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Nigeria Airforce Reveals Identity Of Man Who Killed Combat Pilot Arotile

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Following the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female Airforce combat pilot, the Nigerian Airforce has revealed the the identity and published a picture of her friend, whom it said killed her by mistake.

Nehemiah Adejoh, the man who drove the vehicle that hit the pilot, was said to be her former classmate, who out of excitement to say hello to her, reversed his car to meet up with the pilot, who was walking in the opposite direction.

Preliminary investigation carried out by the NAF further revealed that two of her former schoolmates at the Air Force Secondary School now Air Force Comprehensive School, Kaduna, were also in the car with Mr. Adejoh when the incident occured.

This report was read out by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola.

According to him, Arotile died from head injuries on when she was knocked down Kaduna NAF base.

Daramola 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.”