the way they spoke , I knew the caller must be a senior officer calling her to come to Airforce base. She felt reluctant and I offered to drop her off .
“ One hour later , I read online that something serious had happened to her. I couldn’t believe that somebody I just dropped off is dead ,” she explained.
Also speaking , the mother of Arotile went down memory lane about how she gave birth to her describing her as a special child adding that fasting and prayer was her hobby .
Meanwhile the Kogi State House of Assembly has called on the state government to immortalise her.The call was contained in a motion moved by the member representing Ijumu Constituency, Kilani Olumo, at plenary on Thursday .
Olumo said the deceased pilot had contributed her quota to the ongoing fight against insecurity in the country .
He noted that her death is painful and a great loss to the state , pointing out that immortalising her is a reward for her hard work and dedication to the protection of the nation ’s territorial integrity .
Seconding the motion , the member representing Lokoja One Constituency , Umar Tenimu described the motion as timely in view of the efforts of the late combat pilot to the nation ’s security efforts .
The Speaker, Matthew Kolawole , in his ruling , called on the state government to urgently immortalise the young icon .
A minute silence was observed in honour of the late first female combatant helicopter pilot .
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