Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Access Holdings Plc, may have perished in a helicopter crash close to the California-Nevada border, according to a significant but unverified report from the United States.
Five more people were killed when the helicopter, which was traveling to Las Vegas, reportedly crashed on Friday night near a border city between Nevada and California.
Unconfirmed reports claimed that Wigwe, Chizoba, and their son were also participants in the accident.
As of Saturday morning, according to the New York Times, no survivors had been found, according to the officials.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) disclosed that a helicopter crashed Friday night near Nipton, California, with six people on board.
No survivor has been located as of Saturday morning, according to a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The FAA identified the aircraft as a Eurocopter EC 130.
Herbert Wigwe, a brilliant banker and exceptional businessman, was born on August 15, 1966, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
From the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, he received a degree in accounting. He also had an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor), and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London.
He was the CEO of Access Holdings Plc, traded as Access Corporation until his death. After replacing his business partner Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede in January 2014, Herbert served as Group Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank plc, one of Nigeria’s top five financial institutions, until April 2022.
Wigwe held the positions of Chairman of Central Securities and Clearing System (CSCS), Chairman of Access Bank Ghana Limited, Chairman of Access Investment & Securities Limited, and Chairman of Access Bank (UK) Limited.
He is a board member of the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company and a member of the Advisory Board for Friends Africa. His affiliations include the Institute of Credit Administration, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN-FCA), and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, where he holds an honorary membership.