The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has disclosed the identity of the killer of Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.
Air force Spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola disclosed this at a briefing on Sunday in Abuja.
He gave the name of the person who drove the car that killed Arotile as Nehemiah Adejoh.
He said he is an ex-classmate of the deceased who died at the age of 24.
“Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun, drove past her in a Kia Sorento SUV, with Registration Number AZ 478 MKA,”. Daramola said while giving a report on the preliminary investigation.
“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”.
But, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, says the sudden death of Tolulope Arotile has caused a national mourning.
He expressed sadness over the passing of the Nigeria’s first female combat pilot.
In a statement on Sunday, Edegboruwa called it tragic, painful and gruesome.
“The inconsistent stories emerging from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has not helped to douse the suspicions”, the SAN said.
He noted that the least Nigerians expect is a proper investigation, followed with a Coroner’s Inquest, including an independent autopsy report.
Adegboruwa stated that there is no point in rushing to bury her in the light emerging revelations.
The legal practitioner further posed 10 questions before the the Nigeria Air Force:
1 Who drove the car?
2 Where did the accident happen?
3 Where was Arotile going to?
4 A reversing car means it had passed her, so was she trekking?
5 Was she blindfolded not to see the reversing car to escape?
6 Were her legs tied?
7 What kind of medical treatment did she receive?
8 In which hospital was she treated?
9 Who called her out from her rest after a successful air combat on bandits?
10 Why are there inconsistent statements from the NAF being released in bits and pieces?”
The Senior lawyer urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct a full investigation into the death and suspend the burial plans until the conclusion of the investigations.
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