The remains of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile have arrived at the military cemetery on Airport Road as the funeral rites commenced.
An ambulance belonging to the Nigerian Air Force with registration number AF 442, brought in the body.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his wife; the House Committee Chairman on Air Force, Bala Ib’n Nalla and the family members of the deceased have also arrived at the cemetery.
The country was thrown into mourning last week Tuesday when the Nigerian Air Force first announced that the country’s first female combat helicopter pilot died from a road traffic accident at the NAF base in Kaduna State.
The air force said the female officer sustained head injuries from the accident when she was “inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force secondary school classmate while trying to greet her.”
NAF said Arotile was hit by an ex-classmate, Nehemiah Adejoh, who had no valid driver’s licence, noting that the matter, being a civil case, would be transferred to the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, top female officers in the ranks of generals in the Nigerian Armed Forces have visited the Nigerian Air Force headquarters in Abuja to condole with the Service.
The female officers from the Defence Headquarters, led by the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans (CDPP), Air Vice Marshal Charles Oghomwen, described the life of the deceased pilot as short but impactful and prayed God to grant her family and the NAF to bear her painful death.