NAF names classmate involved in Tolulope Arotile’s death

By AdvocateNews on 19/07/2020

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Late Tolulope Arotile
Late Tolulope Arotile

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has released the preliminary result of the investigation conducted to unravel the cause of the death of Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.

The NAF made the revelation at a press briefing on Sunday, following requests for a detailed investigation into the cause of Arotile’s death that shocked the country.

According to NAF, preliminary investigation revealed that Arotile died as a result of blunt force trauma and too much bleeding after she was hit by her secondary school classmate.

NAF revealed the name of the ex-classmate as Nehemiah Adejoh and said since the matter is a civil case, it would be handed over to the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), and that the suspect would be charged to court accordingly.

According to NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola, two other persons were with Adejoh, who drove the vehicle that hit Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.


Giving a report of a preliminary investigation carried out, the NAF spokesperson said the late Arotile met three of her former schoolmates at the Air Force Secondary School now Air Force Comprehensive School, Kaduna on the day of the unfortunate incident.

He said, “Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun, drove past her in a Kia Sorento SUV, with Registration Number AZ 478 MKA. It is noteworthy that Messrs Adejoh, Folorunsho and Gbayegun are all civilians who live outside NAF Base Kaduna, but were on their way to visit one Mrs Chioma Ugwu, wife of Squadron Leader Chukwuemeka Ugwu, who lives at Ekagbo Quarters on the Base.

“Upon recognising their schoolmate, Arotile, after passing her, Mr Adejoh, who was driving, reversed the vehicle, ostensibly in an attempt to quickly meet up with the Deceased, who was walking in the opposite direction. In the process, the vehicle struck Flying Officer Arotile from the rear, knocking her down with significant force and causing her to hit her head on the pavement. The vehicle then ran over parts of her body as it veered off the road beyond the kerb and onto the pavement, causing her further injuries.”

Daramola said Arotile was rushed to NAF hospital in the base but was confirmed dead at 04:45pm.

He explained that the three ex-classmates were immediately detained and subjected to alcohol test but no such substance was found in their systems.

“It was however discovered that the driver of the vehicle, Mr Nehemiah Adejo, did not have a valid driver’s license.

“Being a civil case, the matter will be handed over to the Nigeria Police with a view to further investigating and charging the suspects to court in accordance with extant laws,” he added.

Posted 19/07/2020 10:14:31 PM


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