Afenifere, family, call for probe over Arotile’s death


Pan- Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere and the family of Tolulope Arotile, the late first Nigerian female combat pilot on Thursday called for a probe in to the death of the young officer.

Recall that late combat pilot aged 24 reportedly died on Tuesday after a car that was reversing hit her, and she hit her head on the road.

The deceased’s sister, Damilola Adegboye, told journalists that the family was devastated by her untimely death and wondered how a car that was reversing could kill her, thus she called for a probe.

She said, “We are not convinced that Tolu can 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 the truth.

She added that the day Tolulope died, she was in the room where she was sleeping, and she got a call.

Adegboye said, “A call came into her mobile phone; from the way she spoke, I knew that the caller must be a senior officer telling her to come to the air force base. She was reluctant and I offered to drop her off.

“One hour later, I saw it online that something serious had happened to her. I couldn’t believe that somebody I just dropped off is dead.”

 Tolulope’s mother equally told journalists that her late daughter was “as a special child who liked to fast and pray.”

On its part,  Afenifere on Thursday demanded a coroner inquest into Tolulope’s death.

Speaking through its national publicity secretary,  Yinka Odumakin, in a statement titled, ‘Afenifere wants coroner inquest into Tolulope Arotile’s death,’ it stated, with the death of the flying officer, “Nigeria the demented chicken sucked one of its finest eggs yet again.”

He said, “It was only eyewitness accounts that unofficially released that it was a colleague of hers who reversed his car to knock her down on the road.

“Unofficial accounts say she just returned from a combat operation before she was knocked down to death. We therefore do not accept that her death was an accident until the report of a coroner says how she died and how a supposed attempt to stop and greet could come with a death impact.

“We say this against what is known of the infiltration of the forces by sympathisers and agents of Boko Haram. We recall the report years back of such agents revealing the routes and timing of movements of our troops to Boko Haram who ambushed them.”

The Kogi State House of Assembly has called on the state government to  the immortalised the deceased who hailed from the state.

A member representing Ijumu Constituency, Kilani Olumo, at plenary on Thursday, made this call through an oral motion.


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