FLYING OFFICER TOLULOPE OLUWATOYIN SARAH AROTILE - (1995 - 2020)

Born on 13 December 1995 to the family of Mr and Mrs Akintunde Arotile in Kaduna, Flying Officer Tolulope Oluwatoyin Sarah Arotile, hails from Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State. She attended Air Force Primary School, Kaduna from 2000 - 2005 and Air Force Secondary School, Kaduna from 2006 - 2011 before she later gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna as a member of 64 Regular Course on 22 September 2012. Flying Officer Arotile was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer on 16 September 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Nigerian Defence Academy. Flying Officer Arotile was winged as the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force on 15 October 2019, after completing her flying training in South Africa. She holds a commercial pilot license and also underwent tactical flying training on the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy. Incidentally, she introduced the newly acquired Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, during the induction ceremony at Eagle Square in Abuja on 6 February 2020.

Flying Officer Arotile died on 14 July 2020 at the age of 24, when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force Secondary School classmate while trying to greet her. Before her untimely death, Flying Officer Arotile made significant and outstanding contributions to the war against terrorism, armed banditry and other forms of criminality in the Country, flying several combat missions. Flying Officer Arotile joined the Nigerian Air Force out of passion for the job. In her words “I joined the military simply out of passion for it. Being a military personnel has been a long time ambition, the carriage and what it stands for are simply exceptional”. Gone too soon like a candle in the wind, she will be greatly missed by the entire Nigerian Air Force family. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the Service, consoles with the family of late ‪Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. May her gentle soul continue to Rest In Peace.

 

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Comments (13)

Ishaq abubakar

  • 2 months ago

Wow she did a great job nd may All might Allah continue to protect her nd take her to d better nd stage ameen


MOSES FRIDAY

  • 2 months ago

SHE HAS BEEN A GREAT HERO, MAY HER GENTLE SOUL REST IN PEACE


Haruna Bulus

  • 2 months ago

May her gentle soul rest in peace with the Lord Amen. May the Lord console her family.


Adekoya Oluwaseun

  • 2 months ago

She I surely going to be missed. I can't wait to join the force



OGHI GIDEON

  • 2 months ago

SHE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB AND HAS LIVE A GREAT LEGACY IN THE NIGERIA AIR FORCE, MAY SHE GENTLE SOUL REST IN PEACE




May her gentle soul rest in peace try peace. Continue rest with ur Lord. We are always remember u now and always.


Uwaila Osas Mary

  • 2 months ago

Being a military personnel has always been my dream and i can't give it up most especially when i know officers like you served the country with all of your heart. Your legacy will forever live on. Rest in peace young officer.



SANDRA ALICHE

  • 3 weeks ago

May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace😭😭 I pray that others start from where she stopped. We will make our country proud.


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