- Nehemiah Adejoh, the suspect who drove the car that ran over Tolulope Arotile has said his action was a mistake
- The suspect told a Kaduna magistrate court that he never intended to cause her death
- The court has remanded him in prison pending further hearing
Nehemiah Adejoh, the suspect who drove the car that killed Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile has said he never intended to kill the flying officer.
The suspect told a Kaduna magistrates court on Thursday, August 20, that he mistakenly ran over the deceased, Daily Trust reported.
Adejoh was reported to be the one behind the steering of the vehicle that knocked down Arotile on July 11 before she was pronounced dead at the Nigerian Air Force hospital.
Driver says he killed female helicopter pilot, Arotile by mistake
But he, however, denied having any premeditated plan to kill her in his cautionary statement.
He explained that on sighting the deceased walking along the roadside at the Air Force base, he started reversing the car in order to exchange pleasantries with her but mistakenly ran over her.
The police have charged the suspect with culpable homicide. The chief magistrate, Danjuma Hassan has ordered the suspect to be remanded in prison.
The judge fixed 3 October as the day for further hearing.
Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state on Thursday, July 23 said the sacrifices of the Nigerian first female helicopter combat pilot, Late Tolulope Arotile was so huge that the nation cannot forget.
Governor Bello stated this at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja where the remains of the late Flying Officer Arotile was laid to rest.
He said Tolulope as a young female pilot who fought for the peace of the nation both on land and in the air and died at 24 remained a huge inspiration for both men and women in the country and beyond.
In another report, a former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has written a very touching tribute to the late Tolulope Arotile, the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
On his Twitter page, Jonathan described late Arolite as a “brave patriot who pushed her self beyond limits to demonstrate her uncommon love for our dear nation.
The former president said that his administration allowed females into the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) to train as combatants so as to give equal opportunities in the armed forces.
Tolulope Arotile: NAF Flying Officer laid to rest.