Ethiopian Airlines flight number ET 302 believed to be carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa Sunday morning.

The Boeing 737 flight ET 302 was traveling from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya.

The statement by the airline reads:

Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).

The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am. At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities. Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services.

The Association of White Witches in Nigeria, AWWN, has endorsed Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of the forthcoming election.

Their spokesperson Iboi Okhue said God is not happy with Nigeria under the leadership of Buhari. He announced AWWN’s endorsement after a marathon meeting at Obudu Mountain and Zuma Rock in Abuja.

“In our meetings at Obudu Mountain and Zuma Rock in Abuja, the spirits of the forefathers of this country came together to anoint Atiku as the next President of Nigeria.

“Atiku’s endorsement was affirmed when he went to Osun State for his presidential campaign.

“Incidentally, his wife Titi Atiku Abubakar is from Osun state. Atiku’s victory will shock Nigerians and the rest of the world.

“He will get massive votes from the north. This will also be a huge shock to millions of Nigerians.

“God is not happy with the way Nigerians are suffering. The Almighty God is also angry with President Buhari because he is not doing what God appointed him to do.

“The massive killing in this country is not pleasing to God and it is time to change the leadership of this country.”

After eight days of police besieging his house, Nigerian Senator, Dino Melaye finally surrenders himself. However, he insisted he could not breath and faints as he enters the police station.

For a week, Police surrounded his house saying the senator was wanted for interrogation over an alleged homicide. Meanwhile, Melaye announced on social media that he was watching the police via his surveillance cameras, claiming he was not home.

Today, his fellow senators convinced him to step out of his house and surrender to the police who had cut his water and electricity supplies.

A husband has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for keeping his wife locked up in a dark cellar where she was raped by him and his brothers on a daily basis for $7 (about N2,500).

Mariusz Sz. was convicted of abusing his wife between 2006 and 2010. She spent two years locked up in the cellar of their home in northern Poland.

Mariusz Sz (pictured) was jailed for 25 years

The victim — whose name was not revealed — was regularly beaten, starved and repeatedly raped by her husband, his two brothers and another friend.

Local media named him the Polish Fritzl.

Judge Marta Urbanska said: “[The victim] was imprisoned in a cold, dark cellar, in which she was deprived of the possibility of taking care of her personal hygiene and the possibility of dealing with her physiological needs under dignified conditions.

“She was starved, forced to eat meals with her bound hands in a kneeling position. Meals were prepared in a manner that denied her dignity.”

The husband’s two brothers, Andrzej and Marian Sz., and their friend Tadeusz B. have also been charged with raping the victim and face a minimum of three years and a maximum of 15 years in prison if found guilty, according to Grazyna Wawryniuk, spokesman of the Gdansk prosecutor’s office.

All three have pleaded not guilty.

According to Polish media, the twisted hubby “rented” out his wife for about $7, putting a bag over her head and then letting the men rape her.

It is not known how many men raped the woman.

She eventually escaped her cellar prison and called her mother. The victim was worried about her two daughters.

One of the girls, aged four, had been sexually abused.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office, on Thursday, December 20, 2018, intercepted $2.8million (Two Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars), from two people, suspected to be money launderers, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The suspects, namely Ighoh Augustine and Ezekwe Emmanuel, allegedly working for a company: Bankers Warehouse, were nabbed based on intelligence report.

Upon their arrests, they were caught with consignments of two suitcases, containing $1.4 million each, totalling $2.8 million, at the departure lounge of the airport while about to board an Arik Air evening flight to Lagos.

During interrogation, the suspects confessed that they have been in the business of conveying cash for “some notable banks”, for over six years and were in the process of doing same for Union Bank Plc, located at New Market, Onitsha, Anambra State, when they were caught.

The suspects further confessed that they had so far carried out such assignments, “four times this year”.

They are presently giving useful information to operatives of the Commission, and will be charged to court soon.

Few days after a Trump supporter started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to build Trump’s $22 billion wall, two people have started online campaigns to fund ladders and a giant escalator for immigrants to cross over.

While it appears as jokes, both the ladder and escalator campaign organizers have stated whatever amount raised would be donated to help refugees and immigrant centers in America. They will also help immigrants seeking legal asylum.. Below is the statement by the ladder fundraiser:

“We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the U.S. economy. Seems like a bad idea on countless levels for everyone involved.  Maybe we should focus on human rights and creating a community that reflects our supposed values. 

And even though at a rate of $1.7 million daily, it would take their fund about 35 years to raise the $21.7 billion that Trump’s own Dept. of Homeland Security says would be needed  to build said wall, we wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them.

If this seems ludicrous, we welcome you to the coalition of reasonable adults. 

Should we not reach our goal–or should they (ahem) not reach theirs–all funds raised will go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) , a Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

You see, they’ll never reach their goal, but no matter how much we raise, we’re going to reach ours:

Supporting an organization working to help immigrants seeking legal asylum. This GoFundMe isn’t really about ladders at all. It’s about lifting people up.”

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari was booed Wednesday while presenting the 2019 proposed budget before a joint session of the National Assembly.

While some lawmakers clapped for the president, others consistently interrupted him, calling him a liar. When addressing his achievements in fighting corruption, some lawmakers questioned his corruption fight.

In response, the president said “the world is watching us and we are supposed to be above this.”

Below is a detailed report of the rowdy session:

A fast-food outlet in South Africa has been ordered to withdraw a commercial showing an African explorer discovering Europe in 1651.

South African regulators on Tuesday banned the TV ad, saying colonization was “not open for humorous exploitation.”

The advert by Chicken Licken, a chicken restaurant chain, reverses the story of colonization by showing a man leaving South Africa in 1650, sailing overseas and, after many adventures, he comes ashore and meets white locals.

After showing them how to properly hold a paper while showing his disgust, he proceeded to name the place Europe.

Meet Usman, an honest tricycle rider in Taraba State, who returned the sum of N1,150,000 ($3,165) a businessman forgot in his tricycle.

According to Twitter user Hassan Hussain @Hassanpullo who had a video interview with the tricycle rider, Usman went extra miles to track down the businessman and return his money to him in Jalingo, Taraba State.

After returning the money, the owner gave Usman N200 ($0.55) for recharge card.

Below is an interview with Usman in Hausa language

Retired air chief marshal, Alex Badeh, who was Nigeria’s Chief of Defence was shot dead today along the Abuja-Keffi road.

The news of the ambush of his vehicle and his death was confirmed on Twitter by the Nigerian Air Force.

“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, who died today, 18 Dec 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.

“On behalf officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest.”

Before his death, Alex Badeh, was being prosecuted for alleged N3.9 billion fraud.

Gov. Ganduje receiving governor of the year award

The Telegraph newspaper in Nigeria has presented Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State the Best Governor of 2018 award. Ganduje was awarded for his alleged work in health and education sectors, despite allegations of bribery against him.

A few weeks ago, videos of Ganduje allegedly collecting $5 million bribe in form of kickback from contractors were released by The Daily Nigerian. Another video surfaced of the governor allegedly collecting money from another contractor. 

“It is good to celebrate those that are making a difference in our lives,” said the Managing Director of Telegraph newspaper, Funke Egbemode, at the award presentation ceremony. 

The governor continues to be under investigation by a committee of the Kano House of Assembly. 

Buhari made the statement while speaking to the Nigerian community in France earlier in the week.  He complimented the governor for inviting him to Kano State and said Ganduje was very responsible to have continued and completed the projects started by his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has described the governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje as very responsible, despite multiple videos of the governor allegedly collecting bribe.

The Nigerian senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki has quit the All Progressive Congress party, (APC).

Saraki made this announcement on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, saying ‘I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’

Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial district, has announced his escape from ‘kidnappers’ via Twitter.

On Thursday, Melaye was reportedly kidnapped on his way to Lokoja where he was supposed to appear before a court for his ongoing criminal trial.

This morning, however, Melaye announced his freedom on Twitter:

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“I thank God once again for escaping another dangerous attack. I also thank Nigerians for their prayers and show of Love. Spent 11 hours in the wilderness traumatized but God preserved me. God is the best and in whom ONLY I trust. They will continue to try. WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!”
President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, is expected to defect from the ruling All Progressives’ Congress party (APC) after police besieged his house. 

On Tuesday, Saraki escaped an illegal police siege at his Abuja home and made it to the Senate, where he presided over the plenary. 

He announced the defection of 15 senators away from the ruling All Progressives Congress party, APC, and the adjournment of the plenary till September 25, 2018.
APC is now a minority in parliament’s upper house, indicating worsening rifts in President Muhammadu Buhari’s political camp months ahead of an election.
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Fourteen of the 15 lawmakers went to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a letter read on the Senate floor stated. Another senator later left the ruling party while parliament was in session. 

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