Suspected killers of Arotile handed over to Nigeria police


Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially handed over to the Nigeria Police Force the three suspects: Nehemiah Adejoh, Igbekele Folorunsho and Festus Gbayegun, involved in the incident that led to the death of Nigeria’s first female helicopter combat pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.

Giving brief highlights during the handover at the NAF Base Kaduna, the Commander 453 Base Services Group (453 BSG), Hadi Ahmed, recalled how, on  July 14, at about 4.30pm, a KIA Sorento SUV, with registration number: AZ 478 MKA (Kaduna), driven by Adejoh, with two other passengers, knocked down Arotile when she was walking along Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa Road in the Base, leading to her eventual death.

Ahmed highlighted that the three persons involved in the accident, who were former schoolmates of the late Flying Officer at the Air Force Secondary School in Kaduna, were on their way to visit the wife of a serving senior officer residing in the Base before the accident occurred.

He stated that NAF would continue to cooperate with the Nigeria Police and provide all necessary support to enable it carry forward the case to its logical conclusion.

It would be recalled that NAF, during a press conference on July 19 to give details of the outcome of its preliminary investigations, had informed Nigerians that the three persons involved in the accident would be handed over to the Nigeria Police for further investigation and possible prosecution in line with extant laws.

Idowu Sowunmi