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Thursday, July 23, 2020

MINISTER OF DEFENCE, MAJ GEN BASHIR SALIHI MAGASHI (RTD )LEADS LAST PARADE FOR LATE FLYING OFFICER TOLULOPE AROTILE.


The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi(rtd) on Thursday led serving and retired military officers to pay last respect  to late First Female  Nigerian Helicopter Pilot Tolulope
Arotile at her burial held at the National  Military  Cemetery,  Airport road Abuja. 

The Defence  Minister Magashi who was Special Guest was unavoidably away in the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari to Mali and  was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence Sab'iu Zakari  at the solemn ceremony.        The representative of the Minister flanked by ministers, Kogi State Governor,  Yahaya Bello, Chief of Defence Staff,  General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin, the host Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddiq Baba Abubakar as well as the  representatives  of  Service Chiefs, Members of the  National Assembly and the eight- man member of the Arotile  family bid farewell to the gallant  pilot who flew to the great beyond on  July 14th 2020.                     

The  sad atmospheric condition at the burial of the late heroine  expectedly  fulfilled  all Military rites and regimentatiion befitting her pride of place in the National history as a mentee in the service  of the Nigerian Air Force.       

The Special Guest led dignitaries and  top Military Officers  in the laying of wreath at the tomb of the late flying Officer, winged  on 15th October 2019 and had 400 flying hours Combat Mission to her credit in service to the nation  in the fight against  armed banditry  in the North West and North Central  parts of the Country. The symbolic presentation of  National  Colours to the next of kin of the late twenty four years old  pilot and firing  of Volley  by burial party were performed amidst   tears. Oratory remark by the Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Saddiq Baba Abubakar, reading of citation by Coursemate of  the deceased Joy Chukwu and tribute by the representative  of Akin Arotile family characterised the Ceremony.

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