(Breaking News) NAF Releases Findings On Arotile’s Death, Names Driver, Refers Case To Police
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) today Sunday, July 19, 2020 released preliminary findings of the death of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile and also revealed the identity of the driver of the car that hit her as ‘Mr Nehemiah Adejoh”.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja.
“Mr Nehemiah Adejoh” is Arotile’s ex-classmate, who drove the vehicle that hit Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.
The details of the circumstances surrounding the death of the 24-year-old pilot, he informed have been communicated to her bereaved family.
According to Daramola the report of the preliminary investigation carried out by NAF indicates that the late Arotile met three of her former schoolmates at the Air Force Secondary School now Air Force Comprehensive School, Kaduna on the day of the unfortunate incident.
Speaking further he said, “Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun, drove past her in a Kia Sorento SUV, with Registration Number AZ 478 MKA. 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.”
The image maker stated that Arotile was rushed to NAF hospital in the base but was confirmed dead at 04:45pm.
The three ex-classmates, Daramola said were immediately detained and subjected to alcohol test but no such substance was found in their systems.
According to him, “It was however discovered that the driver of the vehicle, Mr Nehemiah Adejo, did not have a valid driver’s licence.
“Being a civil case, the matter will be handed over to the Nigeria Police with a view to further investigating and charging the suspects to court in accordance with extant laws.”