LATE ACCESS BANK CEO WIGWE, WIFE AND KIDS WERE IN THE US TO WATCH SUPERBOWL 58 SCHEDULED FOR TODAY

 

The Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Herbert Wigwe, his wife, and two children who died in a crash on Friday night were in the US to watch Super Bowl 58, an American football competition.

The chopper transporting the family crashed in California, United States of America. FTN reports that the chopper was headed to Las Vegas when it crashed near a border city between Nevada and California.

It was gathered that Wigwe left Lagos on Wednesday to watch the Super Bowl 58. 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 to watch the U.S. Super Bowl.

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.

US officials had said the helicopter crashed near Nipton on the edge of the Mojave Desert late on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has said that he was shocked and devastated over the death of Herbert Wigwe, his family, and Ogunbanjo.

In a press statement by the governor, made available to the journalists on Saturday in Benin, he said, “The news of the passing of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Bank Holdings, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, who died in a helicopter crash in the United States of America has left me extremely shocked and devastated.

“We also unfortunately lost Wigwe’s wife and son as well as the former group chairman of Nigeria Stock Exchange, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, in the crash.

“The tragic incident is painful and heart-wrenching and we pray for God’s abiding comfort in this profoundly difficult time.

“Wigwe was a colossus in Nigeria’s financial sector, leading Access Bank to become an international brand that placed Nigeria on the global map of first-class financial services.

“I commiserate with the Wigwe family, the Ogunbanjo family, Access Bank Holding, the Nigeria Stock Exchange, friends, and associates and pray that God will grant all the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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