The Senate on Thursday, observed a minute silence in honour of the late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, the first female combat helicopter pilot of the Nigerian Air Force.
The red chamber also condoled with the Arotile family, the Nigerian Air Force, Governor Yahaya Bello and the people of Kogi State.
This was sequel to a point of order raised on the floor of the Senate about her demise by the representative of the Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Smart Adeyemi,
The red chamber did not approve an additional prayer by Adeyemi who sought his colleagues’ approval for a monument to be named after the late Arotile at her local community in Kogi State.
The representative of Kogi East Senatorial District, Senator Jibrin Issah, called for a full scale investigation into the death of Arotile.
Adeyemi had urged the Senate to note with grief, the death of Arotile who died on Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 in a freak accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna at the age of 24;
He added that the late Flying Officer was winged as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters, Abuja on 15 October 2019, after completing her flying training in South Africa.