Arotile: Car owner’s absence stalls trial of suspected killer

Tolulope Arotile burial

A magistrate court in Kaduna on Monday adjourned hearing in the death of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile when the owner of the car that killed her failed to show up in court.

Chief Magistrate Benjamin Hassan adjourned to September 14 for the commencement of hearing since David Adejoh, the owner of the Kia Sorento SUV and his surety were absent in court.

Arotile, 24, died on July 14 after she was hit by Mt Adejoh’s car at the Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna, Kaduna.

Adejoh was arraigned on August 12 on a two-count charge of negligent conduct and causing danger to person or property in which he pleaded not guilty.

His brother Nehemiah Adejoh the alleged suspect behind the wheel of the car was also arraigned on a four-count charge of causing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, driving without driver’s license, and driving without authorisation of the owner.

Two occupants of the car Faith Folorunsho and Deji Gbayegun have been ordered released by the court which did not find them culpable in Arotile’s death.