Nigerians Continue to Mourn Slain Air-force Personnel

Love Turn Sour

By Akinwale Kasali

Friends and colleagues of an Air-force Personnel are still yet to come to terms over the death of Oladipupo Solape, who was allegedly shot and killed by her jealous lover.

Shock, pain and anguish still trails the death of Solape, referred to as Shomzy Shomzy by friends and colleagues. She was allegedly killed on Sunday morning at the Air Force Base in Makurdi.

Her shocked friends and colleagues have taken to the social media to mourn her.

A friend shared a screengrab of his last Whatsapp chat with her along with the message, indicating she would be missed.

He wrote, “R.I.P my dear FRD it really hurt me, I am sad I remember Tuesday or Wednesday that we chat last around 12:30. When we start chatting, you promised to come on my junior birthday in July and you said you are in Makurdi right now and I prayed for you. And you told me God is ur strength.

“Almighty God my friend have faith in u and u can’t protect her crying crying. We love u but almighty God love u most my Facebook daughter I won’t forget ur memory.love u. Oladipupo Solape and now Shomzy Shomzy I miss u.”

Yet another of her colleague wrote, “I wished you happy birthday last two weeks; I can’t believe that you will go and leave me my course mate my regular. I love you but God loves you more. R I P and your blood never be in vain.

The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed the arrest of an air force man, Kalu B.A, for allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend, in Markudi, Benue State.

The incident happened on Saturday at the NAF Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, Benue State.

It was learnt that the lady, popularly referred to as Shomzy, was allegedly shot dead by Kalu after he accused her of having a romantic affair with other men.

The magazine gathered that the two air force officers had had an affair for some months, after they met at a military parade.

It was learnt that Oladipupo, who hailed from Badagry, Lagos State, was on Saturday allegedly shot dead by Kalu after the latter accused her of dating other men.

After the killing, it was speculated that Kalu also shot himself because of his post on his Facebook page, which read, “My last night as an airman. Ask about me later and hear my story, you will be surprised.”

It was, however, learnt that Kalu had been arrested and in military detention.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said investigations were ongoing into the matter to ascertain the motives of the suspect.

He said, “An airman and an airwoman were involved. They had a love relationship which resulted in the shooting. We do not yet know what transpired between them.

“She was initially rushed to NAF hospital, but when it was beyond their control, she was transferred to the state hospital where she died. The body has been recovered to our base now.

“The boy (Kalu) has been arrested. He did not die. The post on the social media is mere speculation. He is alive and in custody. Investigations are ongoing into the incident. We will unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.”

Meanwhile, friends of the late Oladipupo took to her Facebook page to mourn her, saying that Kalu must be prosecuted for the killing.

One of the friends, identified only as Esther, wrote, “This is why military girls do not like dating soldiers. This is madness. If she was in love with a civilian, he would not even dare to slap her. This is too much.”

Another wrote, “Rest in Peace, Shomzy. Your death is something I cannot easily forget because of your great military plans. Well, I can’t continue crying my dear, because all I have to do is to let go of what I cannot change.”

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