In the early hours of Wednesday, the nation was awoken to the death of one of its rare gem, a 23-year-old Airforce combat helicopter pilot, Tolu Arotile.
She was actually the first female combatant pilot in the 55-year history of the Nigerian Airforce, a great feat so many considered was as a result of hard work, focus and endurance.
It was gathered that the young record breaker was also good at what she does, meaning gender wasn’t considered a barrier for her in the male-dominated profession.
Tolu Arotile didn’t die on the battle field which many could have thought that’s where she may end her life but the greatest shock and surprise was when it was gathered that she died following an accident that occured at the Nigerian Airfoce Base in Kaduna State.
It was learnt that a reversing car had hit her and she sustained a head injury.
While mourning the late combatant, Nigerians especially netigens have requested for an investigation into the event leading to her death. Many believe this was a calculated murder rather than a mere accident as widely spread.
Below are some of the reactions as posted on one of the social networking site – Twitter
It’s a known fact that Islamic state (IS) terrorists’ worst nightmare is to be killed by a woman – they believe that they won’t be admitted into heaven if killed by a woman.
I’m not saying Arotile’s death wasn’t an ‘accident’, but all possibilities must be considered
It's a known fact that Islamic state (IS) terrorists' worst nightmare is to be killed by a woman – they believe that they won't be admitted into heaven if killed by a woman.— Osato Corleone (@ReXkPiT) July 15, 2020
I'm not saying Arotile's death wasn't an 'accident', but all possibilities must be considered
May her soul rest in peace and anyone who has hands in her death shall never find peace😢
They just murdered her like they killed formal and only Kaduna Christian governor and some high military chiefs and leaders of southern Kaduna, how can a reversing car kill her is she a kid or is the car reversing with speed?
Rip.. Meanwhile this matter ought to be investigated! Circumstances surrounding her death is too shady
Why do I suspect a foul play?
Accident in a Military base, with all the speed limits and on duty Personel?
23yrs , first female combat pilot, FEMALE and Christian…
An inquiry will help resolve this seeming foul play
Something is not adding up on this her death ooo…looks a stage manage killing ooo…we demand full investigation. Someone said a car reversing knocked her down which led to her death…if that’s true…was the car moving at 100km/Hr…ro have killed her? I dont understand ooo.
They said that she was hit by a reversing car.. If u know Aw to drive, u won’t believe that cooked up story
The exceptional Tolulope Arotile joined the Nigerian Air Force in 2017, went to Starlite International Training Academy in South Africa to complete her flight studies and upon completion was recognized as the first Nigerian female combat pilot just few months after she became a pilot.