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Father Of Late Nigeria's First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot, Tolulope Arotile Speaks, Discloses What She Said To Him Moments Before Her Death.

Late Nigeria's first female combat helicopter pilot, Toluope's father, Mr. Akintunde Arotile, has recounted the last conversation he had with his daughter who did on Tuesday, 14th of July.


Tolulope, 25, died as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.

Speaking in an interview with Sahara Reporters, her devastated father said he called her on the phone on Tuesday, July 14, at around 1 p.m. on her return from an operation against bandits in Katsina State, and by 5 p.m. he was told she had died and was in the mortuary.

Tolulope 's father, Engineer Akintude Arotile, who as of late retired from Nigeria 's transmission business, recently gave an interview. 

 “one of her bosses who told me that she was in the mortuary” he said.

Recounting how he broke the news for the mother of Tolulope, he said,

“I had to drive to Lokoja from Abuja to enable me to inform her mother physically because I could not break such news on the phone.”


Akintunde further stated what he saw when he got to where the mother was, he said; “When I got there, she had gone to the prayer mountain. She came back at 8.30pm and I told her what I heard, but had not confirmed”

“She told me that she will later go out to make some photocopies and I told her not to be long and to return home on time because she was staying with my first daughter in Kaduna. Recounting their last encounter, he said “Just yesterday (Tuesday), at about 1pm, I called her because she just came back from an operation against the bandits in Katsina. They gave them one week to rest and so she was sleeping and she told me she was in bed resting. She said she would later go out to make some photocopies and I told her not to stay long and to return home on time because she was staying with my first daughter in Kaduna.


Around 5:30pm, somebody called me and asked if I had called her and I said yes. The person told me to call her again which I did, but there was no response. So, I called her colleagues and they were all crying on phone. I asked what happened, they were just crying. I called one of her bosses who told me that she was in the mortuary. I was shocked because said she was somebody I spoke with four hours earlier and by 5:00pm she was in the mortuary.” he said

The deceased father stated that he was required to drive from Abuja to Lokoja, Kogi State, to tell his wife of the awful tragedy.

Recalling Tolulope's early days as his fourth child, Mr. Akotile told the reporter that she always desired to become a pilot, and that he thanked God that she had achieved her dream before she passed away.

“She has not just been brilliant but wonderful. She did all her Education from kindergarten to nursery at the Air Force base and Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna. One day, when she was very small, she pointed to one small aircraft packed on the field and said one day she was going to fly that aircraft, and I said Amen.

So, from that day she started working towards getting admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna. She had a degree in Mathematics and became an Air Force Cadet. From there, she was sent on several courses abroad and became a pilot. I thank God that she was able to achieve her dreams as a baby before her death” he said.

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