Arotile - NAF Gives Reason For Not Conducting Autopsy

The Nigerian Air Force has given a reason why an autopsy was not carried out on Tolulope Arotile, the first Combat Helicopter pilot in Nigeria who died on July 14.

Speaking on Channels Tv, the Spokesman for the Nigeria Air Force NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, on Friday said an autopsy was not carried out because the circumstances surrounding her death were clear.

Recall that Arotile was confirmed dead after a former classmate allegedly reversed into her at the Nigeria Air Force base in Kaduna State.

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Following her death, Nigerians from different quarters called for an investigation and an autopsy to determine the cause of her death which they termed not ordinary.

But Commodore Daramola also added that her family members were not open to an autopsy as they wanted to move on from the unfortunate incident.

“On the issue of autopsy or further investigation, the family would have initiated that but based on discussions with them and the fact that witnesses were there at the time, Arotile was taken to the Nigerian Air Force hospital in Kaduna.

“There are no doubts to the cause of death which was head injury as a result of blunt force trauma caused by the vehicle hitting her from the rear,” he insisted.

”So, in consultation with her family, her father, Akintunde Arotile, said they wanted closure on this matter and that he was comfortable with the Nigerian Air Force’s investigation which of course is also being transferred to the police.

Arotile was buried on Thursday at the military cemetery in Abuja, amid tears.