Wednesday, 17 April 2024
WorldAmerica: Helicopter crashes in California, CEO of Nigeria's major bank dies

America: Helicopter crashes in California, CEO of Nigeria’s major bank dies

California. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of Nigeria’s largest banks, his wife and son have died after a helicopter crashed in the Mohavi Desert in Southern California. The helicopter crashed at 10pm on Friday and Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe, 57, was among the six people on board.

Former chairman of the Nigerian Stock Exchange ‘NGX Group’, Bamofin Abimbola Ogunbanjo, was also killed in the accident. Nigeria’s former Finance Minister Ngozi Akonjo-Iweala has confirmed these deaths. Iweala is now the Director General of the World Trade Organisation. “Deeply saddened by the news of the death of Herbert Wigwe, his wife and son as well as Ogunbanjo in a helicopter crash,” he said in a post on social media platform X. Wigwe’s death has sent shock waves through Nigeria and the banking sector. There is a wave of mourning in me.

It was under Wigwe’s leadership that Access Bank’s assets and presence grew in many African countries. “Wigwe had the vision to make Access Holdings (the parent company) the biggest company in Africa,” Nigerian presidential spokesman Bio Onanuga said on ‘X.’ The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the helicopter was a Eurocopter EC 120. There were six people aboard. He took off from Palm Springs Airport at around 8:45 pm and was headed to Boulder City, Nevada.

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