Nigeria-born Canadian scholar, Prof Pius Adesanmi and a former Nigerian diplomat with the United Nations, Ambassador Abiodun Bashua, were among the 157 passengers on board the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday morning, with no survivors.
Adesanmi, a columnist with the Nigerian Tribune – Injury Time with Pius Adesanmi, and a Canadian-based Professor was a native of Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi state Kogi State.
On this fateful day, he was said to be flying with a Canadian passport, the reason he was not immediately counted as a Nigerian when rescuers were identifying the crashed passengers.
Ambassador Bashua, a retired Nigerian diplomat said to be carrying a UN passport was onboard the ill-fated Ethiopian Airline plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, which lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes after taking off.
The plane crashed near Bishoftu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital.
In a statement, the airline operators said 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans and seven British nationals were among the passengers.