Tragic Helicopter Crash Claims Lives of Nigerian Banking CEO and Five Others

In a devastating incident, Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Access Bank Group, was among the victims of a helicopter crash that took place in California’s Mojave Desert. The crash resulted in the tragic loss of six lives, including Wigwe and former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo. The news of their untimely demise was confirmed by Nigerian officials, including the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The fatal crash occurred on Friday night near Nipton, California, not far from the California-Nevada border. Wigwe, along with his wife and son, and four others, boarded the helicopter at Palm Springs Airport, intending to reach Boulder City, Nevada. Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions, characterized by rain and snow, were reported in the area at the time of the incident.

American authorities, including the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the FAA, and the NTSB, are currently investigating the crash. The NTSB will lead the investigation and provide updates as they become available.

Herbert Wigwe’s sudden passing has sent shockwaves through the Nigerian financial sector. The Governor of the Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, expressed his deep sorrow and offered condolences to the Wigwe and Ogunbanjo families, as well as to Access Bank Holding and the Nigeria Stock Exchange. Obaseki praised Wigwe’s remarkable contributions to the international success of Access Bank, which positioned Nigeria as a hub for top-tier financial services.

As the investigation progresses, the families and friends of the victims, as well as the banking community, are left to grapple with the immeasurable loss caused by this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, hoping they find strength and solace during this difficult time.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Access Bank Group to gather more details but is yet to receive a response.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Helicopter Crash Involving Access Bank Group CEO

Q: Who was involved in the helicopter crash?
A: The helicopter crash in California’s Mojave Desert involved six victims, including Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Access Bank Group, and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group.

Q: When did the crash occur?
A: The crash occurred on Friday night near Nipton, California.

Q: Where were the victims planning to go?
A: They were planning to reach Boulder City, Nevada, after boarding the helicopter at Palm Springs Airport.

Q: What were the weather conditions at the time of the incident?
A: The area was experiencing adverse weather conditions, including rain and snow.

Q: Who is in charge of investigating the crash?
A: American authorities, including the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the FAA, and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), are currently investigating the crash. The NTSB will lead the investigation.

Q: How has Herbert Wigwe’s passing impacted the Nigerian financial sector?
A: Herbert Wigwe’s sudden passing has deeply affected the Nigerian financial sector. The Governor of the Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, expressed sorrow and offered condolences. Wigwe’s contributions to Access Bank’s international success positioned Nigeria as a hub for top-tier financial services.

Q: Has there been any response from the authorities or parties involved?
A: Fox News Digital has reached out to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Access Bank Group for more details but has not received a response yet.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and banking community affected by this tragic accident.