Two Nigerians have now been confirmed to be among the 157 passengers and crew who died in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi that crashed today March 10th.
They are Professor Pius Adesanmi, who was carrying a Canadian passport. The popular columnist and activist teaches at Carlton University in Canada, while the second person is Ambassador Abiodun Bashua of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was carrying a UN passport.
The late Bashua was former UN and AU Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan.
A UN official said there were a number of UN staff on board and there may have also been some freelance interpreters. The difficulty is that UN members don’t always travel with their UN passports so the organization does not have a full number at the moment.
More than 4,700 political, business and civil society officials are gathering in Nairobi for the UN Environment Assembly, which runs from March 11 to 15.
Rescue teams collect remains of bodies amid debris at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 10, 2019.MICHAEL TEWELDE/AFP/Getty