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- Kenya has highest victims
- A Nigerian, Professor Pius Adesanmi is rumoured to be a victim
The crash of Boeing 737 MAX 8 belonging to Ethiopian Airlines which reportedly killed all passengers aboard is an international tragedy.
At the time of compiling this report, every country around the World is eager to know if their countrymen are involved in the disaster since no one survived the crash
Is Prof. Pius Adesanmi a victim of Ethiopia Plane Crash?
It has already been confirmed by Ethiopia Airlines that a Nigeria was among the the 157 victims of the sad incident, but the exact name of the victim hasn’t been stated by the airlines.
However, there are report on the social media that Professor Pius Adesanmi was aboard the plane when it crashed, we can’t confirm that at the moment.
But InfomediaNG got a report that Prof. Pius Adesanmi, a Canadian based Nigerian professor and satirist, who hailed from Kogi State was among the victims of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed on Sunday from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya.
We also found out that the last tweet by the renowned professor was March 9, 2019, that was before the crash.
In his last tweet, he said he came to Nigeria to cast his vote for candidate of his choice at the just concluded Governorship and House of Assembly.
“”Folks, please, remember: “I cast my vote…” Any “I casted my vote” I see on my TL will be considered election violence. I reserve the right to defend myself.Source: @pius_adesanmi
“Adesanmi was said to be carrying a Canadian passport while another Nigerian whose identity is yet to be ascertained was carrying a UN passport, an Ethiopian Airline source in Lagos confirmed just now.
This means there were two Nigerians among the 157 souls on board the crashed 737-800 Max aircraft,” a journalist confirmed to us.
A Twitter user, John O. Oba, also tweeted:
“I just got information that Professor Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian professor with Carlton University in Canada is among those that died this morning on the ill-fated Ethiopia airline. On his way to attend the AU ECOSOCC committee meeting in Nairobi. RIP”
CNN reported that the passenger jet bound for Nairobi has crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 left Bole airport in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, at 8:38am (05:38 GMT) on Sunday and lost contact with the control tower just a few minutes later, at 8:44am (05:44 GMT).
“There are no survivors,” the airline tweeted alongside a picture of CEO Tewolde GebreMariam holding up a piece of debris inside a large crater at the crash site.
The airline said 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board the plane. David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), wrote on Twitter that agency staff were among those on board Flight ET 302.
“Among the most affected, as you may expect, is Kenya, which had about 32 passengers on board,” said James Macharia, Kenya’s transport minister.
According to Ethiopian Airlines, these are the nationalities of the victims that have so far been identified:
- Kenyans: 32
- Canadians: 18
- Ethiopians: 9
- Chinese: 8
- Italians: 8
- Americans: 8
- French: 7
- British: 7
- Egyptians: 6
- Germans: 5
- Indians: 4
- Slovakians: 4
- Austrians: 3
- Russias: 3
- Swedes: 3
- Spanish: 2
- Israelis: 2
- Moroccans: 2
- Polish: 2
- Belgian: 1
- Djibouti: 1
- Indonesian: 1
- Irish: 1
- Mozambican: 1
- Norwegian: 1
- Rwandan: 1
- Saudi: 1
- Sudanese: 1
- Somali: 1
- Serbian: 1
- Togolese: 1
- Ugandan: 1
- Yemeni: 1
- Nepalese: 1
- Nigerian: 1
- UN Passport: 1
Total: 150 passengers
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES
May their souls rest in peace.