From Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
Nigerian Air Pressure (NAF) on Sunday dominated out foul play within the loss of life of the nation’s first feminine fight helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who was knocked down by the Sport Utility Car (SUV) pushed by an previous schoolmate on the NAF Base in Kaduna.
She was 24.
Giving particulars of its preliminary investigation, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Info, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, mentioned: “The loss of life of Flying Officer Arotile was attributable to blunt drive trauma to the pinnacle and important bleeding ensuing from being struck by the automobile.”
Daramola mentioned NAF would have waited for the conclusion of the investigation earlier than releasing its particulars however “the NAF, in sensitivity to public issues occasioned by the unfold of false info, appreciates the crucial to offer extra readability at this very tough second”.
He mentioned being a civil case, the matter shall be handed over to the police “with a view to additional investigating and charging the suspects to court docket in accordance with extant legal guidelines”.
The NAF spokesman mentioned the driving force of the automobile that killed the pilot, Mr. Nehemiah Adejoh, doesn’t have a sound driver’s licence.
He mentioned Adejoh shall be charged to court docket on the finish of investigations.
Daramola mentioned: “The Nigerian Air Pressure, being a extremely skilled and disciplined organisation, won’t be part of points with any people or teams relating to the spurious allegations of ‘foul play’ espoused in some quarters. Suffice it to say that Flying Officer Arotile was a delight of the NAF in whom the service had invested massively by way of sources, time and power.
“Consequently, it’s ludicrous for anybody to even remotely insinuate malevolent intent on the a part of the service in opposition to one in all its most prized property.”
The NAF spokesman recalled how the Squadron Pilot on the 405 Helicopter Fight Coaching Group (405 HCTG), Enugu, connected to the Air Part of Operation Gama Aiki in Minna, Niger State, died on July 14.
“On July 14, 2020, at 10.55 a.m, the late Flying Officer Arotile acquired a cellphone name from her colleague, Flying Officer Perry Karimo, a fellow helicopter pilot from the 405 HCTG, who needed to debate preparations for his or her return to Enugu, requesting that she involves the Base in order that they may work out the modalities.
“Subsequently, round 10.58 a.m, the late Arotile positioned a name by way of to Squadron Chief Diepiriye Batubo, the Group Operations Officer (GOO) of 405 HCTG, who was in Minna on the time, to make clear points relating to her deployment. It should be highlighted that the decision from Flying Officer Karimo in addition to the one to the Squadron Chief Batubo each passed off earlier than 11 a.m, over 5 hours earlier than the incident, which led to her loss of life,” Daramola mentioned.
He mentioned the NAF did all it may to save lots of her life.
“Flying Officer Arotile was subsequently taken to the 461 NAF Hospital, Kaduna, for remedy, whereas Mr Folorunsho (one of many occupants of the automobile) who can be an Accident and Emergency Nurse on the St. Gerard Catholic Hospital, Kaduna, administered first assist.
“Flying Officer Arotile was confirmed useless by the on-call physician on the 461 NAF Hospital at 4.45 p.m on July 14, 2020, on account of the pinnacle accidents,” he added.
Daramola urged Nigerians to keep away from speculations about Arotile’s loss of life, saying: “It’s of absolute significance that the reminiscence of this fallen hero and our valuable little one is just not tainted by the propagation of misplaced sentiments and wild shenanigans.”