Herbert Wigwe, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, is feared to have lost his life in a helicopter crash near the California-Nevada border in the United States.
The unfortunate incident, as reported by The Will, claimed the lives of Wigwe, his wife, his son, the Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc – Abimbola Ogunbanjo, and the pilots.
According to accounts from the New York Times, the helicopter, identified as a Eurocopter EC130, crashed around 10 p.m. local time near Nipton, Calif., an unincorporated community situated approximately 60 miles south of Las Vegas in eastern San Bernardino County. It remains unclear on Saturday morning where the helicopter departed from and where it was headed.
As of Saturday morning, authorities have not been able to locate any survivors from the crash.
Details regarding the flight’s departure point and intended destination remained unclear as of Saturday morning, adding to the mystery surrounding the tragic accident.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has initiated an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the crash.
The Access Bank GCEO is also the founder of Wigwe University, and was the Deputy Managing Director of Access Bank from 2002 to 2014, when he became the Group Managing Director and CEO.
The loss of Herbert Wigwe, a prominent figure in Access Holdings Plc, has sent shockwaves through the business community.
His contributions to the company and the broader financial sector have been widely recognized, making this news all the more difficult to bear for colleagues, associates, and shareholders alike.
Today and always, let us remember that life is a precious gift – a chance to breathe, feel, love, experience and connect.
— Herbert Wigwe, C.F.R (@HerbertOWigwe) January 19, 2024