Ryan E.
February 11, 2024

Nigerian bank executive killed in CA helicopter crash

Herbert Wigwe is arguably one of the greatest financial minds to ever come out of Africa.

Sadly, he has been killed.

Herbert, who led Access Bank Group, was confirmed to have lost his life in a helicopter crash in California's Mohave Desert on Feb. 9.

Five other people have also been confirmed dead.

Nigerian politician Godwin Obaseki reported that Wigwe's wife was also killed in the crash, as well as their son.

Another one of those known to have perished in the crash was Abimbola Ogunbanjo, a former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group.

The crash happened around 9 p.m. on the evening in question, not far from the border that California shares with Nevada.

The helicopter in which they were travelling left Palm Springs Airport at around 8:45 p.m. and was heading to Boulder City, Nevada, near Las Vegas.

At the time of the crash, rainy weather and snowy weather was being reported in the area.

Multiple American agencies have already been investigating the crash, including San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, the NTSB and the FAA.

"The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate," the FAA said. "The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide any updates."

Obaseki, governor of the Edo State, said on social media that he is "extremely shocked and devastated" by the death of Wigwe and his family.

"The tragic incident is painful and heart-wrenching, and we pray for God's abiding comfort in this profoundly difficult time," Obaseki wrote on Twitter. "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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