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[Breaking News]: One Nigerian Onboard Ethiopian Airlines That Crashed Shortly After Take Off

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Scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 10, 2019

An Ethiopian Airlines plane from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday morning. All 157 people on board the flight have died, the airline says.

According to CNN The dead were of 32 different nationalities, including eight Americans and one Nigerian.

There is no suggestion yet as to what may have caused the disaster but pilot reported difficulties and asked to turn back, airline CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam  says. He was given clearance to turn back.

A routine maintenance check didn’t reveal any problems, he said. GebreMariam said they have not yet determined the cause of the crash.

“As I said, it is a brand new airplane with no technical remarks, flown by a senior pilot and there is no cause that we can attribute at this time.”

The victims are of 32 different nationalities, an airline spokeswoman says, including:

32 Kenya
18 Canada
1 Austria
1 Belgium
5 The Netherlands
1 Djibouti
6 Egypt
2 Spain
9 Ethiopia
7 France
7 UK
1 Indonesia
2 Israel
4 India
1 Ireland
8 Italy
2 Morocco
1 Mozambique
1 Norway
2 Poland
3 Russia
1 Rwanda
1 Saudi
1 Sudan
1 Somalia
1 Serbia
4 Slovakia
3 Sweden
1 Togo
1 Uganda
8 US
1 Yemen
1 Nepal
1 Nigeria
2 passengers nationality unknown

This is the second Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in less that six months. Lion Air flight went down over the Java Sea in late October, killing all 189 people on board

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Robert Mugabe Dead At 95

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Zimbabwe former president, Robert Mugabe has died, aged 95.

The ex-president who died on Friday September 6th was an independence hero who ruled for 37 years.  Mugabe had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Singapore since April. He was ousted in a military coup in 2017.

He was born on 21 February 1924 in what was then Rhodesia – a British colony, run by its white minority. After criticizing the government of Rhodesia in 1964 he was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial.

In 1973, while still in prison, he was chosen as president of the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu), of which he was a founding member.

 

RIP

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Former Governor Escapes Kidnap

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Ibrahim Dankwambo, Former governor of Gombe State narrowly escaped being kidnapped on Tuesday evening by armed bandits along Abuja-Kaduna Highway, Kaduna State.

According to aide to the former governor, “On our way to Abuja with my Boss, His E Excellency, Dankwambo. kidnappers blocked the Abuja Kaduna road at 4.35pm today Tuesday but our policemen chased them away and we found out that they went away with about 7 people,” an aide to Dankwambo, who pleaded anonymity told The Guardian (more…)

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US Embassy Increases Nigerian Visa Fee Application, Blames Nigerian Government

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In a statement by The United States Embassy in Nigeria says effective from Thursday, August 29, 2019, Nigerians applying for tourism, student and business visas will not only pay the N59, 200 fee but will have to pay an extra $110 (N40, 700) after the visa has been issued to them bringing the total cost to N99, 900.

Applicants seeking the L1 Visa (work permit) will pay an extra N112, 100 if given visas while those applying for H4 Visa (dependency/spousal) will pay an extra N66, 600.

The US Embassy adopts the rate of N370/$1 for Nigerians which is higher than both the official rate and the black market rate.

This move is a retaliation to  Nigeria’s visa fee application to US citizens.

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