The father of the late Tolulope Arotile, the first Nigerian female combat pilot, the dad, Mr. Akintunde Arotile has opened up on his last encounter with his daughter.
In a chat with one Gbenga Odogun, Tolulope Arotile’s dad, Akintunde Arotile said “…I just thank God that she was able to achieve her dreams as a baby before her death.”
The saddened father Recounting his last conversation with Tolulope Arotile, he said “Just yesterday (Tuesday), at about 1 pm, I called her because she just came back from an operation against the bandits in Katsina.
They gave them one week to rest and so she was sleeping and she told me she was in bed resting. She said she would later go out to make some photocopies and I told her not to stay longer and to return home on time because she was staying with my first daughter in Kaduna.
Around 5.30 pm, somebody called me and asked if I had called her and I said yes. Then the person told me to call her which I did, but there is no response. So, I called her colleagues. They were all crying on the phone. I asked what happened, but they were just crying.
I called one of her bosses who told me that she was in the mortuary and I said Ha! Somebody I spoke with four hours ago and by 5 pm she was in the mortuary. I had to drive to Lokoja from Abuja to enable me to inform her mother physically because I could not break such news on the phone. When I got there, she had gone to the prayer mountain. She came back at 8.30 pm and I told her what I heard, but had not confirmed.”