The Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, is reportedly feared dead after a helicopter crash near the Nevada border in California, USA. It’s reported that his wife and son were also on board.
As of Saturday morning, authorities have not located any survivors, according to the New York Times.
The Federal Aviation Administration said a Eurocopter EC130 helicopter crashed near Nipton, Calif., around 10 p.m. local time. Nipton is a small community about 60 miles south of Las Vegas in eastern San Bernardino County.
It is still unclear where the helicopter took off from or where it was going, reports state.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are looking into the crash. NTSB representatives are set to reach the site on Saturday to investigate further.
This news is not just ordinary; it represents a significant loss as Herbert was one of Nigeria’s prominent figures in the finance and banking industry. His career in financial services spanned over 27 years, culminating in him being CEO and GMD of Access Bank, and until his death, the number one person at Access Holdings, owners of Access Bank.
As one of Nigeria’s top corporate bankers, Herbert played a key role in developing some of Africa’s largest companies by employing a unique model that involves understanding and providing financial support and expertise. With his experience as an entrepreneur, Herbert recognized the innovative potential of young people and actively mentors aspiring entrepreneurs.
His commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable banking practices has earned Access Bank numerous accolades, positioning the bank as a leader in corporate citizenship. In April 2019, Access Bank made history by listing Africa’s first Climate Bonds Standard fully certified corporate Green Bond on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and FMDQ.
Wigwe, Access Bank, and UNICEF also joined forces to aid vulnerable children, orphans, and internally displaced persons in northern Nigeria. To promote this cause, the bank hosts the annual Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament, a prominent event aimed at raising awareness and support.
On January 19, 2024, Herbert said on his social media handle, “Today let us remember that life is a precious gift – a chance to breathe, feel, love, experience, and connect.
“Let us honor this gift by living with purpose, kindness, and gratitude, making every moment count. Let us number our days.”
On Sunday February 11th 2024, at 10:57am, Access Holdings, the owners of Access Bank in a statement confirmed the news regarding Mr. Wigwe’s demise via social media.