UPDATED: Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe dies in helicopter crash

Enitan Daramola
Enitan Daramola
Herbert Wigwe

The Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Herbert Wigwe, has died in a helicopter crash on Friday in the United States of America.

Reports revealed that Wigwe was with his wife and son when the chopper crashed near Nevada, US.

Amongst the six passengers on board was also the group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Abimbola Ogunbanjo.

Semafor, quoting an unnamed source to the Access Bank co-founder’s team reported that Wigwe was on his way to this weekend’s Super Bowl American football event which is taking place in Las Vegas on Sunday.

According to the New York Times, no survivors have been located as of Saturday morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter crashed at around 10 p.m. local time near Nipton, California, an unincorporated community about 60 miles south of Las Vegas in eastern San Bernardino County.

As of the time of filing this report, the other victims in the chopper crash have not yet been identified.

Meanwhile, Access Holdings is yet to confirm Wigwe’s death as of press time.

The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, confirmed the news to The PUNCH.

Johnson, said “His (Wigwe’s)  death is confirmed. It is a big loss to every sector.  And not just himself, with his wife and son. It is very painful, ” the commissioner said.

Johnson said the state government would issue an official statement later.


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