Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole has received with grief the shocking and sudden untimely demise of the First Nigeria Female Helicopter Pilot of the Nigeria Air Force, Flying Officer Arotile Tolulope which occurred yesterday in a car accident in NAF Base Kaduna.
He said it is devastating, sad and painful to lose a young combat helicopter pilot that was commissioned barely three years ago in the Nigerian Air Force, describing her death at this time as a big blow to the fight against insurgency in the country.
He described the late Flying Officer Arotile Tolulope as one of the young officers that have made Kogi State proud in recent time, hence her untimely demise will linger in our minds forever.
He sympathized and condoled with the immediate family of Arotile Tolulope of Ikoyi Community in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Chief of Air Staff and the leadership of Nigerian Air Force, Government and people of Kogi State, stressing that she will be greatly missed.
He said it is disheartening and painful to lose such a great mind that devoted all her life to the service of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation, noting that her sudden demise has created a great vacuum that will be hard to fill.
He noted that death is an expected end of every mortal and enjoined her family to take solace in the words of God which say for everything under the sun there is a time; a time to be born, and a time to die, urging the Nigerian Air Force to immortalise her gallantry contributions to the fight against insurgency in the country.
Rt. Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole, on behalf of the 7th Assembly, management and staff of the Kogi State House of Assembly wish to commiserate with her immediate family, praying that God will grant us the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
May her soul rest in peace
Chief Press Secretary to the Honourable Speaker Kogi State House of Assembly.