The management of the Ethiopian airline which crashed on Sunday has confirmed that Amb. Abiodun Bashua was one of Nigerian passengers on board, NAN reports.

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed Sunday morning en route Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew on board.

Bashua, a retired ambassador was on contract with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

”He was the former UN and AU Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan. A complete gentleman. May God rest his soul, ” the airline said in a message.

It also confirmed that another Nigerian, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, who used his Canadian passport was on board of the ill-fated aircraft.

“We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today,” it said.

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