The Group Chief Executive Officer, Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, is reported dead.
Wigwe was said to have died following a helicopter crash in California near the Nevada border, United States of America.
There were no survivors.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter crashed at around 10 p.m. local time near Nipton, Calif., an unincorporated community about 60 miles south of Las Vegas in eastern San Bernardino County.
Herbert Wigwe left Lagos State, Nigeria, on Wednesday to watch the Super Bowl 58, an American football competition.
The LVIII will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
“Wigwe’s wife and two kids also died in the crash. He left Lagos on Wednesday on Wednesday to watch the U.S. Super Bowl.
“One Bimbo Ogunbanjo was also on the flight. Bimbo Ogunbanjo is the son of business man, Chris Ogunbanjo,” a top source revealed on Saturday.
Abimbola Ogunbanjo is also the group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group)
Herbert Wigwe and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were absent at the Access Bank Lagos Marathon on Saturday.
The governor was represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.
The United States government confirmed the crash as well as the death of all on board.
His wife, Chizoba and son were also was on board the helicopter with him.
This the latest crash in a number of high-profile aviation disasters in the US.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Saturday that the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a Eurocopter EC 130 helicopter that crashed around 10 pm.
San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department officials said the cause of the crash is unknown.
Six passengers were onboard, however, no survivors found so far.
According to Dr Dípò Awójídé, ”Herbert Wigwe was one of the true champions of Human Capital in Nigeria and Africa. He wrote some much about skills, education and recently started a university. God please console his family and friends. This is tragic and heartbreaking 💔. God please have mercy!!! 😭😭😭”
Meanwhile, Pan-African financial group, Access Corporation, owners of Access Bank Plc, in the wee hours of this Sunday, February 11, broke its silence on the plane crash that reportedly killed its Chief Operating Officer, Mr, Herbert Wigwe, and his family in the United States of America (USA).
An e-mail from Access Corporation to stakeholders entitled “IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT”, arrived at 1:28 AM.
It reads: “We have received numerous inquiries concerning an airplane crash in the USA.
“Presently, we lack specific information; however, we are actively cooperating with US authorities who will furnish updates.
“Your understanding and support are valued, and we commit to keeping you informed promptly as we receive updates on the situation.”
All are believed to have died along with the pilot, although their remains have yet to be found.