The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the National Assembly and the international community to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Nigeria’s first female combat pilot, Tolulope Arotile.
According to HURIWA, the death of an officer in such a questionable circumstance calls for investigation, saying “This is not acceptable by any sane person.”
In a statement jointly signed by the national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the national media affairs director, Zainab Yusuf on Thursday, HURIWA lamented that Nigeria “kills her best every day due to political corruption that has become a trademark” of 98 per cent of powerfully-connected politicians.
“The story of how she died as told by the Air Force has made Nigeria look like a banana republic; a place where the sanctity and sacredness of a human person are not respected.
“We are therefore calling on the Nigerian government to set up a medical/forensic/ballistic investigative team to ascertain the actual cause of her death. We also want amnesty international to look into her death,” the statement said.
In a similar vein, Arotole’s elder sister, Damilola Adegboye, has also lent her voice to the call for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding her sister’s death.
She was quoted to have said “We, in the family, are not convinced that Tolu can just die like that in a freak accident. I know that the military is well-trained in the art of investigation; we want them to carry out a thorough investigation that can convince us beyond all doubts that the incident that led to her death was real.”
Also, the president of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC), Prof. Banji Akintoye, emphatically called for a probe, saying “The YWC calls for thorough and transparent investigation of the accident. This is so that we, who are Tolulope’s people, may have some peace in knowing what really happened, and also that useful lessons can be learnt that can help prevent a recurrence.”