Nigerians Mourn As Access Bank CEO, 5 Others Die In Air Crash

Nigerians on social media have continued to mourn following news of the sudden death of the group chief executive officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe.

Africa Today News, New York gathered that Wigwe died following a helicopter crash in California near the Nevada border, United States of America, The Will reports.

There are also reports that his wife and son were also onboard the ill-fated helicopter.

New York Times reports that no survivors have been located as of Saturday morning, the authorities said.

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.

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It was unclear on Saturday morning where the helicopter departed from and where it was headed.

Efforts to get comments on the development from Access Holdings proved abortive as of the time of filing this report.

The Head of Media Relations at Access Holdings, Kunle Aderinokun, and some members of the media team did not take their calls or respond to messages.

However, Rivers State Government has confirmed the development.

Africa Today News, New York reports that Wigwe hailed from Rivers State, South South Nigeria.

When contacted by one of our correspondent, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, confirmed the incident,  describing it as shocking.

Johnson, who spoke to our reporters on the telephone on Saturday night, described the development as a big loss.

“His (Wigwe’s)  death is confirmed. It is a big loss to everry sector.  And not just himself, with his wife and son. It is very painful, ” the commissioner said.

Johnson said the state government would issue an official statement later.

Africa Today News, New York

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