Arotile: Release CCTV footage to clear murder doubts, activist tells NAF

A human rights activist and author, Comrade Paul Njoku, has urged the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to release the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of how the late first female combat flying officer, Tolulope Arotile, was killed in a car accident inside the NAF Base in Kaduna.

NAF, had in its preliminary investigation on Sunday, ruled out foul play in the death of the pilot, who was knocked down by the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) driven by an old schoolmate at the NAF Base in Kaduna.

But, in a statement in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the activist expressed discomfort over the numerous but inconsistent narratives of the incident.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order a constituted forensic and scientifically transparent corona-inquest, which must be conducted by independent investigative experts.

Njoku said: “I want to believe that there are CCTV footages mounted in and around the Nigerian Air Force Base and its environs in Kaduna State. Nigerians want to view the footage for unified assessments, independent reviews and forensic measurements.

“As a matter of fact, there should be a thorough investigation of all the mobile call-log communications and WhatsApp calls/ messages of all the hierarchy including the survivors of those involved in the road accident inside the Air Force Base in Kaduna”.

He also lamented the innocent but talented deceased officer from all unofficial interpretations “could be assumed to be horrendously murdered by the jealous hegemonic irredentists of our time.

“Nigerians want to be convinced on the possibility of how the driver who has already sighted the direction of his ex-secondary school classmate speedily hit her multiple times or hit her gravely whereby crushing her legs, stomach and head even on a reverse gear when the car brakes were intact.

“We are interested to know if this was not a deliberate and organised murder in other words.

“The world want to be convinced how the driver and two other occupants of the car did not die or sustain any life-threatening injury in such a supposed fatal accident which strawed from a different direction to a far direction as the car is expected to crush into a complete mangle of metals”.

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