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Arotile’s Death: Court frees two suspects

NEWSMAN, Kaduna – Two out of the three suspected killers of Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile have been set free by a Chief Magistrate Court 1 in Kaduna.

Arotile was knocked down and killed by a reversing car on 14th July 2020 at the Nigerian Airfoce base, Kaduna state.

Chief Magistrate Benjamin Hassan discharged 2nd and 3rd suspects, Folorunsho Igbekele Faith and Gbayegun Deji, based on Police investigation which did not find them wanting and the legal advice from the state’s Director of Public Prosecution Bayero Dari that they had no case to answer.

However, the first suspect, Nehemiah Adejor, who drove the reversing car that alledgedly killed the Air Force Officer, is to be charged for culpable homicide and criminal conspiracy in the State High Court, Punch reported.

The 2nd and 3rd suspects were passengers in the said vehicle.

The legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution noted that there was no premeditation in the death of the Flying Officer Arotile, but “there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the 1st suspect, Nehemiah Adejor, for culpable homicide not punishable with death.”

Meanwhile, Police Public Relations Officer Kaduna State Police Command, Muhammad Jalige, while speaking on the matter, said, “Based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution, the 1st suspect, Nehemiah Adejor, is going to be arraigned at the State High Court for culpable homicide not punishable with death on the 3rd of September, 2020.”

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